Yankees, Derek Jeter Agree To A New One-Year Deal
The New York Yankees have announced a new one-year, $12 million contract for 39-year-old shortstop Derek Jeter. Jeter had a one-year, $9.5 million player-option that he had a chance to pick-up or decline, but this is a better deal for him.
Jeter only played in 17 games for the Yankees this season after making his season debut in July, coming off of off-season ankle surgery. He spent time on the disabled list on four separate occasions. Jeter called 2013 a “nightmare”, as he batted .190/.288/.254 in just 17 games after pacing the majors with 216 hits in 2012.
Signing this deal, Jeter and the Yankees were able to avoid a public battle over his contract just as they did in 2010, when Jeter began dangling the possibility of testing the open market, rather than signing a team-friendly deal just to stay in the Bronx.
Even though they now have him locked up for next season, the Yankees don’t even know if they will be able to count on Jeter being able to play shortstop on a daily basis for the Bombers next season, and with questions already sitting on the left side of the infield with Alex Rodriguez as he continues to fight his 211-game suspension (not to mention the million different lawsuits he currently has going),the Yanks will need to make a decision on whether to bring in another shortstop –preferably someone like Brendan Ryan, who can field the ball very well — or hope the Jeter will be healthy to play, unlike this past season.
Reports from ESPN New York say that Jeter and Hal Steinbrenner struck a deal after the two sides had met. Jeter’s agent finalized the details from there. And in good news for the Yankees, because Jeter is signing for $12M guaranteed, which is less than the league average of $14M, it’ll actually be saving the Yanks money in their pursuit of getting payroll under $189M by the end of 2014.
Gavin Ewbank covers the Yankees for Baseball Hot Corner. Follow him on Twitter, @GavinEwbank2013.