Making its way around the interwebs today is the New York Daily News’ Bill Madden’s report that the’ three-year, $45 million contract the Yankees have offered their captain and longtime shortstop, Derek Jeter, is less than a third of what he thinks he deserves.
Jeter is reportedly using six years and $150 million as a starting point for his new contract. He and his agent, Casey Close, “aren’t budging on $25 million per year”—demonstrating that Jeter is perhaps the most self-deluded player in all of baseball.
Jeter, who turns 37 next season, is coming off the worst year of his career. He hit .270 with 10 homers and a .710 OPS—not bad for a shortstop, but at 2.5 WAR, he’s closer to Yuniesky Betancourt than Troy Tulowitzki.
But let’s pretend that Jeter is completely immune to the aging process and 2010 was just an inexplicable down year. Using a 5-4-3 weight for his last three seasons, you’re looking at a guy who’s worth 4.2 WAR per 600 plate appearances. That’s good, but it’s not great, and it’s not worth anywhere near deserving of a $25 million salary.
But, of course, Jeter is getting older, and his proposed deal would make him the highest-paid player in the game when he’s 42. His speed will disappear and what’s left of his power will dry up, and his already-awful range will get so bad that even Yankees fans will admit it—but he would still be making $25 million.
But I digress. Hats off to Derek Jeter—a true class act.