• Report: Yankees Done Talking To Jeter Until He “Drinks The Reality Potion”

    Posted by on November 29th, 2010 · Comments (10)

    Is that the new Gatorade product?

    Via Wally Matthews

    Negotiations between the Yankees and Derek Jeter are at a standstill until Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, “drink the reality potion,” according to a source close to the negotiations.

    According to the source, a baseball industry executive who has knowledge of both sides’ position, the Yankees are not budging from the three-year, $45 million offer they made to Jeter earlier this month, nor has Jeter moved off his demand for a longer contract believed to be in the area of $23-$25 million per season.

    No talks took place over the holiday weekend and none are currently scheduled. Neither Yankees general manager Brian Cashman nor Close immediately returned messages seeking comment early Monday.

    Comments on Report: Yankees Done Talking To Jeter Until He “Drinks The Reality Potion”

    1. GDH
      November 29th, 2010 | 2:21 pm

      Bottoms Up Captain!

    2. MJ Recanati
      November 29th, 2010 | 2:28 pm

      GDH wrote:

      Bottoms Up Captain!

      LOL!

      I don’t know who this source is (for all I know, it’s a complete fabrication) but that quote is at the same time: (1) amusing, (2) completely accurate and (3) politically in poor taste.

    3. redbug
      November 29th, 2010 | 4:39 pm

      This is the same Wally Matthews Arod’s fans didn’t believe when he was quoting another “source” bashing Arod.

      If the Yankees really offered Jeter $45 million and it was their only offer, not a starting point, they’re really dumb. Unless, that is, they really don’t want Jeter back. No owner who is serious and sophisticated in today’s market begings w/ their final offer to a player they want. And none, w/ any class makes the offer public, followed by take it or leave it.

    4. Evan3457
      November 29th, 2010 | 6:45 pm

      redbug wrote:

      This is the same Wally Matthews Arod’s fans didn’t believe when he was quoting another “source” bashing Arod.
      If the Yankees really offered Jeter $45 million and it was their only offer, not a starting point, they’re really dumb. Unless, that is, they really don’t want Jeter back. No owner who is serious and sophisticated in today’s market begings w/ their final offer to a player they want. And none, w/ any class makes the offer public, followed by take it or leave it.

      They are waiting for him to present with a reason to move; i.e., a competitive offer. If he doesn’t get one, they don’t have to move an inch, unless they want to.

    5. November 29th, 2010 | 7:59 pm

      @ redbug:

      Ian O’Connor said it wasn’t the first offer.

    6. 77yankees
      November 29th, 2010 | 8:50 pm

      What’s really bothered me about this whole process is how it’s been a pi–ing match from the get go with the assorted members of the Yankee mafia trying to win public favor through the media with their revolving door of sound bites and now these “unnamed source” stories.

    7. November 29th, 2010 | 10:18 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      What’s really bothered me about this whole process is how it’s been a pi–ing match from the get go with the assorted members of the Yankee mafia trying to win public favor through the media with their revolving door of sound bites and now these “unnamed source” stories.

      Amen. Classy Cashman could probably stop this – if he wanted to.

    8. Evan3457
      November 30th, 2010 | 1:08 am

      I don’t think Cashman can control Levine or Trost, but Hal can.

      In any event, I think this is all directed from the top.

    9. MJ Recanati
      November 30th, 2010 | 9:02 am

      @ 77yankees:
      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Your points assume that the sources are actually inside the Yankee organization and that the quotes from these sources aren’t fabricated. While that may be the case, I think we know enough about NY tabloid journalism to know that quotes are fabricated all the time.

      Evan3457 wrote:

      I don’t think Cashman can control Levine or Trost, but Hal can. In any event, I think this is all directed from the top.

      Agreed. Cashman has no motive to trash Jeter in the press. Senior management — whose money it is in the first place — has every motive to do so.

    10. 77yankees
      November 30th, 2010 | 8:46 pm

      Boss George picked his share of battles through the media in the day, but there was never this gang warfare mentality that there has been here.

      Certain people should just keep quiet, whether they’re being put up to it or just trying to play “dress up” in front of the media.

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