The point was that Jeter's offense has to be seen in light of the era he played in - which had record offensive numbers. His OPS+ is roughly the same as Ripken's and defensively it's no contest IMO.
Larkin should also at least be in the conversation.
OPS +, Ripken career +112, Jeter +116. Jeter better avg (.311 vs. .276), Ripken way more HR (431 vs. 258).
Career Offensive WAR Jeter 95.2 versus Ripken 77.2. Defense is not even close, Ripken +34.6, Jeter -9.4.
Jeter has been a liability defensively for most of his career. You net those two together and you get 112 to 85 edge for Ripken.
Honus's stats are obviously way better than both....just a historical issue. I think WAR and OPS+ factor against competition at the time. Honus had a +151 OPS+. WAR 123 + 21.3, net +144