http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...l?eref=writersOriginally Posted by Hughes2.50
I know the Yanks view Jeter as an icon- but I also think that Heyman is missing the bigger picture- ARod, with the bad hip, is no longer a perennial MVP candidate and will soon DH. Posada may be the DH next year with Montero as C.
I think the Yanks aren't really looking long term with Jeter. 2011 is a given- but a 3 or 4 year deal with a guy who really is now a bad SS and not a great hitter anymore- with DH closed as an option- I really think the bigger picture needs to be examined more. When we look at a 4 year picture, it is clear that 2009 was the outlier, not a trend or comeback.
I think the Yanks should simply tell Jeter that as some "financial reward" for his past service, that they will offer him arbitration, tell him to accept it and name his own price for 2011- if it is $25M, so be it- he's going to have the Stadium packed with a Jeter love-fest in the run to 3000.
That said, it is now time to assess where Jeter is after each year. Give him whatever he wants for 2011 and give him the back pages full of praise about how he's worth every penny- but don't give in on the years.
I don't see the Yanks waving goodbye to Jeter next winter, but if he continues to decline, the Yanks can't find themselves in the position of carrying Jeter because he's Jeter. Go year to year and don't quibble about the price- but keep your flexibility.