Cashman To Jeter: Don’t Like Our Offer? Go Test the FA Market

We’ve covered the Derek Jeter-Yankees negotiations extensively and what Brian Cashman told Michael Schmidt of the Times this morning is essentially the same thing he told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that I am about to share with you. But this quote is too good to pass up.

Via ESPN NY:

“We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account,” Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. “We’ve encouraged him to test the market and see if there’s something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That’s the way it works.”

I love it. The Yankees have offered Jeter three-years and $45 million. No other 37-year-old shortstop in baseball makes that much and aren’t going to anytime soon. So the Yankees are playing hardball here because, let’s face it, this is a generous offer considering the context.

Jeter is going nowhere. Maybe he does find a team that is willing to top $45 million. If he does he can turn around and tell the Yankees, ‘hey, look what I found’ and the Yankees will then up their offer. Until he finds that other team though, they shouldn’t bid against themselves.

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5 Responses to Cashman To Jeter: Don’t Like Our Offer? Go Test the FA Market

  1. Mike S. says:

    Very good. Maybe Derek should call Damon up. JD may give Derek pointers on what it's like to overvalue the market.

  2. T. Lee says:

    I remember, when Mantle was in his twilight years, he was treated with more dignity, than the way Jeter is being treated by The Cashman.

    • Mike S. says:

      You ever think that because then, Mantle was the only drawing card they had, unlike today?

      Also, a BIG difference between the $100,000 Mantle made in 1968 and the millions Derek wants today.

  3. So offering him well above market value is treating him poorly?

  4. [email protected] says:

    I can see the $ rising somewhat, but not the years!