If the Sox offered Derek four years and $80M, would he take it? Would the Yankees match it? What would a big offer from the Sox do to the negotiations, would an offer be a simple mechanism for the Sox to get the Yankees to outlay more money than they prefer?
It would be, quite obviously, a horrid move for the Sox from a personnel standpoint. So I am not advocating such an offer. But I think the fact that the Sox aren't making offers (at least not publicly leaked offers!) to Jeter indicates, quite clearly, that the idea that the Sox just bid willy-nilly on players to make the Yankees pay more for them (or vice versa) is fan and media induced fantasy. Because if there were ever a time to do it, it would be now.