Derek Jeter will miss Robinson Cano, wasn't surprised that he left for Seattle

Derek Jeter understands why Robinson Cano left, since it's the same reason Jeter stayed in New York

12/10/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5230 respect

Feb 19, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (left) and second baseman Robinson Cano (right) laugh during spring training at Steinbrenner Field.  Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY SportsDerek Jeter says that he'll miss Robinson Cano in New York, but he's not surprised that the All-Star second baseman took the money and moved on to the Seattle Mariners.

"I learned a long time ago I'm not going to be surprised by anything. With Robbie, I played with him for nine years. He's the second baseman I've spent the longest time with, so I'm going to miss him a lot. We got pretty close throughout the years, but I understand it's a business. I wish him the best. Everyone knows how I feel about him as a player. I would've liked to have played with him longer, but it's a business and guys move on."

Of course, it makes sense that Jeter isn't surprised. After all, like Jeter said, it's a business. Cano went to Seattle for the same exact reason Jeter has stayed in New York all these years: The money.

There will be a lot of people, particularly Yankees fans, who will tell you that their beloved captain would never leave the Bronx for any amount of money, and that he's a team-first (and Yankees-first) type of player, but there's no evidence whatsoever to back that up. If anything, there's evidence that points to Jeter being as much about the money as anyone else.

Many Yankees fans criticized Cano after learning the news of him signing with Seattle, saying that he's a traitor (sometimes even a 'trader') and saying that his legacy will forever be tarnished by the fact that he won't stay in pinstripes for his whole career.

What these fans fail to realize is that when all is said and done, Robinson Cano will go down as one of the best second basemen of all time, regardless of his laundry. He's already the greatest Yankees second baseman of all time, and had nothing else to prove in the Bronx.

In order for Yankees teams to properly evaluate what Cano did, they need to evaluate what many of the their own players did, when given the chance to decide where they would play. Did they choose a team based on loyalty? Or did they take the contract that offered them the most possible money?

Blog Photo - Derek Jeter will miss Robinson Cano, wasn't surprised that he left for SeattleJorge Posada: Took the money.
Andy Pettitte: Took the money (both in Houston and NY)
Derek Jeter: Took the money.
Jason Giambi: Took the money.
Mike Mussina: Took the money.
Mark Teixeira: Took the money.
C.C. Sabathia: Took the money.
AJ Burnett: Took the money.
Alex Rodriguez: Took the money.
Hiroki Kuroda: Took the money.
Jacoby Ellsbury: Took the money.
Brian McCann: Took the money.
Carlos Beltran: Took the money.

And what did Robinson Cano do? He took the money.

What's the difference between Cano and the rest of those guys? The difference is this: The Yankees decided every time that they had no problem shelling out millions of dollars over market value to secure the services of all of those guys. When the time came to do the same for Cano, they changed their strategy and decided that they no longer were willing to pay a premium for the best second baseman in baseball.

Derek Jeter is the most revered player in recent Yankees history, but does anyone remember what happened when he actually hit free agency? At the end of the 2010 season, he actually spent about the same amount of time in free agency as Cano, taking until December 6 to decide that he'd take the Yankees' EXTREMELY generous offer of 3 years and $51 million.

Why did Jeter accept the Yankees' offer? Was it because he cherished the history, tradition and legacy of the New York Yankees? Nope. Jeter took that offer because it was by far the best offer on the table, and no other team was willing to shell out anywhere near that much for Jeter's services as a mercenary. He tested free agency, realized the Yankees were where the money is, and he stayed for that very reason.

How's that any different than what Cano did? Answer: It's not. Not even a little bit. Jeter and Cano (and everyone else the Yankees signed) did the same exact thing. Except this time, the Yankees weren't the team willing to shell out the cash.

Jeter understands it. Why don't you?
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12/10/13   |   jaysinw   |   4912 respect

Did the Yankees offer Andy anything in 2004 or did they just let him walk. I do not remember Cashman making an offer  so of course Andy would take the money, and for a 34yr pitcher in '06 taking the money had more to do with the team which gave him an option to pitcher for two years instead of signing for one year only. Not a fair comparison to Cano. 

12/10/13   |   jaysinw   |   4912 respect

Oh yes I forgot to mention Cliff Lee. The Yankees offered more money and still he signed with the Philles. There are other things players consider besides money when signing these contracts, I know it is hard to see what is in the mind of these players. 

12/10/13   |   jaysinw   |   4912 respect

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks made a “strong, under-the-radar push” to sign Beltran, offering him more then three years and $45 million. Carlos Beltran was offered more money by another team and still signed with the Yankees. So it is not always which team will pay the most, or we can just deny that the D-backs really made an offer of more money.

12/10/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Pat wrote:
It's just not done because the Yankees are always the team with the highest offer on the table. In this instance, they weren't. If another team was willing to pay Jeter significantly more than the Yankees in 2010, he would have bolted too.

I know that. That's just the Yankee fan mentality of it all.

12/10/13   |   Pat   |   5230 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Cano left the Yankees for a team Yankees fans consider what one of their farm teams (in that it's another team in MLB other than the Red Sox). That's just not done unless you're old and are going "back home."

It's just not done because the Yankees are always the team with the highest offer on the table. In this instance, they weren't. If another team was willing to pay Jeter significantly more than the Yankees in 2010, he would have bolted too.

12/10/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Cano left the Yankees for a team Yankees fans consider what one of their farm teams (in that it's another team in MLB other than the Red Sox). That's just not done unless you're old and are going "back home."

12/10/13   |   Jess   |   34491 respect

He also loves Felix  heart (I don't know, I'm just guessing)