During this, the prime holiday shopping season, consumers are constantly bombarded with special offers, markdowns and deals meant to induce the consumer to part with his or her money. The Hot Stove League is no different. For example:
Player A – SS
156 G, 636 AB, 15 HR, 71 R, 71 RBI, 2 SB (0 CS), .269/.312/.381/.692 (90 OPS+), 1.8 WAR (1.2 oWAR/0.6 dWAR)
Player B – SS
157 G, 663 AB, 10 HR, 111 R, 67 RBI, 18 SB (5 CS), .270/.340/.370/.710 (95 OPS+), 1.3 WAR (2.4 oWAR/-1.1 dWAR)
Player C – SS
148 G, 521 AB, 24 HR, 64 R, 85 RBI, 1 SB (2 CS), .248/.310/.440/.749 (99 OPS+), 2.0 WAR (1.8 oWAR/0.2 dWAR)
Player A is feeble offensively but is an average defensive player. Player B, by contrast, offers much more on offense but his overall value is eroded somewhat by below-average defense. Player C provided the most overall value to his team by being an average defensive player and providing value at the plate as well.
We all know who these three players are (A=Miguel Tejada/B=Derek Jeter/C=Juan Uribe). If $6.5M and $21M, respectively, get deals done for two comparable players, what makes Derek Jeter think he’s entitled to more than 3Y/$45M? Legacy, history, captaincy and any other word ending in “y” aside, the market has been set.
Jeter would be generously overpaid at $15M per season so he just needs to sign on the dotted line and move on with his life. More years and more money shouldn’t happen. Period.