Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Yankees offer to Jeter is more than fair

The Yankees are playing hardball with future Hall-of-Famer Derek Jeter, telling him to accept the offer, or explore other deals.  Surely, the Yankees wouldn't allow their captain to walk away and get his 3,000 hit elsewhere.  Could they?

By various reports the Yankees have offered Jeter a 3 year, $45 million dollar deal, a deal that averages $15 million a year.  Sounds pretty fair, doesn't it?  Well not according to Jeter's agent.

Jeter's last contract was a 10 year, $189 million deal he signed in 2001.  Last year, Jeter was one of the highest paid players in all of professional sports, pulling in a salary of $22.6 million.  So, by accepting a contract that averages only $15 million, Jeter would be taking a substantial paycut.  For a guy who has been the greatest Yankee of the last 40 years, that has to be a blow to his ego.  So should Jeter accept this offer, try to hold out for more money, or explore other deals?  Well, let's see what the numbers tell us.

For his illustrious career, Jeter has hit .314/.385/.452, with 234 HR's and more importantly 2,926 hits.  Unless he drops dead, Jeter will probably end up with 3,200-3,400 hits, a number that makes him an absolute lock for Cooperstown.  He has four World Series titles, and has been clutch his entire career.  The Yankees have been the only organization he has known, since going 6th overall in the 1992 draft, ahead of studs like Chad Mottola, B.J. Wallace, and Paul Shuey.

However, like the rest of us, father time is clearly catching up to Jeter.  In 2010 Jeter put up a line of .270/.340/.370 with 10 HR's and 67 RBI's.  The .370 slugging percentage also represented a career-low.  His WAR value was 2.5, the lowest it's been since 1996.  Jeter did win the Gold Glove in 2010, but his UZR rating was -5.4, which tells us he was below average defensively.  He was also 5th in the AL with 22 double plays grounded into.

Now don't get me wrong, I love Jeter, but his numbers tell us that he is clearly not worth $15 million a year.  Compare his numbers with a couple of other free agent shortstops:

Derek Jeter:  .270/.340/.370, 10 HR's, 67 RBI's, UZR: -5.4, WAR:  2.5
Miguel Tejada:  .269/.312/.381, 15 HR's 71 RBI's, UZR:  0.3, WAR:  1.3
Orlando Cabrera:  .263/.303/.354, 4 HR's, 42 RBI's UZR:  5.3, WAR:  1.3

In comparing these three veteran shortstops, there isn't much of a statistical difference, yet Cabrera and Tejada are unlikely to receive multi-year offers, where Jeter has already been offered a three year deal.  Obviously its silly to mention Orlando Cabrera in the same breath as Jeter, yet their value isn't too far apart.

Jeter's camp is unrealistic if they will that they can get more on the open market.  The Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, and Phillies are all unlikely to offer Jeter a deal.  You can also eliminate every "small" market team such as the Pirates, Royals, Padres or Indians.  So who would, besides the Yankees, offer Jeter a multi-year deal?  The answer is no one.  The Yankees don't want to bid against themselves, and are taking the correct approach in negotiation.

Seeing Jeter in a uniform other than the Yankees is almost blasphemous.  He is one of the faces of baseball, a great champion, and a consummate professional.  Seeing him get his 3,000 hit in a uniform other than the Yankees would make me sick.  Jeter needs to take the 3 year, $45 million deal, and get to work.  

Hot Stove Roundup: V-Mart to the Tigers, Huff still a Giant

The Tigers came to an agreement with free agent catcher Victor Martinez on Tuesday.  The deal is for 4 years and $50 million.  The Boston Red Sox(Martinez's former team) offered a deal for 3 years and $36 million, and 4 years, $42 million. 

Martinez hit .302/.351/.494 in 2010, with 20 HR's and 79 RBI's.  Martinez is expected to fill the void the Tigers have at catcher, but he should see some time at DH, and can spell Miguel Cabrera at first.

Since the Red Sox offered Martinez arbiration, the Red Sox will receive the #19th pick in the 2011 draft, as well as a compensatory draft pick.

In other Hot Stove news, the Giants resigned first baseman/outfielder Aubrey Huff to a 2 year, $22 million contract.

Huff was an instrumental part in the Giants surprising run to the World Series title.  He hit .290/.385/.506 with 26 HR's and 86 RBI's.  He finished 7th in the NL MVP voting this year.

Kevin Says:  4 years seems like a lengthy commitment for a 32 year old catcher, who may need to move permanently to DH according to various scouts.  That being said, he should improve the Tigers lineup, in what appears to be a winnable AL Central.  Although, like I said before, the deal is one year too long in my opinion.

The Huff deal was expected.  He does a great job of getting on base, and has 20 HR power.  Was one of the best bargains to baseball last year, after signing a 1 year/$3 million deal last offseason.

Clippers sting the Hornets 99-95

As i mentioned this earlier, before the start of the NBA season, I have decided to become a full fledged Clippers fan, and cheer them on.  Yes, the team is a pathetic 2-13, but they are fun to watch.  Tonight could be a possible turning point to a very young team.

The Clippers knocked off the red-hot New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center, 99-95.  The Hornets came in with an 11-1, but the Clippers walked away with a hard fought win.

The Clippers currently don't start anyone over the age of 22, yet made some key throws down the stretch to pull away from the Hornets.

The Clips dynamic duo of Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin came up huge.  Griffin followed up his 44 point, 15 rebound performance with 24 points, 13 boards and 2 blocks.  Eric Gordon put up 27 points on 9-18 shooting.  He made two free throws with 4 seconds left to put the Clippers up by 4.

Al-Forouq Aminu added 16 points, and Deandre Jordan added 12 points and 8 boards.

The Clippers meet the Kings on Thanksgiving night on ESPN, check out Blake Griffin in action!

Chargers buck Denver, 35-14

The Chargers look poised for another improbable run to an AFC West in 2010.  After getting off to an abysmal 2-5 start, the Chargers won their third in a row Monday night, beating up on the Denver Broncos, 35-14.

The game didn't start off so well for San Diego, as Denver went down the field, in a very efficient drive, going 69 yards, on 6 plays.  Knowshon Moreno punched in the score from 4 yards out, and the Chargers were down 7 early.

Philip Rivers, as he has done all season, put the Chargers on his back, and lead the way.  After punting on their first possession, Rivers lead the Chargers back for the equalizer, connecting with Malcolm Floyd on a 6 yard score.  The drive was extended by a brilliant fake punt call, in which punter Mike Scifres hit Mike Tolbert on a 28 yard pass.

The Chargers scored again late in the second as Mike Tolbert punched in a 1 yard touchdown to give the Chargers a lead they wouldn't relinquish.  The key play on the drive was Rivers hooking up with Patrick Crayton on a 49 yard reception.  Crayton finished up with 105 yards on 3 receptions.  He left the game with an apparent hand injury.

The matchup was billed as a potential shootout, as both Kyle Orton and Philip Rivers are among the leaders in passing yards, although the Chargers did a great job of bottling up the potent Denver passing game.

Orton finished up 24-38, with 217 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.  The touchdown pass came with the Chargers ahead 35-7.  The Chargers applied lots of pressure on Orton, sacking him 5 times, including 2 by Shaun Phillips.  The Chargers for maybe the first time all season, did not have a breakdown on special teams, and had just one turnover.

Rivers finished up 15-24, with 233 and 4 TD's.  The 233 yards were a season-low, and he also was picked off once by Champ Bailey.

Mike Tolbert paced the running game with a career-high 111 yards on 25 carries.

The Chargers even their record at 5-5, and travel to Indianapolis next Sunday night.

  • Notes:  Rookie DT, Cam Thomas, and 2nd year DE Vaughn Martin each had their first career sacks in the game. 
  • Shaun Phillips had 2 sacks, giving him 9 for the season, which ties him for 3rd in the NFL.
  • Before the game, the Chargers activated TE Kory Sperry, and RB Curtis Brinkley, while releasing LB's Brandon Lang and David Herron. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Random Thoughts: Black Friday

For those of you who know me, you do know that I am a sales person in the retail world.  I work for a large office supplies chain(figure it out if you do not know) and Black Friday is the craziest day of the year for us retail hacks.

Most of you bastards get to enjoy thanksgiving, eat till your stomach collapses, and watch the Lions get drubbed, knowing that you have a nice four day weekend ahead of you.  You can sleep late on Friday, make yourself a nice turkey sandwich, and enjoy all of the college football that is televised.

People like me are forced to wake up at ungodly hours of the morning, and walk into an absolute nightmare.  Last year, I arrived at work at 4am, to a line of 100 degenerates.  I walked in, sporting my work shirt, and was immediately bombarded with questions, before I even walked in the door.  Obviously this idiots must know that i am not on the clock, yet that didn't stop them.  These people are absolutely relentless.

As I made my way past the hoards of shopping zombies, I walked in to find our store manager trying to motivate us to achieve our sales goals, and to keep all of our limbs attached to our bodies.  He wanted us to "squeeze every dollar out of the customers."  I thought of him picking up someone by the legs, and shaking them until all of their pocket change fell to the floor.

I chug a Red Bull, knowing that I will need the caffeine to endure the slew of moron's that were about to fight over sale items, and ask ridiculously stupid questions.   My all-time favorite is:  "Is a laptop portable."

Boom!  The door opens, and 15 people rush at me.  All of them are looking for the same, inexpensive computer.  They buy it from me.  Naturally, they don't buy any of the services that our corporate division shoves down our throats, which leads the store manager to whine and complain all day.

Ten minutes into the day, that $299 laptop is completely sold out, and there is no substitute.  People beg, yell, and curse me for false advertising, since they missed out on the deal.  No rainchecks, no hope for you, now please leave my store.  This continuum continues for about 12 hours, when my shift is over, and I die a little inside.

I realize that the holiday season can be stressful.  Everyone wants to get that perfect gift, but folks, we who work in retail couldn't care less.  I don't care that your wife won't get that laptop she had her heart set on.  I don't care that your bastard kids won't be rocking an Ipod on Christmas morning.  Maybe I would care, but you idiots berate retailers with insults.  You blame us for the fact that were sold out of a particular item.  It drives me nuts.

While the rest of you are at the mall's, or at home with family, think of the retailers out there like me who are forced to deal with your shit.  Think twice before calling the clerk at Best Buy a retard.  You will feel better about yourself.  Look out for your retail brothers and sisters.

Douchebag of the Week: Terrell Owens

Excuse for being a little late with this one, folks.  It's been a crazy week for me, full of work and term papers.  But anyway, let's dive in.

The Cincinnati Bengals have been an absolute joke this year, standing with a 2-8 record, after an embarrassing loss to the hapless Buffalo Bills.  Owens has had a Pro Bowl caliber year, so his on-field play is not the reason why he won the award.  No folks, Owens wins for opening his mouth via twitter last week.

Owens criticized former teammate, and current Washington Redskins quarterback for his shotty play, in the Redskins meltdown last week at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.  Owens took to twitter and said:  "How do you justify a $78 million dollar contract with this kind of performance."

It's one thing to criticize another player's performance.  Usually players tend to shy away from such things, as to not give another team extra motivation.  It was further fueled by the fact that Mcnabb and Owens have a tumultuous history together, with a very public divorce several years ago.  However, this is not the reason why I selected Owens for this week's award.  No, Owens wins it for blaming the tweet on his "brother."

Owens later tweeted later, "I see my brother got you all riled up, haha."

Hey TO, that is a super weak excuse.  I love when athletes and public figures say stupid things in the media.  TO is entertaining, and is always good for a memorable quote, or for his often erratic behavior.  But dude, saying your "brother" wrote that from your account is beyond lame.  If you have the balls to speak up, be ready for the backlash.  Be prepared to back up your rhetoric with a compelling argument, or a memorable quote.  Please don't make up an excuse as a cop out.

Personally, I believe that Owens' act is starting to wear thin.  The Bungles are terrible, and his talk show with Ochocinco is a disaster.  Despite his tremendous numbers, teams may shy away from Owens in the offseason for stupid statements like this, and the circus act that comes with the production. 

I believe that a person should stand behind what they mean.  If I said something on this level, I would either apologize for my ignorance, or stand by what I said.  By backtracking, TO, in my humble opinion, looks like a complete pussy. 

You have no shot an the MVP award this year Terrell, but you will win at least one award this year:  Douchebag of the Week!