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The Market For Derek Jeter

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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
Rays Twins Rangers Phillies Reds Giants
Yankees White Sox A's Braves Cardinals Padres
Red Sox Tigers Angels Marlins Brewers Rockies
Blue Jays Indians Mariners Mets Astros Dodgers
Orioles Royals Nationals Cubs Diamondbacks
Pirates

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?