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08:29 AM ET 02.12 | The youngest Yankees are spread over the four fields at the team's minor league complex for pre-spring training workouts. Derek Jeter, the Yankees' oldest position player, is here, too, just like every other early February for the past 20 years. Position players officially report Feb. 25, but Jeter doesn't have time to waste. His baseball clock has started.

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February 12, 2012  08:43 AM ET

There is no denying the mans work ethic. He took what natural talent he had and took it as far as it could go.

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February 12, 2012  09:50 AM ET
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There is no denying the mans work ethic. He took what natural talent he had and took it as far as it could go.

Then hopefully his renewed diligence will award him with a few more extra base hits this year.

February 12, 2012  10:18 AM ET

....jeter is a good leader....but father time says he is no longer a good ballplayer....should look into coaching....

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February 12, 2012  10:37 AM ET

Derek should be there early. He lives right there in the off-season, he's not married and doesn't have any kids to leave.

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February 12, 2012  10:56 AM ET
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that makes no sense.....if he has no wife and kids to leave-then why would he want to get there early?:)

Yeah, I guess you could look at it that way. Maybe he just had a bad winter with the ladies. Getting older may be affecting more than his game on the field.

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February 12, 2012  11:13 AM ET
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hmmmmm......he's a short stop and the steroid era is over (supposedly)name me 5 ss who had SIGNIFICANTLY better offensive years

I believe you're missing the point considering what he is being paid vs. his actual production level. The two do not match up very well

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February 12, 2012  11:42 AM ET
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and I think you are simply just trying to be a smart arsewho cares what he is being paid....its baseball- there is no cap and he is on the richest team in the worldhe is certainly overpaid, but how does that impact anything?you are looking at his contract in a vacuumNY is not KC or Pittsburgh \so get to the real pointname me 5 SS in the game that had significantly better offensive years

Who cares what he is being paid? Sounds like you're the idiot. Of course the Yankees care that they are being fleeced by his current contract. Just because they are the Yankees doesn't mean they don't want an equal return on their investment, which they will not be getting. Easy for you to talk when you're not paying the bills, isn't it?

February 12, 2012  11:46 AM ET
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that makes no sense.....if he has no wife and kids to leave-then why would he want to get there early?:)

LOL

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February 12, 2012  11:58 AM ET
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and I think you are simply just trying to be a smart arsewho cares what he is being paid....its baseball- there is no cap and he is on the richest team in the worldhe is certainly overpaid, but how does that impact anything?you are looking at his contract in a vacuumNY is not KC or Pittsburgh \so get to the real pointname me 5 SS in the game that had significantly better offensive years

A few years ago I would have agreed with you, but the way the Yankees along with the Red Sox are pinching pennies to avoid luxury tax implications, Dereks contract does matter. With his $15M a year payday, it definitely affects the moves Cashman can make to try and improve other areas of the team.

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