Don’t Expect the Mets to Sign Derek Jeter

Via Andy Martino of the NY Daily News:

Whether or not Derek Jeter heeds Brian Cashman’s suggestion and explores the open market, there is absolutely no way he will become a Met, according to a source with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking.

But the Mets already have $11 million committed for next season to an All-Star shortstop, 27-year-old Jose Reyes, who is nine years Jeter’s junior.

Even if the Mets were to trade Reyes and create room for another shortstop, they would still lack the payroll flexibility to pursue a player who appears to want significantly more than $15 million per year.

The Mets don’t want a shortstop turning 37 who is coming off the worst year of his career? This might actually be the first smart decision they’ve had in years.

Don’t get me wrong, Jeter is still a serviceable player, but if he leaves the Yankees it’s going to be because somebody outbids them in both dollars and years. If another team tops the Yankees three-year $45 million bid, including the Yankees themselves, they are making a big mistake.

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7 Responses to Don’t Expect the Mets to Sign Derek Jeter

  1. Bronx Knight says:

    It would be an interesting move for the Mets; Jeter would definitely be a big draw, but makes no sense since they'd have to move Reyes first.

  2. harley says:

    i would sign him. he could play second base and teach guys like reyes, wright and davis in the infield how to win. and he would be the type of leader this team needs. id go for it. the yankees wont give him what he wants i say go for it wlpons you want ny its there for the taking sign jeter even though hes old. at least we respect the legends of the game. the yankees never respected there legends. they shafted babe ruth in the past, recently they shafted bernie williams and now looks like they are doing it to jeter.

    • Mike S. says:

      How do you know he can play second? Second is harder than SS when turning the DP (back to the runner).

      Let's not forget this: Jeter has not played one inning, not ONE, at any position other than SS in his major OR minor league career. There is no indication or proof that he could handle a position switch. It isn't that easy, and it's much easier to go 2B to SS than the other way around.

      Never respected their legends? Guess what. When they finally said "it's time" to those players, it WAS time. They didn't "shaft" them … and as a result, they kept on winning, as opposed to watching fading stars get old and thereby dragging their teams down with them (as what happened in the Bronx in the mid to late 60's).

  3. Ken Waldmann says:

    The Mets have too often taken other team's aging cast-offs. No to Jeter.

  4. Mike B. says:

    Sign him & move him to 1B. He'll be a star for another 5-6 yrs in the NL & give instant credability to the Mets & pull some Yankke fans

  5. Mike B. says:

    He would hit .400 & lead the team in doubles at Ciiti Field