Is Derek Jeter this year’s Johnny Damon?

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I had this crazy dream last night!  The Yankees offered Derek Jeter $21 million a year for three years . . . and he rejected it!

Oh my, it actually happened. And at least someone in YankeeLand is tired of it:

According to the source, there is at least one voice inside the Yankees’ hierarchy urging the front office to play hard ball with Jeter. “Tell him the deal is three years at $15 million a year, take it or leave it,” the person taking the hard-line approach said. “Wait him out and he’ll wind up taking it. Where’s he gonna go, Cincinnati?”

I find myself coming around to that man’s way of thinking.   That deal is easily twice what any other team would conceivably offer. Maybe more than twice.  No pay cut — his 2010 salary was $21 million — and three more years?  How is that not fair?

More importantly, how is this not like the Johnny Damon negotiation last year? I mean, sure, I know Damon was no icon, but the Yankees showed last season that they have no compunction about walking away from a negotiation that has taken a turn towards the unreasonable.  It may be harder for them to do that here, but ultimately he’s still just a below average shortstop, not a brick of Unobtainium.  And if Mr. “where’s he gonna go, Cincinnati!” gets his way, they certainly could.

Watch: Javier Baez snares a 106-MPH ground ball

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What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Just ask Javier Baez, who tracked down a sizzling 106-MPH ground ball from Jose Bautista on Friday afternoon. The defensive gem helped preserve the Cubs’ three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, paving the way for Wade Davis‘ 25th save of the season.

Baez also impressed at the plate, collecting an RBI single in the second inning before getting tagged out at home by Miguel Montero on a convoluted 9-6-3-6-2 putout. He returned in the eighth inning to pester Tim Mayza and cleared the left field hedge with a 409-foot, two-run blast for his 20th home run of the year. With the win, the Cubs improved to 64-57 and now hold a scant 1.5-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central.

Dodgers activate Adrian Gonzalez

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The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.