• Hank Stein: We Want Jeter

    Posted by on December 1st, 2010 · Comments (4)

    Via the AP

    Hank Steinbrenner thinks Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees will agree to a new contract.

    “I feel confident that Derek will remain with the Yankees, and my brother does, as well,” New York’s co-chairman said Tuesday night in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

    The Yankees resumed negotiations Tuesday with Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, a baseball official familiar with the discussion said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the team and Close didn’t make any announcements.

    Neither the official nor Steinbrenner would discuss what took place directly between the sides in the talks, which were first reported by foxsports.com.

    “I’m not going to get into who’s met who,” Steinbrenner said.

    “We want to keep him. He’s very important,” Hank Steinbrenner said. “I certainly hope he remains with us and he certainly should.”

    I have to say, it is interesting that Jeter’s agent is dealing with Brian Cashman and not the Brothers Steinbrenner and Randy Levine. That’s not how it went down with A-Rod when he was a free agent. In that case, Cashman was not involved in the talks and it was mostly Hank doing the dealing. And, I have to wonder if this also bothers Jeter – that he’s not considered to be special enough to deal directly with the owners. If Big Stein was in his prime, you know he would have been on the front line for this one – and not just leave it up to the G.M.

    Comments on Hank Stein: We Want Jeter

    1. MJ Recanati
      December 1st, 2010 | 9:37 am

      I don’t remember it exactly that way. I remember Hank Steinbrenner and Randy Levine getting involved after the fact and essentially overruling Cashman on his decision to let Rodriguez walk away.

      You’re trying to create the appearance that the Yankees are treating Jeter differently than they treated Rodriguez. Let the story play out to its natural conclusion and then do a comparison, if you must (although there’s really no point in comparing the two negotiations anyway). Right now, we’re merely at the stage where Cashman was handling things.

      In any case, who cares? This is the better way to handle things. A GM should be empowered to handle the team’s negotiations with all free agents. If Jeter feels like he’s being short-changed on the experience then that’s his problem. It would be the same thing with any other team that might wish to speak to him. His conversations would be with the GM first and foremost.

    2. Jim TreshFan
      December 1st, 2010 | 10:11 am

      Things are starting to get interesting. The Giants reportedly are signing Miguel Tejada to a one year, $6.5 million deal to be their shortstop in 2011. That comes on the heels of Juan Uribe’s 3 year, $21 million deal with the Dodgers and Troy Tulowitzki’s 10 year, $157.75 million deal with the Rockies. Jeter wants what?

    3. December 1st, 2010 | 3:46 pm

      ESPN is reporting that Hal and Randy Levine were at the meeting.

    4. MJ Recanati
      December 1st, 2010 | 3:54 pm

      lisaswan wrote:

      ESPN is reporting that Hal and Randy Levine were at the meeting.

      Good, I’m glad to hear it. So now we can dispense with the nonsense that Jeter is somehow being treated unfairly because he hasn’t gotten as much face time with the bosses as A-Rod did in 2007.

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