Yankees Sign Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Russell Martin
Yankees re-sign shortstop Derek Jeter, their captain, as well as their closer Mariano Rivera. Jeter looks like he will end his career as a Yankee to the jubilation of all Yankee fans everywhere. Jeter became a free agent at the end of the 2010 baseball season. The Yankee organization wanted Jeter back of course but didn’t want to pay “Derek Jeter prices”. The Yankees let Jeter “test the market” pretty much knowing that no other team would bite on the 36 year old shortstop for the type of money Jeter was expecting. On December 4th the Yankees and “Mr. Yankee” Derek Jeter agreed to a 3 year deal for about $51 million which is actually only about $2 million dollars less then his previous yearly salary. Rivera is back as their closer so the Yankees are set their.
They were poised to be a favorite for another postseason push but lost to the Phillies in the Cliff Lee chase. So they signed Russel Martin instead. Really Yankees you miss out on Cliff Lee and sign Russell Martin? That has got to have Yankee fans scratching their heads and questioning the front office.
Phillies Win Out Over Rangers and Yankees in Cliff Lee Chase
The Phillies really? Wow this came from nowhere. Many people thought it was a fight between the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees for Cliff Lee, but out of it seems nowhere Lee signs with the Phillies. CLiff Lee signs a 5 year $120 million dollar contract today, making the Phillies rotation the best in baseball for the 2011 season bar none. Lee will be rejoining the Phillies and make their starting 4 virtually unstoppable.
It looks like the Phillies now have the best rotation in all of baseball with Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels and now Lee.
CLiff Lee Career ERA 3.85
Roy Halladay Career ERA 3.32
Cole Hamels Career ERA 3.53
Roy Oswalt Career ERA 3.18
That is definitely a MAN CERTIFED rotation. The Phillies are definitely favorites in the National League to make the World Series.