Gomez wasn't in the top 5. I looked up the stats, and I still think I'd have a hard time taking Jeter over Gomez, but fine. I'd have a hard time taking Jeter over Pettitte, too, now that you bring him up. There have been very few eras of history in which starting pitching hasn't been harder to come by than hitting, and given that Jeter has never been good and rarely been adequate defensively at SS, I pretty much view him as a pure hitter with limited power but decent speed, at least earlier in his career. He's not as good a leadoff hitter as Rickey or Raines, but a very good option in the 1 or 2 spots, or even 3 if you need him there. Probably the best leadoff hitter in Yankee history. But has he ever provided more value than a top-tier starter? Maybe once you give him the longevity points vs. Gomez he comes out ahead.
Irrelevant. Still not top 5 if I give you Gomez. If you want to argue Jeter over Whitey Ford, be my guest. WAR agrees with you. I don't think logic does, however.