New York Yankees: Thoughts on Derek Jeter's Deal With the Team

Bernadette PasleyContributor IDecember 6, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice against the Texas Rangers in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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So the Jeter deal is complete. Was there any doubt that it wouldn't be? Anyone who thought he would go elsewhere needs to have his or her head examined. Derek Jeter is the face of the New York Yankees. He'll be a Yankee, in one form or another, until the day he dies.

The negotiations were tough. Will they have an effect on his relationship with the team going forward? Probably not. I say all will be forgotten. Jeter's a smart enough guy. I believe he understands the Steinbrenners are running a business.

Now, with the Winter Meetings starting, the Yankees turn their attention to Cliff Lee and, perhaps, Carl Crawford.  They don't need Crawford, and if Cliff Lee wants six years, they don't need him either. Good luck Brian Cashman. Glad you got down the building safely!