The Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox last night 11-6. But what was glaringly obvious was the play of the Captain, shortstop Derek Jeter. Jeter went 1-5 as he continues his year-long slump. Jeter is getting paid roughly $17 or $18 million this year and he has produced a measly .261 with 2 homeruns and 17 RBIs. In my opinion, the Yankees overpaid and thought too much with their heart and not their business mind. I understand his meaning to the Yankees organization, but is his meaning worth $17 million when his production has been steadily declining?
Another example of a player who was declining being overpaid is Yankees catcher Jorge Posada. He's been a good player for the Yankees, but he's been in decline for a while and now the Yankees are stuck with his contract too. Posada can't even catch anymore because of health issues and he hasn't exactly been the best designated hitter either. So, let's recap. The Yankees have a catcher whose body has broken down and a shortstop who doesn't have the same range and is slumping at the plate.
Jeter and Posada are just the newest examples of players who are overpaid because an organization thought more with their feelings than with their business minds. If I was the Yankees, if Jeter wouldn't have accepted my first offer, he could have walked. And in terms of Posada, I would have let him move on so a younger catcher could be brought in. These types of situations happen all the time in sports and it has to stop. When sports franchises do things like this, they set their franchises back ultimately a couple years more. Owners and general managers have to start being smarter and thinking two moves ahead.
I'm not professing that I would be a good general manager, but what I am saying is that being general manager is like a chess game. You have to be two moves ahead, but if you make a one bad move, it could be the end of your job and tenure. General managers, take your emotions out of decisions please. Fans want a winning team and a championship-caliber team, not a team full of sentimental players or lovable losers. Ask the Cubs what the "lovable loser" label ever won them.