Update on Captain Mediocre's Marlins.
1. Castro , the meh he got for Stanton reportedly is demanding a trade out of Miami
2. Captain Self Enrichment apparently has clauses in his contract paying him huge multi million bonuses if the Marlins turn a profit. This explains the fire sale of Stanton, Ozuna, Gordon and probably Yelich. I think his plans are to get payroll down far enough that the 50 mill MLB deal puts them over the top, despite attendance of 478 per game and he gets his bonus.
Not in any way defending Jeter - not a former Met, don't care, but for clarity...
1. Castro "demanding" a trade - according to MLB.com, he requested one (as did Yelich & Realmuto by the way)
2. Clauses in a pay structure for hitting metrics are common. Hell, I have one. There are two motivators, the carrot and the stick. However, in Jeter's case, it's not like he is lacking in carrots. His reported possible bonus is $2M in 2018, with future bonuses ranging from $1.1M to $2M.
However, Jeter ain't hurting for pocket change. According to this Forbes article from 2014, Jeter is estimated to have earned "$400 million: Total career earnings, including $130 million from endorsement partners like Nike’s Jordan Brand, Gatorade, Rawlings, Steiner Sports and Movado."
Having said that, we could not have made up a scenario where Jeter looked this bad at his job. (Although I will admit that Stanton really scuttled Jeter's ability to make a good trade there - as was Stanton's contractual right). It seems to me that Jeter went into this with more pride than sense. As if he clearly didn't seem to have anyone helping him with the "spin" or on his return on trades.
Kind of like a guy who buys a million dollar supercar and wrecks it on the way home because he wasn't prepared to handle it.