Great Moments in The Deification of Derek Jeter

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This headline from Jon Heyman’s story at CBS Sports.com gets at what annoys people about Derek Jeter coverage:

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The story itself is fine. Scouts question whether Jeter is going to be able to get it done this year. Totally legit. I just didn’t see anyone talking about “The Great” Derek Jeter or the “miracles” he performs. How would that even go down?

Scout 1: Hey, Bob.

Scout 2: Hey Joe, what’s up

Scout 1: Kinda concerned the great Derek Jeter is out of miracles, Bob.

Scout 2:  Jesus, Joe. Pull it together. You’re a professional scout for cryin’ out loud.

Jeter has been a fantastic player throughout his career. Yet the way Jeter is talked about as some other-worldly player cum deity drives people nuts.

Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

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The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.

Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.