Jeter: 4000 hits Topic

How likely?    He needs 4 seasons at 174 each.    He's failed to get that many twice in his career(DL trips in both seasons).    2 years left on his deal so he'd have to sign another contract.    American League, DH more.

10/10/2012 3:52 PM
10/10/2012 3:54 PM

Only if ARod can hook him up with some good 'roids

10/10/2012 3:57 PM
I think the record is out of reach.  He'd have to play at least 6 more seasons at the same level he's at now.  I don't see that.    I don't even see him catching Cobb.   But 4000 seems feasible if he's willing to play 5 at a diminished skill level.    He might be able to get it in 4 but that's assuming a lot.
10/10/2012 3:59 PM
I don't think he'll get the at bats to do it. Once he can't play short anymore (now?), where does he go? LF? DH? That's not exactly a "Yankee" caliber bat in LF (but definitely an upgrade over that POS Ibanez) or at DH.
10/10/2012 4:05 PM
Look what happened last time they tried to work out an extension. Jeter will be 40 and demanding $40M because he's almost at 4,000 hits. And the Yankees will say "Buh buy captain!"
10/10/2012 4:25 PM
Yeah.  He sure looks good in that KC uni, doesn't he?   Oh, what?  They did work out a deal despite everyone insisting they wouldn't?

There is value in keeping him around if he can get to 4000.    Same reason A-Rod got the long-term deal.   He was expected to beat Bonds. 

As far as a "Yankee bat", a DH hitting .300 is something they haven't had in awhile.    Did you see how many AB Chavez, Jones and Ibanez got this season?  I won't even mention the guys' names you don't know. 
10/10/2012 4:57 PM
True, Chavez, Jones, and Ibanez got a lot of ABs this year. But that's not the plan going forward is it? If it is, then maybe 41 year old Jeter at DH is a better option. If I'm a Yankee fan, that would scare the **** out of me.
10/10/2012 5:02 PM
10/10/2012 5:07 PM
Dh is designed for the old guy you don't want in the field.   They traded their next DH to Seatlle.   Posada retired.   A-Rod will get some DH AB.   As you can tell over the last few years, the Dunns, Damons and Thomes still have a spot on a team but they're not getting the 4y/63m deal anymore.   Would the Yanks pay Jeter 12m to DH?  I don't think so.  But he may not ask for that much.
10/10/2012 5:09 PM
And, again, it's a moot question if he doesn't get 300+ over the next two years of his current deal.
10/10/2012 5:11 PM
DH is not just a throw away spot at the end of the lineup. It's supposed to be a big bat. And it should be a relatively easy bat to find since the guy can have zero defensive value. It's not where you stick your 40+ former SS to bat .290/.330/.390. That's how you lose.
10/10/2012 5:13 PM
You might want to look up DH stats over the last few years. 

Since the big steroid era, you don't have a lot of .300, 30 homer guys in the game.    Production is production.  If it's in the form of 290/.330/.390, that's what it is.
10/10/2012 5:20 PM
And, for the record, those numbers are 1-2 spot numbers for most teams not throwaway at the end of the line-up.
10/10/2012 5:21 PM
Over the last three years only four qualifying DH's have posted slugging percentages under .400 - Michael Young, Jesus Montero, Hideki Matsui, and Bobby Abreu.

If that's what you want from your Yankee DH...
10/10/2012 5:27 PM
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