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Team Jeter responds: Impact can't be overstated

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08:13 AM ET 11.04 | A day after Hal Steinbrenner hit the airwaves to talk about, among other things, the future of Derek Jeter, the captain's agent let it be known that it is indeed a business. If Jeter approaches business decisions with the single-mindedness he exhibits on the baseball field, these talks between the Yankees and their captain, the face of the franchise and among the all-time Yankees greats, could get crusty. [Said agent Casey Close:] "Clearly, baseball is a business, and Derek's impact on the sport's most valuable franchise can't be overstated. Moreover, no athlete embodies the spirit of a champion more than Derek Jeter."

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November 4, 2010  08:15 AM ET

No matter how much he wants he will be overpriced anywhere but NY. Where could he go?

November 4, 2010  08:18 AM ET

Jete could go west to the Dodgers and the hated Red Sox.

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November 4, 2010  08:23 AM ET

They want the team renamed the Jeters!

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November 4, 2010  08:43 AM ET

Jeter does hold a very good hand here. It would be a PR nightmare for the big spending Yankees to let the marquee player walk over a money dispute. This while preparing to pay a widely disliked 42 year old power hitter nearly 30 million per year. Jeter will be back and he will be paid.

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November 4, 2010  09:06 AM ET
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Typical Yankees organization. A guy pours out his heart and soul for you for years, helping you in no small part to multiple titles, and you repay him by insulting him. Way to go Yankees. I hope that new stadium disappears into a sink hole.

you act like Jeter hasn't been paid all these years--he's been paid more by the Yankees than any other franchise would have paid him

November 4, 2010  09:10 AM ET

Much ado about nothing..he will stay

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November 4, 2010  09:18 AM ET
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I dont know why, but I think this will get ugly

I know I am tired of it already.

November 4, 2010  09:18 AM ET
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I dont know why, but I think this will get ugly

Suzyn Waldman ugly?

November 4, 2010  09:20 AM ET

Just sing Lee

November 4, 2010  09:20 AM ET

wow, can I report that comment?

November 4, 2010  09:20 AM ET
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Suzyn Waldman ugly?

not many things are that ugly

November 4, 2010  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

not many things are that ugly

Ok, just needed clarification

November 4, 2010  09:43 AM ET

He is worth $15 - $20K a year no doubt; but no longer than two year contract will / should be offered. He is coming off of a $200 million contract! Can't pay for history; need to make a decision on the future!

November 4, 2010  09:46 AM ET
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I dont know why, but I think this will get ugly

<buys some popcorn, kicks feet up, prays to God that Hank sends a public response out>

November 4, 2010  09:50 AM ET

Jeter has always been a defensive liability since he came up to the majors. If the ball is hit right at him he does OK, but his advanced defensive stats clearly show he's a below average SS with very limited range. Somehow he has managed to win gold gloves (obviously a flawed process by biased players).

Now that his offensive skills are eroding, why on earth would you pay a 37 year old 22+ million per year?? Does anyone here really believe that any other MLB team would actually pay that amount for Jeter's services? If I was the Yankee GM, I would let him go.

 
November 4, 2010  09:59 AM ET
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Jeter has always been a defensive liability since he came up to the majors. If the ball is hit right at him he does OK, but his advanced defensive stats clearly show he's a below average SS with very limited range. Somehow he has managed to win gold gloves (obviously a flawed process by biased players).Now that his offensive skills are eroding, why on earth would you pay a 37 year old 22+ million per year?? Does anyone here really believe that any other MLB team would actually pay that amount for Jeter's services? If I was the Yankee GM, I would let him go.

Look, I'm no big Jeter or Yankee fan, but to call him a defensive liability since he came up to the majors is just stupid. He may not have earned all those Gold Gloves (if any), but for most of his career he was a very solid SS. He sure seemed to make all the plays when he played Boston.

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