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Yankees Jeter turns a double play over Blue Jays Reyes during their MLB baseball game in Toronto

This isn’t news. Derek Jeter‘s defense has long been a flashpoint. There is no right answer to the “is Derek Jeter a good defender” question but there is a wrong answer: “it won’t matter to the Yankees.”

It will matter to the Yankees. It already matters to the 2014 Yankees.

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MLB: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees

Few players can claim as a trophy case as crowded as Derek Jeter. A sparking 20 year career with the same team, five World Series titles, one of the best shortstops in baseball history.

He’s an iconic player and the author of some of the most iconic moments in recent history. Even if the Derek Jeter mythology outgrew the Derek Jeter reality, his role in baseball history is well deserved.

Here are six of the most iconic Derek Jeter moments from his Hall of Fame career, which draws to a close at the end of the 2014 season.

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Division Series - New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game Two

Derek Jeter is probably the best offensive shortstop in the history of the game. Full stop. You can take your Honus Wagner Dead Ball era nonsense and go tell it on a mountain. Derek Jeter is one of the best shortstops to ever play the game. Full stop.

And now, by announcing his intention to retire at the end of the 2014 season, Derek Jeter begins a farewell tour around the league. One of the best known and, begrudgingly, beloved players in baseball history will walk away from the game at 40.

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UPDATE

It appears the previous reading of the Yankees luxury tax situation as described below is not 100% accurate.

After further digging into baseball’s CBA, it appears the Yankees won’t actually save on their 2014 luxury tax burden. BUT, by choosing to “do right” by their captain and working out a new deal, the Yankees avoid a great back tax burden for the previous years of Jeter’s deal, all of which might have cost the Yankees MORE than the increase in 2014 tax suggest.

Whew. The CBA is a dense document full of perplexing legal jargon, so getting a direct handle on the specific tax due to player options and the like gets very tricky in a hurry.

Either way, the Yankees have money to burn and chose to hand a fistful to Derek Jeter just because they think he’s swell. A good gig if you can get it (putting 20 years of Hall of Fame-level performance under your belt goes a long way in doing so.)

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Last night, the Seattle Mariners gagged away a five-run ninth inning lead. The Mariners built that lead on the strength of a Henry Blanco grand slam. It was the well-travelled catcher’s second grand slam of the season, as he hit one in his first game with Seattle after the Blue Jays cut him loose in June.

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These two tweets are from a series on missives from the Fox Sports reporter and columnist Jon Morosi. Morosi pontificated on the topic of one Brett Lawrie, the fully #dimed third baseman of the Toronto Blue Jays. Lawrie was placed on the disabled list today with an ankle injury suffered sliding into second base on a steal attempt against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

The injury itself seemed quite freakish, though Brett Lawrie’s injury history suggests there are freak injuries and then there are player that suffer injuries at a freakish rate. Is it because of his style of play or something else? Fear not, Doctor Jon Morosi is on the case.

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Atlanta Braves v New York Yankees

The New York Yankees will be without shortstop Derek Jeter until after the All-Star break after a CT scan showed a small crack in his ankle.

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