Jeter: I could move on from Yankees, it’s a business

The last time the Yankees and Derek Jeter negotiated his contract, he said afterward that he never considered going anywhere else. Next time around that might not be the case.

In an interview with ESPN’s Rick Reilly, Jeter seemed quite open to the possibility of a new team. Here is the excerpt:

Me: Peyton Manning changed teams this season after 14 seasons with one team. Could you see yourself doing that?

Jeter: Well, if I wanted to keep playing, yes. It’s a business. People forget that.

Jeter backtracked after the interview saying that follow up questions were “comical” and that he couldn’t picture himself playing anywhere else. However, Jeter is very deliberate with his words. He hardly ever says anything he doesn’t mean. On top of that, the interview with Reilly was what Reilly calls Hit or Miss which means that Jeter is welcome to just say, “miss” to any of his questions that he didn’t like. Which he did. Often.

Jeter is having a fine season this year, but the reality is that he’s 38-years-old. He has one more year on his contract and then a player option worth $8 million (with a $3 million buyout). It’s going to be interesting to see what happens if he really wants to extend his career past then, especially if he doesn’t pick up the option. He might decide that it’s just a business and move on.

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2 Responses to Jeter: I could move on from Yankees, it’s a business

  1. Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

    Depending on how he finishes up, he might very well finish Top 6 in MVP voting and get the Silver Slugger adding $3.5M to that option. Then of course their are playoff incentives as well as anything he might be able to do next year pushing that $8M option even higher.

    I don't see anyone paying more than $8M for him in 2014 unless he has an even better 2013 season than he is having this year. He would have to play DH and only some amount of SS appearances.

    Having said all that, I think it entirely possible for the Yankees to come to an agreement whereby Jeter declines the option and they sign a 2 or 3 year deal at $7-8M per, assuming he has at least a pretty decent 2013 season.

  2. Bernard Kane says:

    Jeter signing with another team is a PR disaster. Yeah, his skills may be gone by that time, but remember what happened at the last contract negotiation? Yankee brass got eaten up! It'll be very tricky to ease him out gracefully, if that is what is warranted.