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Monday, November 29, 2010

Yanks can replace Jeter for MUCH less with MUCH better shortstops:


- Troy Tulowitzki

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 215 lb.
Born: October 10, 1984

2011 Contract Status: Signed thru 2013, 6 yrs/$31M (08-13) & 14 team option (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2010): 3.033, Free Agent: 2014 [*], Agents: Paul Cohen [*]

2007 22 Colorado Rockies $381,000
2008 23 Colorado Rockies $750,000
2009 24 Colorado Rockies $1,000,000
2010 25 Colorado Rockies $3,500,000
2011 26 Colorado Rockies $5,500,000
2012 27 Colorado Rockies $8,250,000
2013 28 Colorado Rockies $10,000,000
2014 29 Colorado Rockies *$15,000,000 $15M Team Option, $2M Buyout



Hanley Ramirez

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 230 lb.
Born: December 23, 1983

2011 Contract Status: Signed thru 2014, 6 yrs/$70M (09-14) (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2010): 4.014, Free Agent: 2015 [*], Agents: Adam Katz [*]

2006 22 Florida Marlins $327,000
2007 23 Florida Marlins $402,000
2008 24 Florida Marlins $439,000
2009 25 Florida Marlins $5,500,000
2010 26 Florida Marlins $7,000,000
2011 27 Florida Marlins $11,000,000
2012 28 Florida Marlins $15,000,000
2013 29 Florida Marlins $15,500,000
2014 30 Florida Marlins $16,000,000



Derek Jeter

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 195 lb.
Born: June 26, 1974

2011 Contract Status: Free Agent, 10 yrs/$189M (01-10) (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2010): 14.043, Free Agent: 2011 [*], Agents: Casey Close [*]

1996 22 New York Yankees $130,000 1997 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $10,000 earned bonus
1997 23 New York Yankees $550,000 1997 postseason AP survey Includes $10,000 earned bonus
1998 24 New York Yankees $750,000 4/3/98 USA Today
1999 25 New York Yankees $5,000,000 4/6/99 USA Today
2000 26 New York Yankees $10,000,000 4/5/00 AP
2001 27 New York Yankees $12,600,000 4/6/01 USA Today
2002 28 New York Yankees $14,600,000 4/3/02 AP
2003 29 New York Yankees $15,600,000 4/3/03 AP
2004 30 New York Yankees $18,600,000 4/7/04 AP
2005 31 New York Yankees $19,600,000
2006 32 New York Yankees $20,600,000
2007 33 New York Yankees $21,600,000
2008 34 New York Yankees $21,600,000
2009 35 New York Yankees $21,600,000
2010 36 New York Yankees $22,600,000

2010 OPS+, WAR,:

Tulowitzki 138 5.6
Ramirez 124 3.5
Jeter 90 1.3

2011 salary:

Tulowitzki $5,500,000
Ramirez $11,000,000
- $15,000,000 offered by Yankees for 2011, 2012, 2013
- $25,000,000 asked by Jeter for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Any Yankee fan who asks why the Yankees are being so petty and/or asks why don't the Yankees just pay Jeter $20,000,000 per season is an idiot. Overpaying Jeter and Rivera ($250,000 per inning in 2010; WAR 3.0) reduces Yankee resources to acquire players who can provide much more to help the Yankees continue winning.

Yankee GM Cashman should let Jeter sit by his phone waiting for offers ... well into January. None will come close to what the Yankees have foolishly already offered. Cashman should sign Cliff Lee using money he saves by not overpaying Jeter and Rivera and let other teams pay them.

Both Jeter and Rivera should receive the same offer form the Yankees: one year, $10,000,000.

If they don't like it: see Johnny Damon for advice.

Tulowitzki's salary in 2014 will be almost three times that in 2011. Colorado may want to dump Tulowitzki before that and before Tulowitzki becomes a free agent in 2014.

Ramirez's salary in 2014 will be more than 50% higher than that in 2011. Florida may want to dump Ramirez before that and before Ramirez becomes a free agent in 2015.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Jeter is getting worse.

NY Times reports Jeter wants $25,000,000 for each of SIX seasons.

The problem is that the Yankees offered too much to begin with, both in time and money. Jeter's position is silly.

What's the best offer he can get from another team, a specific team? Max time two years. Max money $10,000,000 and I doubt that.

Cashman should forget Jeter and concentrate on Cliff Lee. Let Jeter see how many other teams are rushing to sign him. I never thought I'd side with a team like this but Jeter has me pissed off. I'm really shocked at his behavior.

As far as negotiating positions, all Jeter needs to do is tell his agent to bring him a contract. That's what Paul O'Neill did. Paul wanted to remain a Yankee and didn't worry about the money.

And all this junk about rewarding Jeter for past contributions: I thought that's what he got with $189,000,000 over ten years.

In this economy very few fans will look at $15,000,000 for each of three seasons as a bad offer for a guy who is old and fading.

We want Troy!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Derek Jeter is greedy and selfish.

NY Daily News writer Bill Madden reports that Derek Jeter, born June 26, 1974, is asking for $150 million for six years. Wow! Jeter is really nuts.

I don't see any significant number of fans attending Yankee games in 2011 because Jeter is playing for them.

If Jeter signed with Boston:

Would season ticket subscribers not renew?

Would casual fans go to fewer Yankee games?

Would I watch fewer games on TV?

No. No. No.

Other than Boston trying to tweak the Yankees, I don't see any other team offering Jeter $10M for 2011. Probably not even $8M. Jeter should talk to Damon and see how that worked out.

Plus, A-Rod will be playing for the Yanks after Jeter is gone and will be the next captain. Yanks have much more invested in A-Rod and A-Rod will be paying off long after Jeter gets hit 3,000 in June 2011 about the time Jeter turns 37. A-Rod will be approaching 700 HOMERS in 3-4 years!

Hasn't Jeter been paid the second most money in MLB history?

And as for Jeter's agent and that announcer on CNBC today who stupidly compare Jeter to Ruth: check the damn facts! Ruth's final salaries with the Yankees:

1931 $80,000
1932 $75,000
1933 $52,000
1934 $36,696

Maybe Jeter thinks he has a shot at 4,000 hits. If so, then he's putting his personal stats ahead of the team.

Jeter is ruining his image by being greedy and selfish. The Yanks offered Jeter $45,000,000 for three seasons (way too much money and time). The Yanks look like they being more than reasonable and practicing good business.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dollar limit during the game.

For those concerned about some teams actually spending a lot of money on players, ...

Maximum dollar limit of the nine players on the field. Let's say $100,000,000 in annual pay.

Suppose the Yankees have $95M out there with a marginal pitcher who makes very little. If the Yanks want to bring in Mariano Rivera, who makes $15M, the Yanks must remove at least $10M from the field.

Nick Swisher makes only $7M, so he won't do. How about removing Yankee captain Derek Jeter? Jeter makes $22M. Heck that should provide flexibility for the rest of the game.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

How about starting each inning with the top of the order?

Hey, why not? Just because they didn't think of it over 100 years ago? That could just as easily have been the rule as what we've been stuck with all this time.

Those lousy batters at the bottom of the order would have many fewer PA (plate appearances).

The best batters would need to be among the first three to ensure that they get max PA.