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Hal Steinbrenner: “It will take as long as it takes”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 18, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

On his way out of the Orlando’s Waldorf Astoria this morning, Hal Steinbrenner shed no new light on the Yankees ongoing talks with Derek Jeter or any other free agent.

“I would like be relaxing Christmas Eve,” he said. “But it will take as long as it takes. The important thing is we don’t make it personal because we have a lot of respect for one another, and we keep talking. That’s the deal. We have to keep talking. And we will.”

In the past 24 to 48 hours, a handful of reports have surfaced that suggest the Yankees are very close to making their initial offer to Jeter’s camp, and that the thing most dividing the two sides might be years, not money.

Steinbrenner refused to comment beyond saying he’s happy with the “tenor” of these negotiations.

“This is a business negotiation,” he said. “None of us want to make it personal, because it’s not personal. Both sides have a lot of respect for one another. My family has a lot of respect for Derek, and I believe it’s a mutual thing. It’s been a good history. We’re going to do our best to keep it by the book.”

There is nothing new to report, Steinbrenner said, on Mariano Rivera, who has certainly taken a back seat to Jeter in terms of public curiosity.

“These are two great Yankees,” Steinbrenner said. “We realize that. It makes it a bit different, but as I said two days ago, the process is still the same.”

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61 Responses to “Hal Steinbrenner: “It will take as long as it takes””

  1. Bret The Hitman November 18th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    If 3 years 45 is the initial offer and Jeter wants at least 4 years, I see 4 years, 56 million as the compromise.

  2. Bret The Hitman November 18th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Ken_Rosenthal

    #BlueJays showing strong interest in J. Upton. Were unspecified team mentioned previously. Update soon on FOXSports.com. #Diamondbacks #MLB
    5 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

  3. Bret The Hitman November 18th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Ken_Rosenthal

    #Mariners not ruling out run for J. Upton. Could build package around RHP Pineda. #Diamondbacks #MLB
    23 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

  4. Bret The Hitman November 18th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    SI_JonHeyman

    #dbacks getting a few hits on reynolds. oakland wants a 3B, but he has a no-trade to a’s.
    15 minutes ago via web

  5. Bret The Hitman November 18th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    SI_JonHeyman

    #twins seem very interested in retaining pavano, who was great for them. hes said to want “lilly money.” ($33 mil, 3 yrs)
    3 minutes ago via web

  6. Dee November 18th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Ken_Rosenthal

    #BlueJays showing strong interest in J. Upton. Were unspecified team mentioned previously. Update soon on FOXSports.com. #Diamondbacks #MLB

    I mean, as long as it’s not the Red Sox, but really…an AL East team? Really? Of course. They have all these hitters, shouldn’t they focus on some pitching?

    And for Jeter…3 years is incredibly reasonable. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go to 4, but that’s not too big of a deal. Anything more than 4 is just ridiculous.

  7. Erin November 18th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I think I predicted a few weeks ago he’d sign the week after Thanksgiving. I would be perfectly happy to be wrong if it’s earlier though. :)

  8. Mell November 18th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    “#BlueJays showing strong interest in J. Upton. Were unspecified team mentioned previously. Update soon on FOXSports.com. #Diamondbacks #MLB”

    Drabek, Snider, and Stewart?

  9. RayVT November 18th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    The Yankees aren?t going to pay Jeter 1 nickel more than he is worth to them! What you & I think doesn?t matter! The Yankee team, logo, Icon, marketing is worth Billions! Last time I checked, it didn?t cost me a dime that I didn?t agree to pay them for what I wanted!

    Signing Jeter, Pettite & Mo has no bearing on what they will do with the rest of the roster. They may not like paying extra dollars, & who does, but it isn?t going to change their gameplan!

    **re-post**

  10. MorningPerson November 18th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Big Al -

    What did you mean by “It’s PM now?”

  11. clownthrowindown November 18th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Recipe for disaster…4 years from now…Jeter, Arod, Teixeira, Sabathia and Lee…sucking up $130M of payroll and not worth anywhere near their paychecks.

    Figure Cano gets his $20M and that leaves $70M or so for the entire rest of the team!

  12. LGY November 18th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Now I am not saying I am advocating this. Just putting it out there as a point of discussion.

    If the Yankees could trade a Huges led package for Justin Upton and then flip Granderson for Gavin Floyd.

    Upton Gardner Swish OF
    CC Lee Floyd Andy AJ rotation.

    Would you do it?

  13. blake November 18th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    The Jays definitly have the pieces to make a deal if they wanted to.

  14. Bret The Hitman November 18th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Ken_Rosenthal

    New Upton story: http://bit.ly/cArJvt #BlueJays #RedSox #Diamondbacks #Yankees #MLB
    1 minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

    The Blue Jays, a team deep in high-end pitching prospects, have expressed strong interest in trading for Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton, major-league sources say.

    The Jays, after winning 85 games and finishing fourth in the highly competitive AL East last season, are showing a renewed aggressiveness this offseason.

    The Red Sox, thought to be a possible front-runner in the Upton trade discussions, are now on the “backburner,” sources say.

    Roughly half the major-league clubs have expressed interest in Upton. The Diamondbacks are making it clear to potential suitors that they intend to “win” any Upton trade.

    An official from one interested club said the D-Backs want four top prospects for Upton. The Yankees, among other teams, are balking at that price.

  15. upstate kate November 18th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    MP
    I think Big Al meant that it isn’t morning anymore :)
    so perhaps you need to be “afternoon person”

  16. Mell November 18th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    LGY:

    Think I’d rather have Hughes/Granderson.

  17. pat November 18th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    MLB Commish Bud Selig confirms league came ‘very close’ to $7 billion in total industry revenue this year.

  18. BIG AL November 18th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    The Blue Jays will be a team to keep an eye on. They have some very good young pitchers, and a ton of hitting.

    I believe next season will be between the Yankees and Blue Jays for 1st place in the AL east, with Boston 3rd.

  19. upstate kate November 18th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    LGY
    I wouldn’t trade Hughes for anyone

  20. Wave Your Hat November 18th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    “Think I’d rather have Hughes/Granderson.”

    Than Upton/Floyd? Mell, I thought you had more sense than that.

  21. blake November 18th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    LGY,

    The devil would be in the details on that….Hughes plus what else and Granderson plus what else. That would lead to a strong 2011 team but it may hurt the future significantly depending on the other players involved.

  22. clownthrowindown November 18th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Ray VT…its the “Yankees”, not the “Jeters”. And spending an extra $5M a year and/or paying for a useless fourth year DOES effect what they can do. Geez…its not like they have unlimited payroll. That’s a fantasy.

  23. BIG AL November 18th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    MP -

    Just being silly, that now that it’s PM we have to go to being PM person, not trying to be rude.

  24. stuart a November 18th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    yep jeter deserves 4 years and $60 mill. because at 275 BA with 10 dingers, 60 rbi’s and poor defensive range he is a bargain!!!!!!!!!!Also with reduced base stealing prowess also.

    his performance warrants $6 mill per year. the guy is 36, I love how everyone does not mind significantly overpaying all the time using the steinny’s money. I forgot derek jeter is the only guy who can perform like he was 24 wehn he is 38, my bad……..

    yep arods deal is a significant overpay but that does not mean they need to continuosly do stupid things like that and the fat stupid steinny did that deal…

  25. blake November 18th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Jeter could always say…..well you’re paying AJ 82 million :(

  26. stuart a November 18th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    jeter had a horrible year btw all.

    he is scutaro with less errors but less range.

    that is the present jeter who should hit 8th or 9th this year not 1st or 2nd….

    the yanks owe jeter nothing. he has been a great player and great guy and has been paid appropriately for that………

  27. CompassRosy November 18th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    #Mariners not ruling out run for J. Upton. Could build package around RHP Pineda. #Diamondbacks #MLB
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    hmmmm…

    I know the M’s need offense in the WORST way (since they were THE worst) but not sure how I feel about this (even though it’s only a rumor). I’m really a pitching and defense gal so I’d prefer they find their bats w/o having to give up pitching … especially for someone who just might turn out to be pretty special like Pineda….

    Speaking of pitching…
    Even though the votes were tallied weeks ago (and my opinion makes no never mind) one last cheer for Felix…

    http://tinyurl.com/23u4u5j

  28. Patrick from CT November 18th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Jeter is going to get more than 3/45.
    My guess is something like 3/21 or 4/18.9.
    They gave Posada a 4 year deal at 36 to be the catcher.
    They will give Jeter a 4 year deal at 36.
    Jeter will be the every day SS next year and in 2012 if he is healthy. After that he will become an overpaid utility guy.
    Mo gets a 2 year deal with a raise for sure.

  29. BIG AL November 18th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Talk about anyting, but please put all this Jeter talk to bed, it makes no sense beating this subject to death, it is what he and the Yankees decide it it is, learn to live with it.

  30. West Coast Yankee Fan November 18th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Ryan Expects Yanks To Outbid Rangers For Lee
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [November 18 at 11:49am CST]

    Nolan Ryan told Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal that he expects the Yankees to outbid the Rangers for Cliff Lee (Twitter link). The Rangers will try to sell the appeal of Texas to Lee, an Arkansas native, but they don’t have the same spending power as the Yankees.

    - MLBTR

  31. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes November 18th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Wave Your Hat,

    Sorry I didn’t reply in the last thread, got busy at work.

    I don’t see Cashman trading Hughes for anyone unless its a premier pitcher like Felix Hernandez or someone of that young ilk.

    You don’t rationalize dealing Hughes for Upton because/if we sign Lee and Pettitte. Pettitte is about ready to throw in the towel after maybe one more year. Lee would pair with CC atop our rotation, but we have no idea what to expect from Burnett, and we’ve only seen a handful of starts from Nova. Too much uncertainty and everyone knows pitching wins.

    Hughes should be a big part of our rotation for years to come. Dealing him for a COF would not be a smart move on any level. JMO

    I think Upton is solid and will be much better than BJ. BUT, our OF is pretty well set as it is.

  32. hardwired7 November 18th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Kyle Drabek is a great chip.

    Toronto also shrewdly flipped Miguel Olivo into 2nd rounder in the next draft (on top of the compensation picks they’ll get for Downs, Frasor, et. al.)

    they’ll be able to trade some of their better prospects and re-stock, if they choose.

  33. Mell November 18th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Wave:

    I don’t think of Floyd as anything special. He’s still pretty young, but there isn’t much evidence to suggest he’ll be anything more than what he is right now. Doesn’t wow you with stuff. Not a big strikeout guy and generally pretty hittable. A #3 on his greatest days. A #4 on his normal ones. I think Hughes stands a chance to be a #1/#2 type pitcher.

  34. BIG AL November 18th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    The Mad Prince in Pinstripes November 18th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    ******************************************

    Agreed, and also, no one is even talking about the fact Upton has had shoulder problems 2 years in a row. Does anyone want another Pavano? Let another club take that risk, I’ll keep our OF, thank you.

  35. Chip November 18th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    LGY November 18th, 2010 at 12:38 pm
    Now I am not saying I am advocating this. Just putting it out there as a point of discussion.

    If the Yankees could trade a Huges led package for Justin Upton and then flip Granderson for Gavin Floyd.

    Upton Gardner Swish OF
    CC Lee Floyd Andy AJ rotation.

    Would you do it?
    ——————————-

    No for one reason:

    I’m not sure Justin Upton can play LF under optimal conditions let alone in Yankee Stadium.

    Additionally – I believe that Towers would insist on either Gardner or Swisher going back as part of the trade package.

    I’m also not a huge Gavin Floyd fan.

  36. MorningPerson November 18th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Big Al -

    Oh. Okay. :)

  37. Chip November 18th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I’m sure it has been talked about to death – but according to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff the Yankees will be “extremely agressive” with Carl Crawford if they miss out on Cliff Lee.

    I’m starting to believe that the Yankees intend to be extremely agressive with Carl Crawford regardless of what happens with Cliff Lee.

    The Yankees have coveted Crawford for years – I don’t think they’re going to let one good season from Brett Gardner sway them on what Carl could mean to the lineup.

  38. CB November 18th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    All of these recent statements and leaks out of Texas certainly don’t suggest an organization that believe it has a good chance to sign Lee.

    It very early to be sending out the kind of negative messages they are unless it’s to try to temper expectations that have been previously raised in an inappropriate fashion. There was so much talk by the Rangers about how they would pursue Lee. Lots of backtracking right now.

    It’s also funny how Jon Daniels has been completely eclipsed in Texas by Ryan despite the fact that it was Daniels – not Ryan – who assembled that club. Not an ideal situation for Daniels down in Texas.

  39. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes November 18th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Big AL/Chip,

    I think we’re in agreement here.

    I just don’t view Upton as a dramatic improvement in our OF. Yes, he is young, and yes, he is a 5 tool player, but he did take something of a downturn last season and I forgot about his shoulder issues (although I have no clue how serious they’ve been).

    Trading Hughes for Floyd makes zero sense. What has Floyd shown you over his career that Hughes hasn’t? Hughes is younger, cheaper, and WILL be better.

    Why is everyone so quick to include Hughes in trade scenarios? This guy was great last year and don’t blame the postseason on him…the whole Yankee train derailed, especially the offense.

  40. CB November 18th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    “I’m not sure Justin Upton can play LF under optimal conditions let alone in Yankee Stadium.”

    I’d have questions about whether he could play CF. There’s no question he could play LF, even a very large LF. He has terrific range.

  41. Bret The Hitman November 18th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Chip November 18th, 2010 at 1:01 pm
    I’m sure it has been talked about to death – but according to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff the Yankees will be “extremely agressive” with Carl Crawford if they miss out on Cliff Lee.

    I’m starting to believe that the Yankees intend to be extremely agressive with Carl Crawford regardless of what happens with Cliff Lee.

    The Yankees have coveted Crawford for years – I don’t think they’re going to let one good season from Brett Gardner sway them on what Carl could mean to the lineup.

    *********

    Most definitely agree. They’ll look to move Swisher’s contract and slash Jeter’s to reduce the financial impact of signing both, but they’ll sign both regardless.

  42. Dee November 18th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    The Yankees acquired Scott Allen from the Diamondbacks for Juan Miranda, according to a team press release.

  43. Mell November 18th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    John Manuel is saying Juan Miranda is now a D’back.

  44. West Coast Yankee Fan November 18th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Yankees acquire Scott Allen for Juan Miranda.

  45. Chip November 18th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    My question about Texas is how their pitchers are going to respond to this past season’s workload.

    CJ Wilson as a prime example went from pitching an average of 60-70 innings as a reliever to over 220 as a front of the rotation starter.

    Ryan had his guys push the pitchers hard – now we see if it bites him in the rear.

  46. Mike Ri November 18th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    the Miranda Rights !

  47. tyanksfan36 November 18th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    YankeesPR The Yankees have acquired RHP Scott Allen from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for 1B Juan Miranda

  48. blake November 18th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Must be the small player move Cash was working on.

  49. Pat M. November 18th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    CB…….What’s your take on this Upton talk ????

  50. Erin November 18th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    New Post: Yankees trade Juan Miranda to Arizona

    :arrow:

  51. Mell November 18th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Scott Allen is a kid. 19 years old. 11th round pick in ’09. Started 16 games in Low A. 4-4 with a 4.73. Gave up a lot of hits (10.2 per 9), but struck a lot of guys out (9.1 per 9).

  52. Chip November 18th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Allen is an 18-year old low A pitcher

    16 starts, 78IP, 88 hits, 79 Ks, 22 bb, 4.73 ERA

    Essentially the Yankees wanted something before they non-tendered Miranda.

  53. blake November 18th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Texas almost had to spin that they were going to try very hard to keep Lee, they traded one of their better prospects for him and if they can’t retain him then it was still for a rental even though they went to the WS.

  54. GreenBeret7 November 18th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    So, Pavano wants to stay in Minnesota for Lilly money, huh?

    after his time in NY, that’s about right. A dozen lillies are about $60.00

  55. Yankee Trader November 18th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Justin Uptom missed most of September with left shoulder injury due to old labral tear, plus previous years with hip flexor and oblique muscle strains X 2.

    Hit into 20 DP’s 2X more than 2009 and struck out more times-152.

    Yes he’s 23 with about 50 million left on his contract, but I don’t see him with the Yankees, UNLESS, they don’t get Lee. However if that happens, they can make a play for Crawford and shop an outfielder for a pitcher

  56. Yankee Trader November 18th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Gee, I feel so sorry for the Rangers. MLB allows a bankrupt team to trade for and take on the contracts of Guzman, Cantu, Lee, Molina and others, helping them to get to the WS, and now they might not be able to sign Lee.

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