Captain America Makes New Home in Fenway
Associated Press – February 12th, 2012
Boston, MA.- After over a decade in pinstripes, former New York Yankee’s captain Derek Jeter has found a new home. Shocking baseball fans everywhere, and especially in New York and Massachusetts, Jeter signed a two year, $19.5 Million deal with the Boston Red Sox today. The deal includes a base salary of $11 Million in year one, and $8.5 in year two, and a team option for a third year, also at $8.5 Million. With performance incentives based on games played, and wining league awards such as the batting title, and World Series MVP, the total value of the deal, if the third year is picked up, could total $36 Million.
After averaging almost $19 Million over the last ten years, Jeter had this to say about the apparent discount for the once hated rival Red Sox, “I’ve played this game for a lot of years, and I have set aside a pretty nice nest egg. Finances weren’t my focus, the length of the deal, and going to the right environment to end my career was.”
I just peed and pooped
The Yankee’s offer had been rumored to be a one year deal, with a club option for a second, with salary in the $12-$15 Million range annually. Yet, it seems, that the once proud Yankee was more comfortable going to the division rival than finishing his career for the only professional organization he had ever known.
While it may be a surprise to many, the situation had apparently been building for several years. Jeter began to lose faith in the Yankee organization once control of the franchise was shifted from patriarch George Steinbrenner to his sons Hank and Hal. Tension increased due to the now infamous scandal surrounding former Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s confirmed use of steroids with the Texas Rangers, and subsequent suspension in 2010 for testing positive for the banned substance DioxybuterHomorol. The failed conversion to 3rd base of Mark Teixeira, and the fact that the Yankee’s have not qualified for the playoffs in 4 straight seasons sealed the deal.
I peed and pooped as well.
With 4 championships in the last 6 seasons, and one World Series loss to the Philadelphia Phillies this past October, the Red Sox are what the Yankee’s once were, the face of Major League Baseball. With two former MVP’s in their infield, and a dominant pitching staff, the Sox only major need has been at SS. Jeter said that his decision was made easier having played in the World Baseball Classic with 2B Dustin Padrioa, the 2008 and 2010 AL MVP, and 1B Kevin Youkilis, the current holder of that title. “Already having been in the locker room with those guys, at the Classic and in All-Star Games, made this an easy fit. I am looking forward to being just one of the guys instead of having to be center stage all the time.”
Red Sox spokesman, and Player Relations Liaison, Jacob B. Rabbs had this to say, “We think that Derek’s considerable experience in the division, his general charisma, and his talent will be a welcome addition to the clubhouse.”
The Yankee’s are said to be pursuing veteran short stops Jose Reyes, from the cross-town Mets, and 2011 World Series MVP Jimmy Rollins Phillies, who many feel is expendable in trade due to the emergence of IF Jason Donald. Rumors are already swarming that the Sox are discussing packaging utility man Jed Lowrie with prospects to add an outfielder after JD Drew was not resigned this winter.
Contributions from Peter Gammons and Jayson Stark were used in this report.