Giants Contact Jeter’s Agent

The Giants have contacted Casey Close, the agent for Derek Jeter, according to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal. However, the Giants are not seriously pursuing Jeter and there’s no evidence that a team other than the Yankees is bidding on the shortstop.

A rival executive tells Costa that he fully expects Jeter to re-sign in New York, even though his representatives are in contact with other teams. The Giants, who recently lost Juan Uribe to the rival Dodgers, are focusing on finding a shortstop. Though it's highly unlikely that the Giants sign Jeter, they do have a connection to him. When the Yankees drafted Jeter in 1992, current Giants GM Brian Sabean was their vice president of player development.

Jeter and the Yankees are far apart, though the team has made multiple proposals. GM Brian Cashman encouraged Close to talk to other clubs and it appears that the agent has acted accordingly.

102 Responses to Giants Contact Jeter’s Agent Leave a Reply

  1. DK57 5 years ago

    This won’t even faze the Yankees.

  2. Bout time, I was starting to miss the “The Giants are all old men” jokes.

  3. no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

  4. if there could be anyway for me to hate derek jeter (yeah, that’s right – hate) than his current state it would be to see him dressed up as a pumpkin for the next few years.

    the only redeeming factor would be the money lost by the giants, and teh fact that jeter’s numbers would diminish without the benefit of an all-star lineup surrounding him.

  5. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    Sabean: How’s it goin’ Casey
    Close: Pretty good
    Sabean: Good, Good. Nice talkin’ to ya!
    Close: You too!

    Dial tone…….

  6. BleacherBumSF 5 years ago

    we all know in the end Jeter will stay a Yankee but it would be cool seeing him with the Giants

    • YourThirdGradeReadingLevel 5 years ago

      As a Padres fan, I couldn’t agree more.

      • BleacherBumSF 5 years ago

        as a Giants fan it feels great to say right now I don’t care what move we make because guess what? The San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series

        P.S. thank you to your padres for choking

        • gmenfan 5 years ago

          Jeter coming to SF is as about as likely as the Yankees agreeing to Jeter’s 5/$150M offer. Neither will come to fruition.

          Oh, and yes, thank you Padres for throwing up all over yourselves in September. Much obliged !

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Not so sure he’ll remain a Yankee. Sorry

  7. TwinsVet 5 years ago

    I really, really hope Sabean tells Close “We’d gladly give you 5 years and $150M”. Just to make life harder for Cashman.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Apparently they got a donation to sign Jeter from Jeter and Close.

    • DK57 5 years ago

      absolutely, then the BoSox could begin haggling with Close as well.

      • Guest 5 years ago

        yeah, because they don’t have enough of their own problems right now. Hit up the Boston Globe or Herald. Fans and some writers are practically rioting over there already, for the third time in two years. Engaging a Jeter negotiation, wouldn’t help at all.

  8. jondogg2010 5 years ago

    Then why make a posting for it if it’s not serious??? Hmmmmmmm

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Because this is MLBTR. The “R” stands for “rumors.” This is a rumor.

      • Not to mention the fact that Close is Posey’s agent, so I’m sure the Giants talk to him every now and then for that reason alone. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  9. nzmrmn 5 years ago

    He’s too expensive but he’d fill the hole at SS perfectly.

  10. dirtyjohnston 5 years ago

    As a Dodger fan, nothing would make me happier than the Giants signing Jeter. For him to end up anywhere other than New York, it will probably be $20 mil/year. Might not be a larger waste of money out there right now than Derek Jeter. He is fast approaching “average”.

    • nzmrmn 5 years ago

      As far as wastes of money go how about signing Juan Uribe for 3 years/$21 million?

      • dirtyjohnston 5 years ago

        I’ll take Uribe at 3/$21 over Jeter at 4/$80 anyday

        • gmenfan 5 years ago

          Yes, both are ridiculous ill-conceived contracts. The only difference being that one is the contrived speculation of rumormongers on the internet while the other was actually signed this morning. Have fun paying Uribe to play for another club by the end of 2012 !

    • there is no way the Giants sign Jeter but IF they ever did, it wouldn’t be $20 mil a year. The Giants would not do that, so really I don’t even know why they contacted his agent, it’s just not going to happen, no one will pay that much money.

      • nzmrmn 5 years ago

        This is the same team that signed Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand to 15 year/elebenty billion dollar contracts, dude.

        • In the Giants’ defense, both of those guys were coming off outstanding seasons. Uribe didn’t do anything well this year other than hit a couple more home runs than he usually does. Giants fans should get down on their knees and thank God that Uribe wasn’t a free agent last year, or they would’ve probably given him 5/90 or something similarly insane.

          EDIT: Okay fine, Uribe almost doubled his walk rate too. My bad.

          • Uribe *was* a free agent last year. And the year before that. They went year-to-year with him and apparently wanted to do the same this offseason.

        • gmenfan 5 years ago

          Ummm, exactly how many zeros does elebenty billion have ?

      • “…I don’t even know why they contacted his agent…”

        Close is Posey’s agent.

    • Defensively, he’s only been better than average in two seasons, and quite below average the rest of his career. The consensus around baseball is that Jeter in the field is one of the five worst shortstops in the majors. Considering that SS is the second-most important defensive position, and that Jeter at the plate is nothing more than a slap-hitting singles machine (if those balls continue make it through the infield) he’d almost have to play for free to not be a liability. The only reason the Yankees are even offering him 3/45 is that he brings “intangibles” and is (was) a marketing wet dream.

  11. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    woah….double rainbow

  12. InvalidUserID 5 years ago

    If they didn’t pony up to keep Uribe, I don’t think they’ll pay way more for Jeter who, sad to say, is only marginally better at this stage of his career.

  13. arkeen 5 years ago

    This is a complete non-story. If the Giants have the cash to trump the Yankees offer (3 yrs/45M) they would be going for Carl Crawford or someone who actually still a superstar.

    This is probably just a leak by Close to try and get the Yankees worried, which has little to zero chance of working.

    • andrewyf 5 years ago

      Close is just assuming Brian Cashman is as dumb as Ruben Amaro was when he got Ryan Howard one of the most undeserved free agency deals in baseball history.

      He isn’t.

    • Lincecum_Says_GSP 5 years ago

      Couldn’t agree more… if that type of money is availible they would be in the running for Crawford or even Beltre (moving Sandoval to 1B).

      The only thing i could see making this rumor credible (which its not)… is a 1 yr/18-20 Million type deal. Even if that were the case its so far fetched for so many reasons thats its not going to happen.

  14. jcsnotes 5 years ago

    Agreed with arkeen, if the Giants have 15+ M to throw at one player, they’d certainly try to make a play for Carl Crawford before Jeter and fill in with replacement level talent at SS (E. Burriss, we’re talking about you.)

  15. Motor_City_Bombshell 5 years ago

    Oh my God, I see shades of Barry Zito’s and Aaron Rowand’s contracts all over again. Lock him up for 4/$100MM Sabean! 😉

  16. mrmoss 5 years ago

    12mil over 2 years should do it….sign him Sabean

  17. NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

    I made a bet with someone earlier about when we were gonna hear these types of rumors but it’s erased because when the uribe thing turned from “close to signing” into “finalized” it resets the comments.

    • The_Bildebergers 5 years ago

      yeah, wiped out a bunch of comments….MLBTR needs to fix that…had a good thread going and then dsappeared…

  18. mwach1 5 years ago

    “If the Giants have the cash to trump the Yankees offer (3 yrs/45M) they would be going for Carl Crawford or someone who actually still a superstar.”

    Bingo. You can insert any team in place of the Giants and your statement still holds true. This is why Jeter needs to stop being a b*tch and accept the Yanks extremely generous offer so the Yanks can move on to other (more important) matters, like Lee.

    Jeter calls himself team first, blah blah blah. He’s a crappy ‘captain’.

  19. SmackSaw 5 years ago

    This is perfect. He’s 37 and declining. He could sign with the Giants. Head over to Balco, get some “Clear” and “Cream” he could play for the next 5 years and break Pete Rose’s record for hits. It’s the Giant way.

    • gornie 5 years ago

      i don’t know why i’m taking your bait but here goes:
      clemens, a-rod, giambi, pettitte…the question isn’t where to begin but where to stop? yankees (or insert any team name here) fans act all high and mighty but you’re just as tainted as bonds — even more so, in fact, because you have world championships won by a bunch of exposed cheaters.
      to even make such an assumption that jeter has been clean throughout his career is simply naive. the whole sport is tainted. jeter put up the same gaudy numbers during a time when nomar was juicing was juicing and a-rod was juicing…my goodness, how blind are yankees fans gonna be about this? nobody’s safe from the speculation. such a shame if jeter did it cleanly, but if we don’t know for sure then we have to make the same assumptions here that we make with anyone else.

  20. RepOak 5 years ago

    It’s funny how giants even think they have a shot at getting Jeter. Why in the hell would he want to go to S.F! Maybe because they know the giants are the only team that will overpay for older or overrated players “cough” zito, rowand

    • HowdIGetHere 5 years ago

      “It’s funny how giants even think they have a shot at getting Jeter. Why in the hell would he want to go to S.F!”

      Perhaps you’ve forgotten how the season ended. I’ll give you a reminder: the Giants won the World Series.

      • RepOak 5 years ago

        And? The Yankees have won many world series titles with Jeter and made plenty of playoff appearances. They are pretty much in it every year. The giants are not. They had one good year. I’m not a Yankee fan but if you were Jeter who would you honestly play and finish Your career with? A team who Will probably be in it every year and where u can still get some at bats as a DH because your getting close to 3000 and getting to point in your career where you won’t be starting every game. Or the giants who won a world series, woohoo! (sarcastic)

        • HowdIGetHere 5 years ago

          All I’m trying to say is chill out with the ragging on the Giants. The submission even says that the Giants interest isn’t serious. What’s more, Casey Close is also Posey’s agent. It’s not the first time Sabean has spoken to him, and it won’t be the last. Doesn’t mean anything. The only way I could actually see Jeter wearing orange and black is if he all of the sudden really doesn’t like the Yankees, because there’s no way Sabean gives him anything near the money he wants.

          • RepOak 5 years ago

            Oh ok. A simple chill out wouldve been fine As well haha. I’m a A’s fan so I have to rag on the gi-cants

  21. eponine 5 years ago

    if the giants pay more than the yankees even marginally more or even the same, i wouldn’t be surprised if jeter took it. at this point, he might have a grudge against the yankees, plus this has been embarrassing for him.

    • The_Bildebergers 5 years ago

      plus “Mr. Captain” seems to be all about the money and jealous of A-Rod as well…

  22. This will flat out never happen, but rather something for people to talk about. Does anybody actually believe that Jeter, who can go down as one of the greatest Yankees of all time, will actually leave the most storied franchise in baseball?

    • melonis_rex 5 years ago

      It won’t hurt his reputation, and Cashman knows his limits. As long as the Yankees are back in the playoffs next year, nobody cares whether Jeter is wearing pinstripes or not.

    • bomberj11 5 years ago

      If the most storied franchise in baseball doesn’t give pretty boy here what he wants…

  23. What I hate most about this rumor is that the Bay Area media is going to run with this story when there’s no story here.

    • Lincecum_Says_GSP 5 years ago

      Doubtful… i dont think anyone is going to run with this story

    • RepOak 5 years ago

      You mean the giants will run with this story! Just like they been running with the world series. They are just looking for a story to duel on. :alert: Giant fans the world series is over. We have now moved on to 2011 season. Let us remind you. This is a RUMOR. Hence mlbt”R”. Reality check Jeter will never go to S.F

      • The_Bildebergers 5 years ago

        dude, from i’ve read on various SFG fan blogs and baseball sites, 90% of Giant fans DON’T WANT JETER at 3/$45 and prob not at 3/$30 either…he’s OVERRATED…

  24. melonis_rex 5 years ago


    Derek Jeter won’t wear one red rally thong, he’ll wear TWO. That’s how much heart he has.

    So… much… grit and heart and hustle and good stuff. Intangibles.

  25. grebito 5 years ago

    Jeter: Too old, too much money
    Uribe was just right – – how do you replace his leadership and homeruns?
    Now he’s gone and we have to SCRAMBLE to replace him. We will end up paying just as much for a known quantity – – stupid, stupid move Giants. Just when you had it all going you do this.

    • RepOak 5 years ago

      Hey grebito, If there was a “like” button I would send you one haha. I feel the same way

      • gornie 5 years ago

        uh, there is a like button. it’s the little thumbs up icon next to the post. i’d insult you more but you make yourself look bad enough without my is $7m per year for 3 years for an aging overweight shortstop with zero plate discipline the recipe for success? at $3.5m for one year, uribe was a great move last year. at twice the annual salary, locked in for 3 years, there’s just no defending that when the team is looking at arbitration hearings for guys like jonathan sanchez and andres torres who had career years and are up for undisclosed raises. huff was brought back as the link to the 2010 clubhouse leadership. uribe is a necessary casualty and a good business decision.

  26. bomberj11 5 years ago

    I think Jeter needs to step back and realize how much money that actually is. Who the hell needs that sorta money anyway?

  27. the most I would offer Jeter would be 2yrs at 25mill

  28. Steelslayer 5 years ago

    What a greedy loser…didn’t he say that “winning was the most important” thing? or something like that. I am no Yankee fan, but he should take the money and quit being such a ego driven-money-grubber.

    He needs to get over himself. He is old and heading downhill fast….I hope he takes it and acts like an anchor along with the rest of the old overpaid yankees

  29. Jonathan Stone 5 years ago

    I’d like to see the Yankees trade for Reyes; then tell Jeter to go pedal his 1.5 UZR and his tired old @ss on the market. 2/$25 tops from any other team.

    • gornie 5 years ago

      1.5 uzr? get that sabrmetric crap outta here, he’s a reigning gold glove winner which is obvious proof that he’s the best defensive shortstop in existence.

  30. John W. Shreve 5 years ago

    It’s understandable that after losing Uribe, the Giants would shop the shortstop market….oh, that’s right. Jeter can’t play short anymore, not that anyone except he, his mom and Joe Torre ever thought he could.

    • gornie 5 years ago

      and the voters for american league gold glove every year. the same guys who voted vizquel the top defensive ss for a dozen years or so. i’m so disturbed just typing this.

  31. baycommuter 5 years ago

    Damon and Torre left after getting low-balled. Giants are doing Close a favor by showing some interest … only way he ends up there is if Team Jeter is as suicidal as Boras and Damon were.

  32. northsfbay 5 years ago

    If the Giants won’t match Uribe’s offer, they certainly won’t top the Yankees offer for Jeter. Jeter can live in a dream world until March, then take the Yankees offer.

    • TopDeckBum 5 years ago

      It’s not that they wouldn’t match his offer. Haven’t you heard? Uribe is barely High School JV level talent according to the fans who he helped bring a WS title to.

      • gornie 5 years ago

        by this reasoning we should sign cody ross to a 7yr $140m extension. and edgar renteria. i really can’t believe how many people fail to understand that there’s a limited amount of dollars to spend on player salaries, and you can’t just throw money around like the yankees when you’re not making the kind of revenue the yankees do.

  33. northsfbay 5 years ago

    If the Giants won’t match Uribe’s offer, they certainly won’t top the Yankees offer for Jeter. Jeter can live in a dream world until March, then take the Yankees offer.

  34. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    This is going to sound crazy, but I really think there is a growing possitiliby of Jeter not being on a team next year. If neither side budges, he wont re-sign, and no other team is going to offer him the money. I really think there is a chance he might not play next year.

  35. nzmrmn 5 years ago

    I could see Rich Uncle Neukom greenlighting Sabean to offer Jeter 4 years/$20 million or something. Jeter probably wouldn’t bite though.

  36. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 5 years ago

    it might even be a TRIPLE RAINBOW

  37. nzmrmn 5 years ago

    LOL, Jeter as a non-roster invitee at the Pirates camp next year.

  38. Then Jeter and his agent are a couple of idiots.

  39. He’s less than one season away from reaching 3000 hits. He won’t go the Jermaine Dye route.

  40. EarlyMorningBoxscore 5 years ago

    I see what you’re saying but I disagree. I think if Jeter ends up not playing this season it will hurt his reputation more than him playing for another team. If he does not sign with anybody and sits out the season he is seen as little cry baby who thinks he is bigger than the game itself. At least if he plays with another team he can say that well it was time for me to move on to play somewhere else and extend my career.

  41. seligeramus 5 years ago


    Never change, Spandy.

  42. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    Right again!! It does sound crazy.

  43. He won’t be going anywhere. I think the Yanks had a similar issue with Rivera a couple years ago and it got resolved. Jeter will realize that the Yankees are offering about 30% more than any other team will offer and thus resign for a couple mil more than the current offer so as to “save face”.

  44. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    From what we’ve seen over the past months, we have to realize, whether we like it or not, Jeter wants the money. I’m not going to say that he doesn’t care about the hits, but he has a right to his ego and value.

  45. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Well what have the past two weeks shown us?

  46. it would be funny as hell

  47. MB923 5 years ago

    A 245 lb. man playing SS?

  48. EarlyMorningBoxscore 5 years ago

    I think it has shown us that he is an egotistical money grubbing ball player. I do not think that it shows us he is willing to sit out a season at 36. He maybe egotistical and selfish, but he is not stupid. If he plays he is going to get paid and paid a great sum of money, and he gets his 3,000 hits. I think in the end both sides bend and they meet somewhere in the middle of Jeter’s demands and the Yankees’ initial offer of 3/45.

  49. Motor_City_Bombshell 5 years ago

    Sarcasm, maybe?? lol

  50. Didn’t you hear? The Giants are forcing Kentucky Fried Panda into a conditioning program in the off-season. He’s sure to come back “in the best shape of his career.”

  51. MB923 5 years ago

    I know, was just responding as if it wasn’t. That would be pretty funny to see him play that though

  52. Guest 5 years ago

    Amen to that…

  53. photo6six 5 years ago

    3/45 was not their first offer. Their first offer was lower.

  54. With a two year career to look back on, it wouldn’t be hard.

  55. gornie 5 years ago

    the true hilarity of the comment was the 245. he was 245 about 40 pounds ago.

  56. MB923 5 years ago

    So he’s about 285 now then? lol

    B-R had the last weigh total so I don’t know how much he weighed during the playoffs.

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