Yankees

Yankees to Jeter: Our Offer is Firm

| by Off The Record

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has always come off as extremely intelligent to us. He’s level-headed, says the right things, doesn’t get himself into any trouble. So, pardon us if the notion that he wants to make some $23-$24 million per year on his next contract, comes off as though he’s Looney Tunes.

He’ll be 37-years old in June and is looking for some five years on a contract. We would love that same contract too, doesn’t mean we’ll get it.

The Yankees originally offered him three years and $45 million. That is a very generous offer that no other team in MLB would ever offer him. He should understand that. And maybe he does. Maybe he’s just posturing in the hopes of squeezing the Yankees for a couple more pennies.

Well, good luck with that. A source with knowledge of the negotiations tells ESPNNewYork.com that the Yankees don’t plan on budging from their original offer. The source says that Jeter and his agent Casey Close need to “drink the reality potion.”

That’s putting it lightly.

GM Brian Cashman recently said that if he doesn’t like their offer, he’s welcome to shop his services.

“We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account,” Cashman said. “We’ve encouraged him to test the market and see if there’s something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That’s the way it works.”

A source told ESPNNewYork.com that his comments weren’t intended as an ultimatum.

Again, Jeter isn’t stupid. He’ll most likely take the Yanks original offer when he sees that they are willing to go much higher than anyone else.