Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Making Jeter Yankee owner perfect solution

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post wrote a fantastic column today advocating that George Steinbrenner and family make Derek Jeter a part owner of the New York Yankees. It's the perfect way to prevent a nasty, public dispute about Jeter's value when contract negotiations begin in the offseason.

The captain wants to be forever known as a Yankee and has been vocal about his desire to be a baseball owner. The team needs him because he is the marquee player and beloved fan favorite who will draw people to Yankee Stadium long after he retires.
It wouldn't be a major stretch to involve Jeter in the decision making, given that Brian Cashman already seeks his input on player moves. Jeter's a smart baseball guy, but he understands that it's a business so he won't let sentimentality get in the way of what's best for the team.

Jeter could probably be persuaded to take a lower annual salary in exchange for a piece of the team after he retires. Hell, it would be a better deal than Alex Rodriguez got. I'm sure Jeter would love that.

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