Tuesday, November 30, 2010

We've Got Uribe; What The Hell, Why Not Jeter At Shortstop?

At least, that's what ESPN columnist / comedian Wallace Matthews irrationally speculates:

NEW YORK -- Negotiations between the Yankees and Derek Jeter are at a standstill until Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, "drink the reality potion," according to a source close to the negotiations.

According to the source, a baseball industry executive who has knowledge of both sides' position, the Yankees are not budging from the three-year, $45 million offer they made to Jeter earlier this month, nor has Jeter moved off his demand for a longer contract believed to be in the area of $23-$25 million per season. [...]

Other industry sources have mentioned the Los Angeles Dodgers as a possible Plan B for Jeter and Close, considering Jeter's warm relationship with Don Mattingly, who will succeed Joe Torre as manager for 2011, and his increasingly chilly relationship with the Yankees front office.

However, the Dodgers financial situation has changed due to the ongoing divorce battle between owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife Jamie. In March 2009, the Dodgers gave Manny Ramirez a two-year, $45 million contract, but placed him on waivers last August, where he was claimed by the Chicago White Sox.

The uncertain financial future of the Dodgers pending the divorce settlement makes a possible Jeter-to-L.A. scenario a long shot at best.

Said the source: "There just doesn't seem to be much out there for him besides the Yankees."

Don't fret, Derek! Juan Uribe didn't think he had a lot of options either, and look at that fat guy now!


Greg Zakwin said...

Jeter suffers though from never having been a Giant.

Steve Sax said...

You're right; Colletti may not even know Jeter exists. Only Giants retreads wanted here!

Steve Sax said...

And if Jeter becomes a Dodger, I will not say a bad word toward Uribe all year.

Josh S. said...

Then, Furcal can catch!

And Ely can play left!

And I can own the teeeeeeaaaam!

Fred's Brim said...

I'd rather pay Jeter $21mil for one season than Uribe $21mil for 3. I am having a hard enough time contemplating Uribe stomping around our infield next season, but I can't fathom seeing him there in 2012 and 2013

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

They do realize that we're set at shortstop for next year? And possibly for many years past that? Right?

spank said...

I am seriously contemplating becoming a fan of the Diamondbacks or any other minor league team.