After weeks of vandalizing Jeter, one of the most luminous Yankees ever, and seemingly giving Mariano Rivera the silent treatment, Yankee fans have had about 24 hours of peace.
That was Saturday, today is Tuesday and the Winter Meetings are in full swing.
The MLB Network has around-the-clock coverage, filled with interviews and introductions. The first 24 hours a majority of teams’ GMs and owners sat down to give their respective clubs plan for 2011. I learned a lot:
The West Coast, NL version of Yankees Mark Teixeira has left San Diego for Beantown, as Adrian Gonzalez is now with the Boston Red Sox. During his press conference, Gonzalez said he couldn’t wait to beat the Yankees. Boston gave up three coveted prospects and one player to be named later to the Padres for the All-Star. GM Theo Epstein said Kevin Youkilis would move to third-base, so Gonzalez can play at first. Gonzalez is described as a left-handed Manny Ramirez and hit .337 in 2010. Merry Christmas Red Sox fans!
Jayson Werth signed a monster contract for seven years and $126 million with the Washington Nationals. So, now you know Scott Boras is in attendance. As for Werth, he better hope rolling around in dollar bills will ease the pain of losing. Not to worry as no one watched the Nationals games and Stephen Strasburg won’t be back till 2012 so stash some of the green in your locker, too.
My love affair continues to grow stronger with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, as he once again told it like it is and it is so refreshing. Ozzie was elated about his team’s new addition of Adam Dunn from the Nationals. Ozzie said his White Sox are AL Central’s team to beat. Ozzie ended his talk by stating he wished he was Jayson Werth’s wife.
Also, heard from higher-ups of the Rangers, Mets, Braves, Padres, Phillies, Angels and others who took the time to inform us what they are up too. Also, the Red Sox have officially been labeled the favorites to win the 2011 World Series.
So, what news came out of Yankees camp?
Well, we were told that Andy Pettitte is leaning towards retiring, according to a friend of a friend. That is very reliable reporting.
To my utter disbelief, it was true. Werth signed with the Nationals for the next seven years and $126 million dollar paycheck.
Werth had many options as one of the coveted free agents this offseason, with teams like the Red Sox, Angeles and his own Phillies in the mix.
So, signing with the not-going-to-win Nationals was shocking—until you saw the price tag and remember he hired a new agent named Scott Boras.
Moving from the Phillies, who won the 2008 World Series and four straight NL East titles, to one that finished in last place in 2010 with a 69-93 record and has yet to have a winning record since 2003 makes absolutely no sense for three reasons.
1) Playing for the Nationals and your chances of even getting in playoff contention is slim. Hope rolling in dollar bills can make up for having to play everyday and losing consistently.
2) From the franchise’s prospective, it makes no sense to spend that money on a 31 year old that made $2.5 million in 2010.
What a way to piss off all the other teams the day before the Winter Meetings, especially Los Angeles Angels GM Tony Reagins, who must be ready to kill Boras and the Nationals, along with every other GM in baseball because prices just went up.
3) For Werth, a lesson will be learned because playing 162 games for a losing ball-club, who will have an empty park, is worth no amount of money. Werth was an All-Star as a Philly too. Remember that Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg is out for the entire 2011 season and that was the only time fans showed up.
This reeks of Scott Boras. Boras tends to get his players to go for the green instead of where they can utilize their skills. Yes, it usually means less of a payday, but gaining personal achievements to be a tad less rich is a no brainier.
Jeter was the talk of the town, which is no easy feat in the Big Apple, and not necessarily something you want to go through.
It’s a city of ego, making jealousy an easy path to choose and Jeter isn’t so hard to envy.
With a resume consisting of professional athlete, Yankee captain, not hard on the eyes, easy-going, polite, five-time world champ and an endorsement list that rivals Michael Jordan—who named a sneaker in his honor—caused New Yorkers to get nasty.
Other than Jeter’s desperate need for an off-the-field stylist, try to find me a guy who wouldn’t want to be Derek Jeter for a day, because he is living the dream.
Looking back on Jeter’s contract negotiations, the emotions were not so jealously driven as much as I felt betrayed.
Baseball is a business, but the players are still people.
See, Jeter is not just a shortstop or a professional baseball player to most of us Yankee fans. This made it very personal for us.
If George Steinbrenner were still alive, I doubt he would have allowed any dirt to be kicked on the captain.
Rumored to be in the ballpark of about $19 million per season, over three years with an option for a fourth. The fourth season is TBD on Jeter’s performance, no specifics are known as to what these requirements entail.
This means Jeter keeps the same salary as his last contract, which was 10 years at $189 million bucks.
Phew! Rumor has it that the greatest closer in the history of baseball will stay in pinstripes.That is great news for the New York Yankees who are said to be re-signing Mariano Rivera for 2 more years at $30 million.
Rumor has it that two of the Bombers biggest rivals, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels tried to steal Mo from New York.
One team supposedly offered Rivera 3-years at $17 million a season.
Only response too both suitors is loyalty is not gone from sports, as Rivera wants to stay for less money and years exactly where he started.