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Jeter was all smiles as the ink dried on a contact that's going to be difficult for him to justify
Derek Jeter is one of the greatest Yankees of all time. In fact, incredibly enough, he's only 74 hits from becoming the first person to ever record his 3,000th hit in a Yankee uniform.
His value to the Yankee franchise may be perhaps the most difficult to quantify of anyone else in the league.
However, contracts are based on expected production, not on past glory and legacy. With that in mind, the Yankees handing Jeter a $17 million per season deal, on the heels of his worst season by far, is highly suspect.
If any team can afford to overpay someone, it's the Yankees. That doesn't mean, though, that this move made sense from a baseball standpoint.
Not only did Jeter decline drastically last season, despite the Gold Glove award that he's seemingly grandfathered in for, his defensive range is almost non-existent. It's inevitable that a position switch is in his near future, but with Alex Rodriguez at 3B, Robinson Cano at 2B and Mark Teixeira at 1B, there's no apparent solution as to where to put him.
Some suggest the outfield, but realistically, the Yankees could be looking at paying a first-time outfielder, on a serious offensive decline, $17 million a year. That's just a gross misappropriation of funds.
The Yankees will try to justify this deal because Jeter will get his 3,000th hit and may ultimately retire, as a Yankee, when this three-year pact is up.
While that's all well and good, it still doesn't stop Jeter from ranking No. 3 on this list.