Charm City Scribe : Wooing 37 Year-Old SS WIth Diminished Range Is The Key To O’s Rebuilding

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While some of believe Derek Jeter eventually re-upping with the Yankees is a foregone conclusion — and one that might well reduce The Captain to the World’s Highest Paid Mascot by the 3rd year of the deal—— the Baltimore Sun’s Ron Fritz argues, “what better way to end years of futility than signing one of the all-time great leaders and winners in the sport?”  Indeed, why don’t the Orioles pursue Tom Brady and Michael Jordan while they’re at it? (link swiped from Baseball Think Factory and Repoz)

Sure, he’s 36 and will turn 37 during the 2011 season. But he’s durable, playing at least 150 games the past seven seasons. His batting average fell from .334 to .270 and his home run total dropped by eight to just 10. But he drove in 67 runs and won a Gold Glove. He’s no Cesar Izturis defensively, but he’s solid and his hitting numbers crush those of Izturis.

Jeter also would bring five World Series titles, command respect in the locker room and show a young Orioles team how to play the game. The future Hall of Famer is 74 hits from 3,000. If there is one thing the Orioles do well, it’s milestone ceremonies.

If the Yankees are willing to let Jeter test the free-agency market, then the Orioles should be there with an offer, somewhere in the four-year, $60 million range. Really, whatever it takes. Ask Cal Ripken Jr. to help recruit him. And then, because you have a shortstop who does more than hit singles, you can maybe re-sign Ty Wigginton to play third or first and still be able to spend decent money for another corner infielder.

It would be a PR disaster for the Yankees, it would hurt them on the field and maybe, just maybe, his signing would send a signal to other free agents that Baltimore is a great place to play.

3 responses to “Charm City Scribe : Wooing 37 Year-Old SS WIth Diminished Range Is The Key To O’s Rebuilding”

  1. Rog says:

    This is the part where I usually say “I hope the Yankees get him” but that wouldn’t exactly fit here. Jeter going to a new club in the AL East would screw two teams at once because, while Jete is pretty much washed up, I don’t think that the Yankees will really have a plan B and would probably overpay for whoever is available (via trade, mostly). Baltimore likes old, expensive guys so he’d be perfect there. My question is, why haven’t the Red Sox driven up the price tag yet? I thought Lucchino was smarter than that.

  2. Pete says:

    Baltimore does like old expensive ballplayers but Ron Fritz is an idiot and just trying to grab a headline from the pop up ad infested Baltimore Sun website. Possible but still fantasy land scenario for the O’s in 2011:

    Trade relief pitcher Hernandez to Rays for Bartlett who are hard up for pitching after their whole bullpen rolls out, Angelos opens up his purse and signs free agents Konerko and Beltre and BAM! You got one of the best infields in baseball in Konerko, Roberts, Bartlett and Beltre, keep the outfield as is in Pie, Jones, Markakis and resign Wiggington for utility and resign Urhura as closer….Showalter at the helm…lookout AL EAST….I can see it now….

  3. Rog says:

    Beltre is probably going West, though, and Konerko wont be cheap. I don’t know that Bartlet is on the trading block (but Marco Scutaro probably is).

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