Is it time for Derek Jeter to hang up his cleats?
He has only managed to play in 17 games this season, and even in those games, he was awful. He's hitting .190 with an OPS+ of 50. That means he's FAR below even an average hitter.
Jeter is 39 years old. He's not getting any more durable, talented, faster, or better in any way. In the field, he has been a liability for years, whether or not Yankees fans want to admit it. Now, with him becoming a liability at the plate as well, he's becoming more and more useless as a player and more of a figurehead for an organization sorely lacking strong leadership.
It's time for Derek Jeter to call it a career. Walk off into the sunset with Mariano Rivera at the end of the season, and maybe even take Andy Pettitte along as well.
If Jeter returns to the Yankees next year, it's only going to complicate things for the team, force them to overpay him once again, and create an awkward position for Joe Girardi, who will feel compelled to give Jeter playing time even though the Yankees just acquired defensive wizard Brendan Ryan, who is already a clear upgrade over Jeter.
Don't put the Yankees in that position. Just retire, Derek.