Via the AP:
Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner says contract talks between the team and shortstop Derek Jeter are going well.
Steinbrenner, who was at the general manager’s meetings on Tuesday, said the negotiations are in the initial stages.
Jeter, his agent Casey Close and Yankees officials including Steinbrenner got together last week in Tampa, Fla. There have been additional discussions over the past week.
“We do this every year,” Steinbrenner said. “It’s nothing out of the ordinary. Circumstances are a bit out of the ordinary. We know what we’re dealing with here. We’re dealing with two great Yankees. Nevertheless, the process is the same. We’ll just continue talking to them.”
Before negotiations started both sides warned that things could potentially get ugly, but that doesn’t appear to be the case which is great news. There really is no reason that this has to get ugly. It seems like most of the worry was media driven anyway.
The rumors are that the Yankees are willing to offer Jeter anywhere from $45-$60 million over a three year period. From what it sounds like this is what they are haggling over, but we really don’t know the details. Whatever it is, I expect it to be more money than people are hoping for. Jeter is going to get paid.