That’s the question Sam was asked in an interview with Pinstripe Alley.
PA: If you could only re-sign one of Jeter and Mo, who would it be?
Sam: Wow – tough question. I guess I’d say Rivera, but only because I think it’s more likely he’d end up accepting a contract that didn’t have the potential to be difficult to handle on the back end. I’m just not sure what Derek Jeter at 40-plus years old is going to look like, and I have a feeling Jeter’s going to want a deal that will take him into that neighborhood. With Rivera, I’m confident he’ll still be good for two or three more years (which is likely to be the length of his next deal); can I say the same for the length of Jeter’s next six seasons or so? I guess I could, but I have a lot less certainty about it. Ultimately, if I had to choose between the two of these guys I’d probably just tell Hank Steinbrenner that he had to make the call.
It’s pretty much an impossible-to-answer question. My initial reaction is to go the opposite way and choose Jeter over Rivera, but Sam makes a good point. There’s not a right or wrong answer here — and I doubt this becomes an either/or situation — but I thought it might make for a solid Monday night discussion.
• Here’s the Fangraphs, statistical take on the Chan Ho Park signing.
• The Yankees have re-signed minor league C/1B Brian Baisley. He’s been a .299 hitter in the lower levels of the minors.
• Feel free to read about how awesome Stephen Strasburg is, and when you get to the bottom of the story, you’ll read about former Yankees right-hander Tyler Clippard getting a hole-in-one during a recent golf outing. (thanks to Kevin for the link)
• I can’t help feeling bad for Khalil Greene, who won’t be reporting to Rangers camp.