New York Notes: Jeter, Rivera, Mets Manager

Here are the latest rumblings out of New York, with an emphasis on Derek Jeter's contract discussions and the Mets' managerial opening….

  • Jeter's agent, Casey Close is baffled by the Yankees' negotiating tactics, writes Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News. "There's a reason the Yankees themselves have stated Derek Jeter is their modern-day Babe Ruth," Close said. "Derek's significance to the team is much more than just stats."
  • Jeter "has every right to battle the Yankees," says Newsday's Ken Davidoff.
  • Ian O'Connor of ESPNNewYork discusses the future of the Yankee captain with Jeter's trainer, Jason Riley, who thinks the 36-year-old could have another seven good years left in him. I can't say I share Riley's optimism, though a bounceback 2011 season from Jeter wouldn't surprise me.
  • Jon Heyman of SI.com reported on Friday that Mariano Rivera has told friends he'd like a two-year deal with the Yanks. MLB.com's Bryan Hoch doesn't expect that to be a problem for the team.
  • Former Mets skipper Davey Johnson tells Mike Puma of the New York Post that, as much as he likes Wally Backman, Terry Collins should be the club's next manager.
  • According to major league executives that spoke to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets are placing a high value on past major league managerial experience, making either Collins and Bob Melvin the likely choice.


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96 Comments on "New York Notes: Jeter, Rivera, Mets Manager"


BryanL26
4 years 9 months ago

Derek Jeter doesn’t have any leverage whatsoever. And why is Casey Close baffled? 3 years at 45 million is 30 million more than Derek would get elsewhere. If Close/Jeter don’t like it, maybe Jeter should have put up better numbers last year.

RedSox31
4 years 9 months ago

I’m pretty sure Jeter doesn’t have 7 good years of playing baseball left in him.

4 years 9 months ago

pretty sure he just had a SPECTACULAR year with the glove (hence golden glove) /endsarcasm

R_y_a_n
4 years 9 months ago

7 years? Dayum i’m a Yankee fan but dude who said that’s a crackhead.

Infield Fly
4 years 9 months ago

I hear that!

Jason Riley must be having himself a Scot Boras attack!!

4 years 9 months ago

“There’s a reason the Yankees themselves have stated Derek Jeter is their modern-day Babe Ruth,” Close said. “Derek’s significance to the team is much more than just stats.”

So give Jeter a contract equivalent to Babe Ruth’s in “modern day dollars”, $871,729

4 years 9 months ago

Derek Jeter should remember that Babe Ruth finished his career with the Braves, not the Yankees.

Fangaffes
4 years 9 months ago

The BOSTON Braves, that is.

Yankeeboy11
4 years 9 months ago

Lmao 7 good years left? LOOOOOOOOOOOL

Infield Fly
4 years 9 months ago

Well, on behalf of Amazin’ fans everywhere I’m ‘looking forward to’ Terry Collins as a manager who can inject more ‘fighting spirit’ into that clubhouse than even K-Rod.Literally.

4 years 9 months ago

Backman > Hale > Collins > Melvin

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 9 months ago

Jason Riley also expects Derek Jeter to live to the ripe old age of 185.

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 9 months ago

Jason Riley also expects Derek Jeter to live to the ripe old age of 185.

jb226
4 years 9 months ago

Close is absolutely correct that Jeter’s significance to the team is more than just stats, but to automatically assume that means he should be paid for it doesn’t follow.

There will be some economic consequences for the Yankees if Jeter were to leave, no doubt about it. But there would be consequences for Jeter as well. His value is as a Yankee, his value is as the face of the Yankees who has played his entire career for that one franchise. This is particularly true as he ages and his stats fall off from the elite level he maintained for so long.

Is he as attractive as a spokesman or endorsement if he’s Derek Jeter of the St. Louis Cardinals next year? Particularly if his leaving ends up with New Yorkers–members of the nation’s largest TV and advertising market–angry at him? I don’t think so.

His value to the franchise is more than stats, but the Yankees’ value to him shouldn’t be understated either. I don’t see it as something he should be paid for. Especially not beyond the Yankees’ typical overpaying.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

The thing is that he is being paid for it. The Yankees’ offer is a huge overpay relative to market value. But he wants to be overpaid even more than that for all his intangibles.

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

Jeter’s not going anywhere, so I don’t know how he has any leverage…What Jeter wants: 10 years/$6 billion The Max the Yankees Will Offer Probably: 4 years/$66 millionWhat The Yankees’ Current Offer is: 3 years/$45 millionThe Max he’ll get if he signs somewhere else: 2 year/$21 million contract

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

Jeter’s not going anywhere, so I don’t know how he has any leverage…What Jeter wants: 10 years/$6 billion The Max the Yankees Will Offer Probably: 4 years/$66 millionWhat The Yankees’ Current Offer is: 3 years/$45 millionThe Max he’ll get if he signs somewhere else: 2 year/$21 million contract

BoomDizzle
4 years 9 months ago

How can Jeter’s agent be baffled by the Yankees? Their management has no class. The Yankees are negotiating in the press because they think they can strong arm Jeter that way. Jeter better be careful less he get the Dave Winfield treatment. Winfield actually dared to challenge Steinbrenner and it caused Steinbrenner to have to hire some bum to try and dig up dirt on the player. You are supposed to do what the Yankees want when they want it.

You don’t want to cross the Yankees Derek. It might get ugly for you.

Shikikazu
4 years 9 months ago

Pretty sure Winfield had his way with Steinbrenner still produced and didn’t get traded till 1990 and spent 1989 on DL for back injures and then got Steinbrenner suspended for 2 years for fake information and connections to Howard Spira.

Derek do some damage.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t agree. I don’t see the Yanks negotiating in the press at all. All they’ve said is that they want to sign Jeter to a deal that works for both sides and they weren’t going to let emotions play a part. They also said that things “could get messy”. Presumably he was refering to how things can get during arbitration proceedings. Team Jeter is the one that is making emotional pleadings thru the press.

As for Winfield/The Boss, that was more of a case of buyers remorse, to an extent, and dirty, illegal dealings. Apples and oranges. The Yanks want Jeter back.

BoomDizzle
4 years 9 months ago

How can Jeter’s agent be baffled by the Yankees? Their management has no class. The Yankees are negotiating in the press because they think they can strong arm Jeter that way. Jeter better be careful less he get the Dave Winfield treatment. Winfield actually dared to challenge Steinbrenner and it caused Steinbrenner to have to hire some bum to try and dig up dirt on the player. You are supposed to do what the Yankees want when they want it.

You don’t want to cross the Yankees Derek. It might get ugly for you.

4 years 9 months ago

I’m “baffled” that Jeter thinks he’s worth more than 3 years, 45M. Like he needs more money after his last big contract, his advertisement deals, and Minka Kelly back at home. The Yankees are the team being reasonable here, Jeter needs to act like a captain and realize that.

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good…”

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good…”

4 years 9 months ago

I find it amazing that anyone would pay a simply above average player $15 million a year (or more) just because he is a “team captain” of sorts. I think this should be a two way street.

Certainly, it would make some fans mad if he walks, but when is too much, well, too much? The Yankees could sign some extremely fine players with that extra 15 or 20 million off the books.

In the short term, a few fans may be mad, but in the long term, the Yanks could potentially be even way better.

rossdfarian
4 years 9 months ago

I am not sure if this would be allowed but, I’d structure a money-where-your-mouth is deal for Jeter as follows:
3 years at 15 million
if he completes any one year at or above .300 ba / 10 hr / 60 rbi / .370 obp / errors < 14, the next year he gets paid 22 million
… if he accomplishes this in the third year of the deal, he gets a fourth year with the same stipulation, etc.

jb226
4 years 9 months ago

Pretty sure you can’t structure any incentives based on performance.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

Correct. Only award like MVP votes, All-Star appearances. Gold Glove awards. At bats/Plate appearances/Games played.

rossdfarian
4 years 9 months ago

I am not sure if this would be allowed but, I’d structure a money-where-your-mouth is deal for Jeter as follows:
3 years at 15 million
if he completes any one year at or above .300 ba / 10 hr / 60 rbi / .370 obp / errors < 14, the next year he gets paid 22 million
… if he accomplishes this in the third year of the deal, he gets a fourth year with the same stipulation, etc.

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 9 months ago

I’m “baffled” at all this “baffling”. Someone L’eggoed my Eggo! The madness of no baseball is really getting to me.

famous_amazing_guy
4 years 9 months ago

Jeter has got be careful. mlb and the owners have proven throughout history that no matter how great the player once he outlives his usefulness they will throw him under a bus if he’s not a company man.

famous_amazing_guy
4 years 9 months ago

Jeter has got be careful. mlb and the owners have proven throughout history that no matter how great the player once he outlives his usefulness they will throw him under a bus if he’s not a company man.