MLB Rumors: Why Derek Jeter Will Not Be With the Yankees Next Season

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2010

MLB Rumors: Why Derek Jeter Will Not Be With the Yankees Next Season

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Derek Jeter #2 and Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees look on from the dugout in Game Six of the ALCS against the Texas Rangers during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arling
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    Derek Jeter has been the face of the Yankees franchise for years now.  He is the captain of the Yankees and it would just seem plain weird with him in another jersey other than the pinstripes.

    Although it may seem weird to picture that for some fans, it's quickly becoming a reality.

    Here are a few reason why Derek Jeter will not be back with the Yankees next season.

Age

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    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.
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    Although he is still one of the best shortstops in the league, Jeter lacks the youthfulness he once had when leading the team to numerous World Series.  

    He is still a great fielder, but that will start to cut off as his career progresses.

    Jeter has been extremely lucky when it comes to avoiding injury, and sometimes your luck just has to expire.

Lack Of Need

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees turns a successful double play over a sliding Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers on a ball hit by Josh Hamilton #32 in the top of the fifth inning of Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010
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    Although he is a great leader and a great shortstop, the Yankees really don't need Jeter to be successful. With their ability to spend as much money as they need to, to have a great baseball team, their need for Jeter becomes less and less.  

    They could easily replace him with a young up-and-coming shortstop who could eventually replace Jeter as the face of the franchise.

Declining Batting Average

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees hits a double in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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    Jeter has started to decline on his batting average.  This season he batted .270, the first time that it has been below .300 since 2004.  

    With his declining bat and his age starting to show, look for the Yankees to get rid of him and go with youth if he doesn't decide to accept their current offer.

Yankees Don't Keep Dead Weight

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on against the Texas Rangers in Game Two of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 16, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/G
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    Although Jeter is still a top-notch defender and a pretty great shortstop all around, the Yankees are not known to keep somebody just to keep them.

    Sure it would be a great story to see Jeter come into the league with the Yankees and go out with them, but it just doesn't seem like that will happen if he doesn't except the current offer on the table right now of what is over 45 million for the next three years.

Greed

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 15:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees gestures against the Texas Rangers in Game One of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 15, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/G
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    Although there was a report of another contract offer being offered this morning by the Yankees to Jeter, It still is probably not what he wants.

    This greed that he is showing by not accepting these offers is completely outrageous.  A team player would take the money, and win a World Series.

    Unfortunately, greed is going to cost the best player of the generation a shot at playing with one team his whole career.

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