Other than Alex Rodriguez's $252 million dollar contract he signed with the Texas Rangers, and the $275 million dollar contract he signed with the Yankees, Derek Jeter's $189 million, 10-year contract is the third-biggest contract in franchise history.
No other team would have given Jeter that amount of money, or the number of years the Yankees did. Back in 2001, Jeter signed his contract hitting the free-agent market, but let's not forget what Jeter had accomplished the season before.
The Yankees were celebrating their third consecutive World Series Championship while Jeter became the first player ever to win the All-Star Game MVP award and the World Series MVP Award in the same year. The late George Steinbrenner awarded Jeter for his play on the field, but at that time of his career, his contract was deserved.
Prior to the 2009 World Series Championship, Jeter failed to deliver a championship since defeating the New York Mets in the 2000 Subway Series. There's no denying the Yankees had more talent on the 2009 team than they ever had before, but Jeter failed to put the team on his shoulders and deliver a championship to the city of New York before last season.
We have seen players carry their respective team before, but we never saw it from Jeter when he was given the opportunity.
During the 2002 playoffs, although the San Francisco Giants found themselves on the losing end of the World Series to the Anaheim Angels, Barry Bonds carried his team to the World Series, belting eight home runs, recording 26 intentional walks, a 1.599 OPS, a .356 batting average and 16 RBI.
And although the Houston Astros fell one game short of reaching the 2004 World Series, during the postseason, Carlton Beltran tied Bonds' single postseason record with eight home runs and a postseason performance for the ages,
But since Jeter signed his 10-year contract, there have been no Bonds or Beltran postseason-like performances. For seven years, there were no World Series Championships, and if it weren't for the immortal Alex Rodriguez and his postseason performance, the Yankees still might be seeking their 27th World Series Championship.
The Boss took care of his superstar when the time was right, but now, as Steinbrenner is looking down from the heavens above, we can only sit and wonder if he would have offered Jeter the contract Jeter thinks he deserves.
Jeter certainly doesn't need the money, and while we thought he had everything, he's missing one thing—a new contract.