Via George King today -
Derek Jeter eventually will sign with the Yankees, but it looks like a slow dance in an expensive ballroom.
That’s the consensus of sources throughout the sport, so much so that there is little interest among teams to even talk about Jeter because they don’t think he will ever leave The Bronx.
“It’s going to take time,” a source predicted. “But it will get done.”
A Post survey of 15 teams revealed very little interest in even discussing Jeter and what he is worth to other organizations.
“I couldn’t begin to guess because there is a lot to talk about,” an American League general manager said when asked what Jeter could expect to get outside of The Bronx. “There is his leadership and how great he has been. Comparing his skills, that’s different. But all of this is just talk because he should never leave that team. As long as there is mutual interest he has to realize who he is at this point and they have to realize he is a Hall of Famer.”
The Yankees understand they will have to overpay Jeter. But how much and for how long is the most popular question in the Yankees’ vast universe.
Because Jeter and the Yankees won’t use the press to negotiate the deal, it’s hard to figure what Jeter is looking for and how high the Yankees are willing to go.
A scenario where Jeter asks for four years might be countered with the Yankees offering three years between $17 million and $20 million per with an option for a fourth.
“Let’s say $10 million a year is what he is worth outside the Yankees. But to them he is worth a lot more than that because of who he is and what he has done,” an NL administrator said. “He is probably worth three years for $60 million to the Yankees, but they both should find a way to be creative beyond his playing days.”
I understand all this…but, still, part of me thinks back to 1978-79 when the Phillies brought in a 38-year old Pete Rose because they thought his leadership skills, on-field role model benefit, and post-season experience would be the piece of the puzzle to put them over the top.
I mean, if they had the money, couldn’t a team like the Twins benefit from adding Jeter with a two-year deal? Or, what about a team like the Angels? Or, how about Buck Showalter bringing him into to Baltimore to try and help flush out losing attitudes on that team? And, for sure, if Jeter was pushed, and willing to make some concessions, would he not be useful in Tampa next season playing first base for the Rays?
Of course, this will all come down to the money. And, in that case, the Yankees usually win.