Is Derek Jeter this year’s Johnny Damon?

31 Comments

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.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

Drew Storen
Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.