Re: Does Anybody Know if the Yanks have the oldest ever roster in MLB History?
posted at 3/28/2012 1:57 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Does Anybody Know if the Yanks have the oldest ever roster in MLB History?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Does Anybody Know if the Yanks have the oldest ever roster in MLB History? : Are you telling me he is worth the money, they are paying him. Most players of today get paid for future performance, he is getting paid for his past. Jeter true market value ia for about a third of what he's making.
Posted by attic-dan[/QUOTE]
Actually Dan, when it comes to Superstar F.A.'s, they are being paid based on past performance and what their potential is for the first 2/3rds of the new contract. Teams who sign players to these 7 - 10 year deals certainly do not expect that player to perform at the levels they did while in their prime.
In the case of A-Rod, Fat Hank made the mistake of not holding Dopey's feet to the fire. This is why Hank has zero say in contract negotiations anymore. In fact, he is pretty much out of the business altogether. if there is one redeeming aspect of this stupid contract is that it is now on the downward slope of pay scale.
As for Jeter's contract, what choices did NY have? They had no choice but to resign him & try and make him happy at the same time. Jeter is an icon in NYC; his market value to the organization outside of actual team play is worth as much as his contract. Is he worth 17 million a year for his on the field play - no. But his value to NY is beyond any measurable statistics. In the era of baseball which we are in, how many superstar players have or are going to retire having only played for one team? Chipper Jones this year with Atlanta, Bernie Williams several years ago, Posada last year and Mo and Jeter in the near future. I think the last ones to do so in Boston were Dewey and Rice & that was in the early 90's. I am sure there may be a couple of others, but none which come to the top of my head. So out of 5 players I recall, 4 are Yankees. He will retire as a Yankee after the 2014 season and as one of the greatest shortstops of all-time. And that is part of the team legacy which this organization holds as close to their hearts as actual championships.
Do you think California expects Pujols to perform at the levels he has 7 years from now, forget about 10 years from now. He already appears to be showing a leveling off to possible downward turn (Slightest measurable amount). Same goes for most of these long term contracts.
There is something to be said about the stability of a team and a line-up. People make fun of the Yank's age and hope it will catch up to them & one day it will. But they are putting the same exact line-up out there this year, except for Posada as last year. If you don't think that is a plus, then we view the game a little differently. Look at all the b*tching that has gone on in Boston for years regarding the SS position.
So Jeter's overall value to NY and the organization is far greater than what his contract is paying him even if he is no longer statistically showing that.