As if the idea of a player ending his career in a place other than the Bronx is so insane.
And Jeter's agent is "baffled" by the fact that the Yankees are offering a shortstop closer to 40 than to 35 ONLY a three year deal that would keep paying him as one of the elite players in the game.
And all the Jeter defenders are waxing poetic about Jeter's place among legends like DiMaggio and Mantle and shouldn't the Yankees pay him for his leadership qualities and what he has done in the past for the Yankees?
As if he took less money to play for the Yankees when he signed that 10 year, $189 million contract.
As if HE went to third to make room when a superior shortstop came to town.
Wasn't he already well compensated for past services rendered?
So I have a crazy way to settle this nonsense... have Jeter go out on the open market! See what he is worth! And then have the Yankees match the best offer.
Isn't that the fair thing?
That way we get to see how fair the Yankee offer is... and we get to see what Jeter's loyalty to the Yankees truly is.
And Yankees, see what he is worth and consider if you want to ante up. Even iconic franchise players can part ways with their teams.
The 49ers parted ways with Joe Montana. The Bruins said toodleloo to Bobby Orr.
In baseball even the likes of Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg and Christy Mathewson wrapped up their careers elsewhere.
And oh yeah, Babe Ruth finished his career as a Boston Brave.
Perhaps the Yankees might say "Do you know what? We're not going to match the Padres offer." And in a way, can you blame them?
They signed Jorge Posada to a "let's be loyal to our boys" contract after the 2007 off season. Not one team could possibly have offered him 3 years... the Yankees gave him 4. And he was worthless after 2 seasons.
Maybe they don't want to get in the habit of over compensating for players they have already paid a fortune for.
It wouldn't kill the fan base to see a Yankee legend wear someone else's uniform.
All of this insanity can be solved the good old fashioned American way. Find out Jeter's worth and decide to pay it or not.
That way there is no question. Is the Yankee offer an insult? If it beats the market, then obviously it isn't. Is being a Yankee the most important thing to Jeter? If he resigns for less money, then no doubt.