Judging Jeter, overrated or under?

Updated: March 17, 2008, 11:28 AM ET
By Eric Karabell
I've had Derek Jeter for so long in my oldest league that I think he might have still been in high school when I signed him as a free agent. Or Little League. Or in the womb. I'm not sure. Anyway, I know I've had Jeter in this league since he was a rookie on the Yankees, and since my league charges real money if you keep a player for more than a few years, I'm faced with paying real money.

That's right, I'm talking about paying cash out of my pocket for a player who has helped me enjoy great success in a league, but if I would just deal the guy for someone similar, I wouldn't have to pay a dime. Of course, I've tried. The purpose of this action of paying for players, obviously, is to help force league-wide player movement, and to make it so someone doesn't do what I have done and keep a player his entire career. Really, no matter what the money is, I know the spirit of the rule, and I shouldn't have waited this long.

The problem is, I'm not having much luck moving Jeter, and our keeper deadline is, well, tonight at midnight. I don't think too many people in the league like Jeter, for starters, but also it's a bit of a strategy issue. Everyone knows if I keep Jeter I'd have to throw a good deal of money into the overall pot, the most in the league by far, so why give me fair value? I don't mind paying for players, per se, but I've had Miguel Cabrera for four years and the cost to stick with him in 2008 is akin to paying for a Big Mac meal. Not that I've bought, um, any, recently or would know what they cost. Yes, dear, I'm following my diet. Nothing but salads when in Bristol, promise. My cost for Jeter is a filet mignon, with a side of lobster. And a nice salad. And dessert.