Crunch time for slumping Captain

As Derek Jeter's contract talks near, his geriatric July has to concern Yankees

Updated: July 21, 2010, 11:34 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- How much is a .268 hitter with 14 homers and 78 RBIs worth? What if you throw in that the player is a shortstop and just had 36 candles placed on his birthday cake?

And what would you think if you were told the player probably was going to ask for $20 million-plus per season on his new contract?

The conversation changes, though, when the player is introduced: "The shortstop, No. 2, Derek Jeter, No. 2."

This is the conversation facing the Yankees as Jeter's average ...

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