Major League Baseball's Hot Stove is many things: a talent bazaar, a public relations theater, a chance to change a team's future. If you're not careful, however, it can be a chance to damage a relationship.
We're referring, of course, to the Yankees and Derek Jeter. At a news conference announcing a three-year, $51 million deal, Jeter said that he was "angry" over the public nature of the negotiations. Jeter is rarely quoted as having a controversial opinion on something, and his image is practically inseparable from that of the Yankees, so this could represent a change in the profitable partnership between New York and its captain. Or, it could be nothing. That's the other thing about the Hot Stove -- you'll never know the effect of a deal until long after pitchers and catchers report.