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.