Could Derek Jeter Sign with the Orioles?

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.

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10 Responses to Could Derek Jeter Sign with the Orioles?

  1. Bronx Knight says:

    Rob, do you think Fritz really believes what he wrote? This is the first time that I have heard anyone suggest that, based on his numbers, Jeter would be worth more than $10 or 11M per year to any team other than the Yankees.

    Maybe Fritz is just trying to artificially inflate the market for Jeter, to hang an albatross around the Yankees' necks.

  2. Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

    I think we can all agree that Jeter would get the best contract from the Yanks. But purely from a financial perspective, a team could probably recoup $15-20 million for the first year with the 3,000 hit milestone and all of the jerseys and other Jeter merchandise that would be sold in a new uniform.

  3. Merchandise sales are split 30 ways. So any tshirts, jerseys, and such wouldn't make a team more money. Where they could get more money is the advertisers he brings in and extra ticket sales.

    • Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

      I thought only a 1/3 of merchandise is shared and the rest the team keeps.

      • I believe it's all. I'll double check.

        • Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

          It's actually very confusing, as follows (I'm copying from an article on bizofbaseball.com):

          * Merchandise sold in the park or in a team store within X miles from the park is team local revenue based on retail margin (and subject to revenue sharing), but the team is subject to licensing fees, which are considered centralized (that figure is not subject to revenue sharing).

          * Merchandise that is sold through MLBAM or team websites is BAM revenue. BAM retains the retail margin but licensing still goes to MLB Properties and then the teams (centralized).

          * Licensed merchandise sold by retailers is retailer's revenue but generates licensing revenue for MLB Properties, which is centralized.

          * In the case of merchandise with a player name on it, a portion of the sale goes to the MLBPA

          Now, after being thoroughly confused about who gets what, I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that Jeter could easily generate well in excess of $50 million in merchandise revenue and perhaps even $100 million. It would take 500,000 fans spending $100 on average (which is much less than the cost of a real jersey) to get to $50M. Not only do I think hundreds of thousands of the new teams fans might buy Jeter stuff, but at least as many Yankee fans would as well.

  4. david k. says:

    As sad as it from a nostalgic point of view, the best thing for the Yankees is to offer only a modest, short term contract to DJ and if he goes somewhere else, then that's that. The numbers the last two years only tell half the story. The truth is that he swings at the first 9 out 10 times at the plate. He grounds into more double plays than Dave Winfield, without the power to compensate for it. And his arm is half what it used to be, forget about his range. Purely from a club perspective, Eduardo Nunez would probably play just as well if not better next year.

  5. david k. says:

    swings at the first pitch that is

  6. Mike S. says:

    "If there is one thing the Orioles do well, it’s milestone ceremonies."

    This made me laugh. Outside of Ripken's achievement in 1995 and his retirement, what other milestone ceremonies have the Orioles had recently?

  7. They had over 1 million fans last season? That might be a milestone to them.

    Oh, and they didn't lose 100 games last year. Maybe that's more of avoiding a milestone.