To be clear, in no way do I think the New York Yankees and Derek Jeter will part ways. He’s been the face of the franchise for over a decade, free from controversy, and a consistent performer.
The Yankees want and need him back. Only Miguel Tejeda and Orlando Cabrera would be adequate free agent replacements if you ask me. Followed by Jhonny Peralta and Juan Uribe, if they want to get a bit younger at the position.
Derek Jeter wants to be back. Anywhere else in the league, his value is diminished. A lot of Jeter's value is based on those pinstripes, not what he actually does on the field. And without Mark Teixeira at first base, his error total would skyrocket. Added to his age, he'd soon be relegated to DH on another team.
The fans want him back. Enough said!
I don’t think the Yankees would name a new captain if Jeter leaves. But let’s pretend the world ends and Jeter does find another team to play for. Who would take over as a leader and/or captain for the Yankees?