One of the talking points in the whole Derek Jeter saga is about how Jeter is supposed to want a big crazy deal because Alex Rodriguez got a big crazy deal and the reason Alex Rodriguez got a big crazy deal is because Hank Steinbrenner was running the show back then and he’s nuts. Now, however, with the more sober Hal Steinbrenner in charge, Jeter can’t expect to be overpaid.
Well guess what: even if Hank was in charge, it wouldn’t change anything:
“As much as we want to keep everybody, we’ve already made these guys very, very rich, and I don’t feel we owe anybody anything monetarily,” the Yankees co-chairman said Tuesday. “Some of these players are wealthier than their bosses.”
It took four years or so, but finally, someone in the Yankees front office got Hank on-message. If they can accomplish that seemingly impossible task, they can beat Derek Jeter in this negotiation standing on their heads.
Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team.
Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, batting a cumulative .294/.327/.447 with 15 home runs and 31 doubles in 532 plate appearances. While he’s raked at nearly every level so far, he also profiles well on defense, and rounded off his 2017 performance with a perfect fielding percentage, 208 putouts and a Gold Glove award.
Espinal is untested at the major league level and it’s not yet clear if he’ll make the jump in 2018. He showed some positional versatility during his time in the minors, however, and could take reps at third base or DH if necessary. The Tigers are reportedly on the lookout for pitching depth and left-handed bats — two bills the right-handed Espinal doesn’t fit — and presumably have a lot of moves left to make this winter.