The captain of the New York Yankees will be returning for the 2014 season on a new one-year deal worth up to $12 million. The New York Yankees decided to show their appreciation by rewarding him with some extra money for all of his years of dedicated and loyal service to the team.
Jeter had the option to opt out of his final year on the 4-year contract he was previously under and test free agency. Let’s face it, 2013 was not a high note of Derek Jeter’s career. Jeter played in only 17 games this past season while batting .190 in 63 at-bats. Jeter’s season started on the disabled list because of the broken ankle he suffered in the 2012 ALCS.
It has been reported to ESPN New York that Jeter himself and Hal Steinbrenner negotiated the contract. This is a far less extreme then what happened in 2010 during contract discussions between the two sides when GM Brian Cashman tried to play with fire when he told Jeter to see if he could find a better deal than what he was being offered by the Yankees.
Jeter, who turns 40 this June, is seemingly setting himself up for a final goodbye tour this season as we all watched Mariano Rivera have this past season. Jeter is a sure fire first ballot hall of famer and his resume will prove that to be when the time his name comes up to vote. He is a 5 time World Series Champion, 13 time AL All-Star, 5 time Gold Glove Award Winner, New York Yankees leader in career hits and career stolen bases and is the only Yankee, start to finish, to achieve 3,000 hits in pinstripes.
It seems that this is Derek Jeter’s last ride into the sunset and Hal Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees made it a win-win scenario for the organization and the fans.
As Yankee fans and baseball fans alike, #2 at short stop for the New York Yankees has been one of the classiest individuals to ever brace a baseball field and allowing him to retire in pinstripes and finish his career as a Yankee is just fitting!