The Posada drama will just not stop. Today reporters spoke with Derek Jeter who said the entire situation wasn’t a big deal and Jorge Posada didn’t need to apologize. He also seemingly took a shot at Brian Cashman along with it. Now the Yankees are supposedly upset with Jeter over those comments, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
“My reaction was that I didn’t think it was that big a deal. If you need a day, you need a day. It’s over. It’s done. It’s not the first time a player asked out of a lineup. Joe says if you feel like you need a day, let him know. It’s understandable … Let the person dealing with it go first. I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.”
YANKEE REACTION VIA BUSTER OLNEY:
Jeter, in his statements to reporters, essentially exonerated Posada from any wrongdoing for taking himself out of Saturday’s lineup against Boston. According to sources, Yankees management was surprised and frustrated by what Jeter said — particularly in his standing as captain — even after Posada acknowledged that he was wrong in his actions Saturday and apologized to manager Joe Girardi.
MY REACTION: This entire thing with Posada has gotten so out of hand because we are at the end of what has been an exciting career. We the fans don’t want to watch it end (even if some of have been ready for some time) and Posada himself certainly doesn’t want it to end. Posada getting dropped to 9th in the order is just the first step toward removing him permanently.
Now Jeter has gotten himself into it and it’s actually appropriate because this is just the beginning of the fight. Like Posada, Jeter’s skills are deteriorating and it’s getting increasingly harder to watch. The Yankees have not gotten to this point with Jeter yet, but it is coming. When it does it’s going to be bigger and probably a lot badder than this round with Posada.
This is nothing really. The Yankees could just be trying to light a fire under Posada with all of this. But if it backfires it’s no big deal. Posada is merely the DH and is in the final year of his contract. If he doesn’t rebound and contributes nothing, the Yankees can simply release him and it won’t really impact the club long term.
Jeter is going to be worse because he’s been an even bigger icon for the Yankees for a longer period of time. He’s also in the first year of a three-year contract that has a player option for a fourth year. On top of that he’s not a DH, he’s the shortstop. A much harder position to replace.
Jeter has started to feel some of this already when he dealt with the contract negotiations during the offseason. He could be coming to the defense of his friend, even though his friend has already apologized, because he sees this happening to him. He’s already experienced a deep decline, in another year they very well could be looking to push him out.
Basically the signs are on the wall. This bout the Yankees have had with Posada is nothing. Both sides are just warming up for the real battle when Jeter becomes a liability himself.