New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter just finished the final
season of the 10-year, $189 million deal he signed in 2001. Now he
would like another one. The Yankees do not want to give him one,
because Jeter is 36 years old, hit .270 last year, and has the
defensive range of Mount Rainier. That hasn't stopped Jeter's agent
from taking an aggressive stance on his client's true worth to the
Yankees, telling AOL Fanhouse
that Jeter's "impact on the sport's most valuable franchise cannot be
overstated." Owner Hal Steinbrenner, for his part, cryptically warned
the New York Daily News
that "things could get messy" if Jeter didn't lower his asking price.
have no idea what that means, except maybe that Hal Steinbrenner
shouldn't watch so many Roger Moore-era Bond movies. As The New York
blog already pointed out, this deal would be done if someone would just
"adjust the bargaining framework rather than directly attempt to
reconcile revenue expectations that are largely invisible to the other
side and the public."
You know, like a real Yankee.
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