The Yankees camp and Derek Jeter’s camp have each set the stage for lengthy contract negotiations. At the very least, they’ve each prepared the fan base for the fact Jeter won’t be signed by midnight tonight.
It all seems like posturing — both sides making sure they won’t look like the bad guy should this thing go into the 10th round — but it also leaves the door open for public speculation and doubt.
Is there really a chance a deal won’t get done? Are there really other teams that could come into play?
Over at the San Francisco Chronicle, Henry Schulman jump into that very speculation, acknowledging that he fully expects Jeter to re-sign with the Yankees, but also writing that he expects the Giants to pay attention to those negotiations.
Should contract talks go south, Schulman wonders, might Jeter go west? He has some connections to Brian Sabean, the Giants need a shortstop and both sides expect to win next season.
I don’t expect any of this to matter. Ultimately I’m one of, well, everyone, who expects Jeter to be back with the Yankees next season and beyond. But it is interesting to see other markets begin throwing his name in the mix.