Thursday, November 18, 2010

Early Bidding On Beltre... And Then There's Jeter

Good morning on this warmish (42 degrees) Thursday morning here in north central Connecticut. The bidding has begun and somewhere I found that the Oakland A's have made third baseman Adrian Beltre a five year offer. What's his agent asking for? Aye, that the rub...

"SI.com's Jon Heyman hears that Beltre's camp is using Torii Hunter's five year, $90MM contract as a comparable for their expectation. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes tweets that Oakland offered Beltre five years and $64MM."

Hmm, Boston doesn't like to offer five year contracts to anyone no matter what money that contract would be worth. But $90,000,000.00? $18,000,000 per season? Good luck, Adrian. Boston will make their offer, make no mistake about it. Maybe a three year $54,000,000 deal? That's the same yearly rate and the Red Sox wouldn't mind the three year length of the contract. Theo knows what he's doing and soon, before Christmas, we will too. I hope what HE wants, WE get.

There is a disagreement in the Yankees camp over how much to pay the "elderly" captain, Derek Jeter. The team would love to resign him for three years at $21,000,000.00 PER YEAR. Jeez. But Jeter seems to be stuck on a four, five or six year deal. Hey Derek, you're not a spring chicken anymore. Sure, every ball you can get to is an almost automatic out but your range continues to shrink. I think you can survive on $21 million a year. After taxes, that's roughly $15 million. EVERY YEAR. If you can't live on that, poor baby, you're completely nuts. Hey, you wear pinstripes. That's nuts enough. Read this from the Yankee's Randy Levine...

"Derek Jeter is a great Yankee and he's a great player. With that said and done, now is a different negotiation than 10 years ago."

Sorry for the ramble but Jeter boils my blood. That ain't good. Be tough, Yankee front office. Be tough. Hey, thanks for stopping in and, as always, you can click on this post's title for more sports news. And remember, BE WELL.

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