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Yankees daring Jeter to look elsewhere?

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08:09 AM ET 11.24 | Brian Cashman made another counterpunch in what has become a strangely public negotiation. The Yankees are so confident with their offer to Derek Jeter that they're all but publicly daring their iconic shortstop to find something better on the open market. "We're not trying to chase Derek away. We're trying to get him to sign," general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. "But at the same time, he's a free agent. If he doesn't like what we're offering him, if he can find a better opportunity with more money, that's fine. Whatever's important to him."

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November 24, 2010  08:43 AM ET
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Smart move by the Yankees. No one else will pay him anywhere close to what they are offering. His value as a legend doesn't really exist outside of NY (calm down Yankee fans, I'm not saying he is not seen as a legend outside of NY, just that no other team will be willing to overpay for his passed performance) and thus he holds very little leverage in these negotiations.

Every year though, there is some team that hands out an insane contract though. I know Detroit is the leader in the clubhouse with their contract to Benoit, but I don't think that is the worst one we are going to see.

November 24, 2010  08:47 AM ET

3 yrs at $45 million sounds like a damn good deal to me for a 37 yr old shortstop who just batted .270.

November 24, 2010  08:50 AM ET
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Every year though, there is some team that hands out an insane contract though. I know Detroit is the leader in the clubhouse with their contract to Benoit, but I don't think that is the worst one we are going to see.

That will come with the Jason Werth deal............

November 24, 2010  08:55 AM ET
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no doubt. i really don't see the big deal about werth. he's going to be 32 in june...has had only 2 good years...crawford is a much better option.

I just think his numbers were overly inflated playing in that bandbox.

November 24, 2010  08:56 AM ET

I can see the Red Sox, who have a void at short, doing something just to stick it to the Yanks.

November 24, 2010  08:58 AM ET
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its huge money...the biggest problems I see are the Arod deal and Posada's deal from a few yrs ago. Jeter can look to those and ask for more $$ or more years....but the yanks deal is more than fair.

that and the fact he knows they have the money. it's not that they can't pay him $20M, it's just they choose not to. and like you stated, they had no problem overpaying for everybody else.

November 24, 2010  09:00 AM ET
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I can see the Red Sox, who have a void at short, doing something just to stick it to the Yanks.

If the Sox didn't want to pay VMart $12.5M, the sure aren't gonna pay Jeter $15M.

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November 24, 2010  09:08 AM ET
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just once...I'd love to see a player just take the deal and shut it...i love Jeter and he's been great, but the yanks are right...they've paid him $205MM over his career....sure, he's played hard and has been consistent and clutch, but if you add this $45MM, Jeter would make at least $250MM in salary over his career....that's just crazy money!

For once, I would just love to see a player just walk away and retire if he's unhappy with the money he was offered. His skills are diminishing, he has more money than he will ever need and has won 5 rings. His place in history is already been determined. He has nothing left to prove.

November 24, 2010  09:08 AM ET

The last part of the quote is the most interesting, Cashman is simply putting it out there that Derek is simply in it for the money(which i don't blame jeter one bit for) to try and smear his squeeky clean image a little

November 24, 2010  09:10 AM ET
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its huge money...the biggest problems I see are the Arod deal and Posada's deal from a few yrs ago. Jeter can look to those and ask for more $$ or more years....but the yanks deal is more than fair.

You make a good point about Arod but when he got that extention he was coming off an mvp 50hr, 150rbi, .314ba, etc, although that might've been HGH inhanced but at the time that yankees didn't know about it......jeter is coming off his worst statistical year since his rookie year

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November 24, 2010  09:11 AM ET
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If the Sox didn't want to pay VMart $12.5M, the sure aren't gonna pay Jeter $15M.

Exactly.

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November 24, 2010  09:12 AM ET
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nothing is worse than seeing some aging vet struggle and fade away.

Is that what your supervisor tells you now Dums?

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November 24, 2010  09:14 AM ET
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damn straight...and they aren't signing Beltre either. I can't even see them signing werth. the only possilbe targets for the sox have to be agonz and crawford.

If they really want Crawford, they should get him. I don't see the Yanks getting involved unless they lose out on Lee. Lot of money came off the books this year, and even more comes off after 2011...........

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November 24, 2010  09:20 AM ET
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I can see the Red Sox, who have a void at short, doing something just to stick it to the Yanks.

There's something wrong with your vision...

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