Right here in New York, we all know higher.
Derek Jeter as a double agent, working to assist his previous crew? That might make as a lot sense as suggesting the previous Yankees captain would use Alex Rodriguez as his “Cellphone a pal” have been he to ever seem on “Who Needs to Be a Millionaire?”
You’ll be able to wager a yr’s value of reward baskets that buying and selling his costly, sad celebrity Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees introduced solely unhappiness to the Marlins’ rookie CEO. That being cornered into making this deal, which resulted in sizable social-media mocking that questioned his true loyalties, has so as to add aggravation to what has been a really tough opening act of Jeter’s new profession.
He’ll have his alternative to defend this transaction, to insist that his possession group has the monetary fortitude and baseball savvy to drag the Marlins out of their morass. What he can’t say, however what everybody in New York is aware of, is that this:
The very last thing he needs to do is assist the Yankees.
After enjoying baseball, Jeter’s biggest reward could be his potential to carry a grudge. Do not forget that turbulent negotiation throughout Jeter’s one expertise as a free agent, between the 2010 and 2011 seasons? Jeter does.
Within the first three years after he retired, Jeter made himself scarce on Yankees property. He got here to Yankee Stadium out of respect for his honored teammates Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams, then when the franchise retired his personal No. 2. In Tampa, the place he lives full-time and the Yankees maintain spring coaching, Jeter met off-site a couple of instances with Yankees minor leaguers on the request of Gary Denbo, his first skilled supervisor and perpetual swing physician who now works because the Marlins’ vp of participant improvement and scouting.
So people in South Florida, Boston and in all places else can dispatch with the idea that Jeter needs the Yankees so as to add to their trove of trophies. In addition to, Marlins followers can discover loads of legit grievances and issues about Jeter and his chairman and principal proprietor Bruce Sherman.
Begin with the query about cash. The highest asset the Marlins acquired from the Yankees for Stanton was payroll flexibility, because the Yankees assumed $265 million of the $295 million Stanton has assured. Had the Marlins been prepared to take one other unhealthy Yankees contract or pay down extra of the contract, they might’ve been in place to ask for higher expertise in return. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports activities first reported that the Marlins proceed to hunt out extra traders.
Then go to competence. Jeter has skilled his share of missteps and misfortune already, from dismissing the franchise’s 4 sensible males (Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson, Jack McKeon and Tony Perez) and clumsily trying (and failing) to carry them again, to veteran scout Marty Scott getting fired whereas he was within the hospital recovering from surgical procedure to deal with his most cancers. He additionally admitted on the homeowners’ conferences final month that he had but to talk with Stanton, a most curious choice.
These actions gave Jeter much less margin for error when it got here to the Stanton commerce, and man, it bought furry when Stanton made it clear he would decline transfers to each the Cardinals and the Giants. With the Dodgers’ supply of unhealthy contracts (like Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Kazmir) unappetizing, the Marlins turned to the Yankees, who no less than supplied an honest participant in Starlin Castro and a few lower-level prospects (Jose Devers and Jorge Guzman), whom Denbo is aware of first-hand, along with the bailout.
In South Florida, after this transfer, Jeter’s reputation in all probability polls much like that of his Marlins predecessors Jeffrey Loria and David Samson — and much under beloved Miamian A-Rod. This marks extra new territory for Jeter. Extra challenges. Each his legacy and that of commissioner Rob Manfred, who very a lot wished Jeter to get this chance, are on the road.
He has a lot to show. But the proof exists already to acquit him of probably the most egregious cost. Relaxation assured that nothing would make Jeter happier than this commerce creating as a lot Yankees agita because the A-Rod deal 13-plus years in the past, and even much less October success.