Derek Jeter can admit it now: He was definitely getting steamed at the New York Yankees.
While Jeter tried to keep talks quiet as the sides negotiated, the Yankees went public with suggestions his increasing age and decreasing numbers should result in a pay cut.
At one point, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the 36-year-old shortstop should explore other options if he was dissatisfied with New York’s offer.
“To hear the organization telling me to go shopping and I just told you I wasn’t going to, oh yeah, if I’m going to be honest with you, I was angry about it,” Jeter said Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., after finalizing his three-year, $51 million deal.
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WIFE WINS ROUND
Frank McCourt lost a critical round in his effort to maintain control of the Dodgers on Tuesday, when a judge invalidated an agreement that would have given him sole control of the storied baseball team.
As Frank McCourt’s attorneys pledged to fight another round in court, Jamie McCourt’s attorneys proclaimed her a co-owner of the team and hinted that she might soon challenge her ex-husband to sell the Dodgers to her and other investors.
David Boies, an attorney for Jamie, said he hoped Frank would agree to a settlement.
“I think the only way he could do that is to sell the Dodgers, either to her or to somebody else,” Boies said.
In court papers, Frank valued the Dodgers at about $800 million; Boies estimates that value at about $1.1 billion, taking into account future broadcast rights and stadium land development.
HAMILTON TO LEFT?
Josh Hamilton’s days as a center fielder for Texas could be numbered.
Rangers manager Ron Washington says he wants Hamilton in left field next season to save wear and tear on the American League MVP.
Hamilton made 107 starts in center field in 2008, with the total dropping to 55 starts in 2009 and 29 last season. Hamilton missed most of the final month for the AL champs after breaking two ribs when he ran into an outfield wall. Hamilton was in center throughout the playoffs and World Series.
Washington said speedy Julio Borbon could take over the spot next year.
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy was released from a hospital Tuesday after mild arrhythmia caused him to collapse shortly after midnight at the baseball winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Free agent infielder Ty Wigginton and the Colorado Rockies have reached agreement on a two-year contract worth $8 million, sources said. Columnist Bill Conlin of The Philadelphia Daily News has won the Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for his work as a baseball writer. Right-hander Dustin Moseley is nearing agreement on a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres, sources said. Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. has reached preliminary agreement on a $675,000, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a source said. The Pittsburgh Pirates, desperate for starting pitching, have reached an agreement with right-hander Kevin Correia on an $8 million, two-year contract, pending a physical. The Pirates also a agreed to a one-year deal with left-hander Scott Olsen, who also must pass a physical.