Yankees Rumors: Jeter, Chamberlain

The latest on the Yankees, as GM Brian Cashman prepares to rappel down a building dressed as an elf on Sunday

  • Eduardo Nunez is the team's Plan B if they are unable to re-sign Derek Jeter, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.  Rather than try to sign a veteran replacement, the Yankees would install Nunez and allocate the money elsewhere.  Of course, Olney feels that the Yankees would remain flexible for potential upgrades if Nunez became their starting shortstop.
  • SI's Tom Verducci looks at how other teams have compensated aging icons in recent years, with Cal Ripken, Barry Larkin, George Brett, Craig Biggio, and Paul Molitor serving as examples.  It may be difficult to reduce Jeter's pay from his previous $18.9MM average annual value.
  • Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues estimates Joba Chamberlain's 2011 salary at a bit less than $2MM.

27 Responses to Yankees Rumors: Jeter, Chamberlain Leave a Reply

  1. RahZid 5 years ago

    $2M because of 1 good season followed by 2 average to below average seasons???

    • Since_77 5 years ago

      Joba was much better than average until the Yankees started the ‘Joba Rules’ in August 2009.

  2. corkyciv 5 years ago

    Why do I feel the Yankees are trying to trade for Jose Reyes?

    • RahZid 5 years ago

      Because you didn’t take your meds?

      Now, if the Yanks don’t re-sign Jeter I think you could start talking about a trade for Reyes, but Jeter will be back with the Yanks next season.

  3. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    I seem to remember in the offseason after the 2005 season Cashman mentioning something about being fine with Bubba Crosby in center field…

    • Slopeboy 5 years ago

      Marco Scutaro isn’t a free agent is he?

      Seriously, The Yankees like Nunez as the immediate replacement for Jeter in the next two years. I think the reason they are offering 3 years is to move Jeter to third after 2012, A-Rod to Full time DH and give Nunez the chance for the everyday job at SS.

      • BaseballFanatic0707 5 years ago


        HELL no.

        He would be just as bad at 3B than he is at SS

        Also I don’t get what all the hooplah is over Nunez. He’s nothing special.

        • Slopeboy 5 years ago

          The hoopla with Nunez is that he’s been a decent minor leaguer and the Yankees feel he’s ready to play in the majors. He’s ten years younger than Jeter and has more range and a good bat. They want to see exactly what he brings to the table.

        • Slopeboy 5 years ago

          The hoopla with Nunez is that he’s been a decent minor leaguer and the Yankees feel he’s ready to play in the majors. He’s ten years younger than Jeter and has more range and a good bat. They want to see exactly what he brings to the table.

      • woadude 5 years ago

        I really, and i mean REALLY would LOVE to see Jeter play third base, please if only for one game hell, Jeter is you are reading this, make sure to do this in batting practice one day PLEASE i would love to see his unorthodox throw from first base and not take out the pitcher…please Jeter, or Yankees, make it happen so we can watch it on sports bloopers for years and years.

        • Slopeboy 5 years ago

          Dude, get a grip. Your hatred for the guy is dulling your senses. Jeter does not have an unorthodox throw. If you’re refering to the spin and jump throw, that’s only when he goes into the ‘hole’. Otherwise Jeter makes the conventional throw across the body to first.Your passionate dislike has you so blind,you’re confusing third base with first. Let it go, man, let it go!!

  4. I like Nunez, I would like to see him getting more time to play at shortstop regardless even if the Yanks do resign Jeter. Give him more time off and give Nunez more experience to play the spot :).

  5. Roland 5 years ago

    THANK GOD!!! I feel so much better now that I know Joba’s salary!!

  6. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    I’d like the Yanks to give Joba a chance in 2011 rather than him being traded. His trade value is low despite having a great 2nd half. Might as well give him an honest chance to show and prove in 2011.

    Yanks really screwed up the developement of him and IPK by rushing them to the majors.

  7. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    You’re right. But remember they had no one in the starting rotation at that time. I think they had Darryl Rasner, Tyler Clippard and Jeff Karstens, at various times in the rotation, so they didn’t really have much of a choice.
    Like you, I’m hoping that Joba gets his stuff together this coming year. Some of his problems are of his own making, he’s still not a pitcher in the true sense, as much as he is a thrower.It appears at times that he falls in love with his slider and forgets his other pitches, relief pitcher or not, he can’t rely on just one pitch all the time. He’s still young and has ability, so I’m still in his corner. But this has to be his breakout year, otherwise , he’s gone.

  8. HipNip2009 5 years ago

    First, Joba. The Yankees ruined him, physically and mentally. He was as good an eighth inning set up man as any, his fastball was in the high 90s that exploded at the plate, he was battle tested (remember the gnats in Cleveland?), then someone gets the bright idea to make him into what he’s not, a starter. Now, he’s lost confidence as well as mph off his fastball. Stupid move, Cashman.

    As for Jeter, why all the hatred toward him? Why shouldn’t he ask for what he feels is fair? Everyone else does it. He’s the face of the Yankees and they’re showing no class by trashing him in the papers (“get a reality check”)(go shop around). It would serve the Yankees right if he DID leave. That would put them up a creek at SS. Nunez is not the answer. Geez, one off year and the fans turn on him……

    • Kolukonu 5 years ago

      I just don’t see how 23-24 million a year for a 36 year old shortstop who is on the decline is fair value. The Yankees already offered well over market value for Jeter with the 3/45 deal they proposed. If Jeter really is as classy as he claims to be, and about the team as much as he claims to be, he would just accept the damn 3/45 and move on with life. Him holding out for that extra money makes him no better than A-Rod, and actually puts him on the same level, which I know he wouldn’t want.

      • HipNip2009 5 years ago

        Barry Zito makes $18.5 million. You’re telling me he’s worth more than Jeter?

        • Kolukonu 5 years ago

          The Zito contract was one of the worst contracts in the history of this game. So obviously, no, he’s not worth more than Jeter.

          By that logic, let’s bump up the salary of Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte, Mo, pretty much every damn player on the Yankees roster above $18.5 million.

          Not only that, I don’t understand what the hell Zito and Jeter have in common.

    • Marcos 5 years ago

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but Joba was ALWAYS a starter in college and in the minors. When they brought him up in ’07 they “turned him into something that he’s not”. He went from throwing every 4 days, to every other day. I think that certainly contributed to his decline.

    • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

      Joba was drafted as a starter and started most of his 1 year in the minors. How is he “not a starter”?

      212 IP, 4.18 ERA, 206 K0 and 8.4 K/9

      And as far as FB velocity, it’s back up to 92.5 in 2009 to 94.6 in 2010.

      As for Jeter he can ask for what he wants but by no means is $24 mil a year fair by his 2010 standards. I’m not turning on Jeter and neither are the Yanks. What other team is going to offer him 3/$45 and what has he done to earn a raise from the $18.9 he’s avg’d over the last 10 years?

  9. woadude 5 years ago

    Poor A-Rod, if he didnt screw up his hip he would be saying “hey, I was in that three player debate on who was the best SS and i dont know if you saw the polls, but i was number 1 baby, thats why Texas signed me to that 256 million dollar deal, i was the best SS in the game” but sadly, his days of being a stud SS are way over, sad that Jeter ultimately was the culprit to him being a mediocre third baseman….

  10. Kolukonu 5 years ago

    At this rate, if Jeter does not sign with the Yankees, I would not mind seeing them invest that money in possibly going after Crawford. He could replace Jeter’s bat at the top of the lineup, and then they could go and trade either Gardner or preferably Granderson for a SP. That would give them an insurance policy if they do not land Lee, or if Burnett falters once again.

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