But, what if Jeter comes back this year and plays in 70 games and bats .260? And, what if his range in the field is even worse than before his injury?
Will the Yankees then look at him and think “We survived most of 2013 without him – so, why do we need him in 2014?”
And, if the team brass takes this approach, and tells Jeter “Thanks, but, no thanks” for next year, how will that impact the relationship between the player and the team? Think Yogi Berra was thick? He’s nothing compared to Jeter. Imagine a world where Derek Jeter ices out the Yankees and boycotts a return to Yankee Stadium because of bad blood over the way his career ended…
It could happen.