Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Much Needed Derek Jeter Perspective, Giants MUST Say No


Now that Juan Uribe is no longer an option as the Giants shortstop there are rumblings that Brian Sabean should go after a big name guy and the biggest name out there is Derek Jeter.

New York Yankees Derek Jeter drives in 2 runs with a triple in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium in New York City on August 19, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom
Now I think Jeter is a fine player and is a first ballot hall of famer but really we should take a step back and realize that he is coming off his worst year ever wants huge money and half a decade contract. He is getting to the point where he is no longer really a short stop and a move to a different position is most likely in the near term future.

Well here is some much needed perspective, both of these guys are coming off of career years but in the following season one was rendered a bench player by the end of the season and has huge question marks about him next season.

The other is asking for a contract that is worth over $100 million and is though of as a demi-god by the east coast media.

One of these players is going to be 24 next season the other 37. One is being threatened with a possible demotion to AAA the other is given special treatment and thought to demand however much money he wants.

Well these two are much closer then you would think:

Player A: .270/ .340/ .370 .320 wOBA, OPS + 90

Player B: .268/ .323/ .409 .314 wOBA OPS+ 95

Offensively these two are very similar, defensively they match up pretty evenly too coming in a touch below league average.

So the question is which would you rather have?

Player A is Derek Jeter and Player B is Pablo Sandoval. When you strip the veneer of the Jeter name and look at the season he had it is pretty poor. I understand that shortstop is thin but really $20 million plus? That would be a really dumb move to make.

If were are so concerned about Pablo bouncing back why wouldn't we worry even more about the fall off from a guy in his late 30's taking a nose dive AND making a ton of money. No thank you.

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