No. But that hasn’t stopped an Orioles beat writer from stomping for him. Via Ron Fritz of the Baltimore Sun:
The Orioles have many holes — first base, third base, veteran starting pitching and the bullpen. But they also need a shortstop. More importantly, they need a leader.
They need Derek Jeter.
Sure, he’s 36 and will turn 37 during the 2011 season. But he’s durable, playing at least 150 games the past seven seasons. His batting average fell from .334 to .270 and his home run total dropped by eight to just 10. But he drove in 67 runs and won a Gold Glove. He’s no Cesar Izturis defensively, but he’s solid and his hitting numbers crush those of Izturis.
Jeter also would bring five World Series titles, command respect in the locker room and show a young Orioles team how to play the game. The future Hall of Famer is 74 hits from 3,000. If there is one thing the Orioles do well, it’s milestone ceremonies.
If the Yankees are willing to let Jeter test the free-agency market, then the Orioles should be there with an offer, somewhere in the four-year, $60 million range. Really, whatever it takes. Ask Cal Ripken Jr. to help recruit him. And then, because you have a shortstop who does more than hit singles, you can maybe re-sign Ty Wigginton to play third or first and still be able to spend decent money for another corner infielder.
Again, I don’t think this would ever or could ever happen. Tt is funny to think that there is a guy who is smart enough to hold down a writing job that thinks that not only could it happen, but that it needs to happen.
I don’t doubt that the Orioles might be interested in Jeter since they need a shortstop. It is hard to see them ponying up $60 million over four years and the Yankees not just matching it. Even if the Yankees let him walk, it’s hard to not see the Orioles regretting spending such a huge portion of their payroll on an aging player. He is not the type of player they need as they rebuild.