Don’t expect Carlos Correa’s take on Derek Jeter to be a deal-breaker for Yankees


Carlos Correa’s assertion final week that Yankees legend Derek Jeter “did not deserve” any of his 5 Gold Gloves would not be as controversial if Correa wasn’t one of many hottest free brokers on the market this offseason and would resolve the Yankees’ present shortstop issues. Goodness is aware of, he is not the one one that has mentioned such a factor. 

Correa, 27, gained a Rawlings Platinum Glove this 12 months as the perfect fielder, no matter place, within the American League. He additionally collected a Gold Glove (his first). He racked up 21 defensive runs saved, most in MLB amongst shortstops and 7 greater than runner-up Andrelton Simmons. He’s no slouch within the area.

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In truth, DRS was a giant a part of Correa’s seeming diss of Jeter on an episode of “Me Gustan Los Deportes” (“I Like Sports”), a Facebook Live present hosted by former MLB star Carlos Baerga. Correa used Jeter’s profession numbers to illustrate the purpose that analysis of protection has modified through the years due to the rise of superior stats reminiscent of DRS.

“Derek Jeter. How many Gold Gloves did he win? Five. I think he won five. Derek Jeter did not deserve any of them,” Correa, who has been an admirer of Jeter’s, mentioned in Spanish. “You know how much Derek Jeter’s [DRS was] in his career? Negative 160 [actually, negative 162, per Fangraphs]. In his career. But your eyes can lie to you. Your eyes can lie to you. His fame . . .”

Heard in isolation, that snippet was a shot at “The Captain.” And it got here out throughout a interval when the Yankees can bid on Correa, who reportedly turned down a suggestion just lately of 5 years and $160 million from his previous membership, the Astros.

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Jeter’s fame served him properly over his 20 years with the Bronx Bombers, however it’s not why AL managers and coaches voted him a Gold Glove winner in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010 when he was roaring by means of his 30s. (Critics may say his bounce throws and strong hitting have been why.) He had one constructive DRS determine his complete profession, a plus-3 in 2009. Sabermetrics did not assist to determine fielding awards then, nonetheless; the attention take a look at was nonetheless king.

Jeter handed the take a look at. Correa famous that the eyes can lie.

Jeter’s enduring recognition led some Yankees followers to rush to his protection Monday in opposition to Correa, who’s a sworn enemy in components of New York as a result of he performed for the dishonest Astros in 2017, after they beat the Yankees within the ALCS.

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But different followers — and, most significantly, Yankees administration — know that Correa would be a large improve over Gleyber Torres, Tyler Wade or another inner candidate. Yankees shortstops tied for twenty fifth within the majors this 12 months with minus-14 DRS. Adding a top-notch participant on the place is an offseason precedence.

And Correa is top-notch. He heads a loaded free-agent shortstop class that additionally consists of Corey Seager, Javier Baez, Marcus Semien and Trevor Story. The Yankees will not reject him due to a quote which will have been taken out of context. They would be glad to have him play Jeter’s place — and really pleased if he performs it higher than Jeter did. 

Simon Borg contributed to this report.

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