Instead of disecting the Terry Collins press conference - which btw I thought went very well - I would like to announce BMF’s Inaugural FEATURED GUEST WRITER:
The Yankees have called Derek Jeter’s bluff and told him if he doesn’t like their offer, he should test the free agent market. If I were the Mets, I would trump the Yankees offer to Jeter and bring him to Queens.
I know everybody just read that statement and threw up in their mouths. I’m not so delusional I think Jeter would solve the Mets pitching problems or even be a massive boost to the lineup. But hear me out.
If the Mets sign Jeter:
1 - It would solve the team’s 2B problem by moving Jose Reyes over there. Hello Jeter, goodbye Luis Castillo. Anybody have a problem with that exchange?
2 - It would solve the franchise’s credibility issues. Jeter is the face of baseball. Signing him away from the Yankees would make the Mets a team taken seriously by other free agents. Right now, the Mets are a laughingstock.
3 - It would help with locker room chemistry. He’s a captain for a reason. Guys wouldn’t pull the crap they’ve pulled in previous years with Jeter around. Want Reyes to play hard all the time? Jeter would help with that.
4 - It would help the new GM and manager. Bringing in a winner makes everybody look good and gives them some breathing room because people can’t say the team didn’t sign a high profile free agent.
5 - It would put more butts in the seats. We all know tickets aren’t selling with the collapses and outright disasters the past few years. Jeter would bring thousands more in the stands which would help the team economically.
6 - The Mets would own the back pages of the tabloids. Heck, they would own the front pages. In an offseason where it’s likely the Yankees will sign Cliff Lee, this move would resonate more with NYers and baseball fans around the country. If the Mets can’t beat them on the field, why not beat them in the media.
7 - George Steinbrenner would roll over in his grave.
The worst thing that could happen if the Mets tried to do this is the Yankees would overpay EVEN MORE for their captain. That’s a win in itself.
Of course, Mets management never does the right thing, so this won’t happen. But I would do it in a heartbeat!