Jeter, A-Rod, and Next Year’s Free Agents: Friday Yankees Links

  • We all knew that Alex Rodriguez would not be able to live up to the value of his massive 10-year $275M contract (who could?), especially since he will be 42 when it expires. But River Avenue Blues is here to tell just how overpaid A-Rod truly is. With numbers like these, it’s not hard to see why the Yankees are so set on ending the trend of handing out bags of cash to free agents.
  • Of course, the offseason would be no fun at all if there was no hope of acquiring premier players, and the Yankee Analysts are already looking ahead to next year and the plethora of talent that could become available.
  • Despite the popular perception that the Yankees buy all of their talent, a lot of pretty decent players like Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera were drafted and developed in the Yankees system. And Bill Livesey, the man largely responsible for their development, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation. Sounds like a well-deserved honor to me.
  • Kalamazoo Central High School recently held a ceremony to dedicate the renaming of its baseball field to honor Derek Jeter and you can watch highlights of it here. There is a lot of great footage of a teenage Jeter, which makes you realize that Derek has been in baseball for quite a long time now. And if, like me, you remember Jeter breaking into MLB as a 21-year old, it will make you realize that you have aged a bit since then too. Sigh.

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