I promise that I'm not going to spend each day writing about Derek Jeter's free agency.
But I keep having thoughts I think are worth exploring.
Here are the teams without a shortstop under contract for 2011.
|AL E||AL C||AL W||NL E||NL C||NL W|
The Giants have all their money going to raises for Lincecum, Cain, DeRosa and Brian Wilson.
As the only lock for non-contention over the next few seasons, the Orioles are an easy 'no.'
The Padres payroll will only be Adrian Gonzalez above league minimum.
The Reds payroll will only go up a few million dollars.
The Tigers are at least a possibility for Jeter, with the payroll space and a lust for veterans. Their need for offense makes them a better fit for an outfielder.
How far would the price for a 36 year old shortstop have to fall before a bubble team finds the money for a superstar? Maybe Hank and Hal are right to play hardball with the Captain?