The New York Yankees definitely know how to take care of their idols.
The Yankees seem to be in full mode of re-signing their idols as they look to bounce back from a season where they fell short of the playoffs. First they brought back manager Joe Girardi and now they’ve done the same with icon Derek Jeter, who signed a one-year, $12 million deal with the Bronx Bombers.
This is definitively a smart move by the organization.
After the retirement of long-time closer Mariano Rivera, the Yankees looked to be set for a re-building stage as their roster was aging quickly. The return of Jeter, however, suggests that they are still looking to win now. Even when Jeter is not the productive player he used to be he’s still a key member for the team due to the intangibles he brings to the table.
It is clear that in order to help the team, Jeter needs to be able to stay off the disabled list. The veteran shortstop battled several injuries this past season and only played 17 games where he batted .190 with one home run HR, seven RBI and eight walks in 63 plate appearances.
That’s clearly not the type of production expected from a $12M player, but Jeter needed to be back as he’s the last icon of a Yankees organization that’s quickly aging. He’s a leader both on and off the field, and his presence will make the Yankees a better team in the long haul.
He’s one of the all-time greats in a winning franchise that desperately needs to get back to winning accolades. Jeter’s presence will only help the Yankees in their quest for improvement in the 2014 season.