Derek Jeter plays the Babe Ruth card

History is littered with great Yanks who lost at contract time -- including the Bambino

Updated: November 21, 2010, 4:03 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

In some respects, the situation the New York Yankees face with Derek Jeter is unprecedented in their history.

Never has a Yankee of this magnitude faced a free-agency negotiation that promises to be as contentious and potentially disastrous as this one, because all the previous Yankees who compare to Jeter had to toil under the tyranny of the reserve clause.

Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra had zero leverage when ...

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