Via Ed Price -
Derek Jeter’s agent on Wednesday responded to comments from Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, who went on New York sports-radio stations the day before and sounded cold-blooded about the negotiations on the star’s next contract.
“While it is not our intent to negotiate the terms of Derek’s free-agent contract in a public forum,” Casey Close told FanHouse, “we do agree with Hal’s and Brian (Cashman, the GM)’s recent comments that this contract is about business and winning championships.
“Clearly, baseball is a business, and Derek’s impact on the sport’s most valuable franchise cannot be overstated. Moreover, no athlete embodies the spirit of a champion more than Derek Jeter.”
Close declined further comment, but his words make clear that he and Jeter will seek a deal that rewards Jeter not just for his performance on the field — which declined in 2010, at age 36, but was still top-five among AL shortstops — but also for the value he adds to the franchise.
Let’s not forget that Jeter’s pride would not allow him to consider the thought of moving off shortstop when many felt it was time to switch positions. So, should we be shocked that “the Captain” expects to get paid as much as possible and for long as…say…the guy who plays to his right? You know that guy…the one who needs a day off per week to keep his strength…