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.