Neato Torpedo wrote:
Not the same. The contact with Longoria was done shortly after he came up to the majors and was a risk for both sides. He had shown nothing in the MLB so the MLBPA wasn't going to fight over that contract and he was no guarantee to live up to expectations.
It would be great if Jeter would realize that he isn't the player he used to be but I doubt he really believes that. It is always hard for anyone to believe that they have lost a step and aren't the player they used to be. He might realize that he isn't the same guy he was 10 years ago but I bet he still thinks he can be a very productive player. But again not matter what the MLBPA will want him to get the biggest contract he can get.
Chipper's deal might have been different as well. There have been a number of players that have reworked deals so that the team can sign another player. This might mean they are deferring it for more years or something else but rarely means the players is going to lose money. He might have but even then I am sure the MLBPA has something to say about it.