|Tim Riggins would play for a case of beer.|
We all know that he is a free agent. The Yankees offered what I feel is a very deal of 3 years for 45 million. Sure, it's way too much for a guy coming off of the worst contract year of all time, but I get it. He is the face of the franchise. He sheds a positive light on the organization and you rarely ever hear anyone say that they don't respect him. 15 million is ridiculous when you really look at it, but for the Yankees, it makes sense. If the Tigers offered Jeter that much, it would be indefensible. But they aren't going to do that because you would be stupid to tie up that large of a chunk of the budget on a 37 year old shortstop with limited range and pop.
Jeter and his agent are apparently insulted by this offer. Reports suggest that he wants 5 years at 23 million per year. That better not be true. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? Why would the Yankees even think about this? Look, this isn't George's team anymore. The boys are going to start running the team as a business. No longer will the blank checks be given out to the veterans. This is no longer going to be just one big fantasy baseball team. And I applaud that. The Yankees already gave Jeter his bank ten years ago. That was after he won 4 titles in 5 years by the way. He brought one in the decade of that 200 million dollar contract.
And what exactly is his leverage here? This mythical pursuit by the Reds, Mets, and/or Red Sox? None of those teams are giving him 45 million. Just sign the fucking deal, Derek. No one likes a greedy asshole and this reeks of greed.
I want to give Derek the benefit of the doubt here because he has been a great Yankee, but this grandstanding needs to end. Suck it up and take the fucking pay cut. Very few of us are on your side, Jeter. Just sign the fucking contract and pray that the people who give out Gold Gloves continue to ignore your insane lack of range. And we all want three more years of backbreaking double plays!
I would do horrible things to Minka Kelly. Sorry, Buddy Garrity. And I will mutilate her if you sign with another team because you are butthurt over 15 million a year.