According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Yankees will begin to negotiate with free agents Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera in the next day or two. He also insinuated that they will waste no time in talking with free agent pitcher Cliff Lee as soon as they are allowed to this Sunday.
Nobody really knows exactly what will happen in the respective negotiations, but we do have some hints.
Some people seem to think that Jeter will ask for a six-year deal. Joel Sherman of the NY Post suggested that they offer him something that will pay him past his playing days. Hal Steinbrenner did warn that things could get messy.
Rivera apparently wants a two-year deal which for a typical 41-year-old is a deal breaker, but Mo seems ageless. He’s coming off his third straight season with an ERA under 2.00.
With Lee, it has been suggested that the Yankees won’t be bidding as aggressively for Lee as they did with CC Sabathia two years ago. That said, their entire offseason seems to rest on him. In the end they’ll pay whatever they have to.