Yanks met with Jeter and Casey Close on Tuesday


Via Ken Rosenthal, several Yankee bigwigs met with Derek Jeter and agent Casey Close in Tampa on Tuesday. It’s unclear who actually attended on behalf of the Yanks or if any contract proposals were exchanged, but either way this the first time we’ve heard about the two sides meeting since negotiations started earlier this month. Everything else has been public bickering and whatnot. I really hope the two sides can hammer out a deal soon, simply because it’s inevitable and I think we’re all sick of hearing about this stuff already.

Update by Ben (11:40 p.m.): Apparently, the talks went well tonight. Jon Heyman talks of “new optimism,” and Hank Steinbrenner says he is “confident that Derek will remain with the Yankees, and my brother does, as well.” Heyman’s sources also suggested that the Yanks may go up to $51 million over three years with an option. Once the Giants signed Miguel Tejada and Jeter’s side realized the open market wouldn’t have much to offer, I guess that three-year, $45-million initial proposal from the Yanks suddenly seemed alluring. Still, the Bombers are going to outbid themselves for Jeter if they truly are raising their offer.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League


  1. Mr Moss says:

    Why would the Yankee Bigwigs go to Tampa too meet with Cody Ransom

  2. Granderslam says:

    And the market keeps slimming. He basically has nowhere to go. It’s just a matter of time until his return.

  3. Scott says:

    How about 4 year at 19 million per and a personal services contract (like Clemens’ w/ Houston) to recognize Jeter’s “iconic” status

  4. nsalem says:

    If people were really sick of reading about this, there would be much less written about it. The “Jeter negotiations” seems to be a story with legs. It’s getting it’s fair share of back page coverage in the NTC print media during the football season and to the chagrin of the Mets seemingly more air time their front office transition and new managerial hire on their own flagship station. King George was from the all publicity is good publicity school. He must be smiling about this whole affair.

    • Steve H says:

      He must be smiling about this whole affair.

      But people keep telling me George must be rolling in his grave to see a legend treated so poorly to be offered only 3/$45!

      • Esteban says:

        George Steinbrenner would have signed Jeter, Lee, Crawford, Werth, De La Rosa, and Tulowitzki by now.

      • nsalem says:

        They must be joking or have very short memories. He showed the door to future HOFers Reggie Jackson and Goose Gossage. he fired Billy Martin 5 times, thanked Sparky Lyle for his Cy Young award and first WS ring by signing Gossage. He fired Howser after winning 103 games,discredited and humiliated future HOFer Dave Winfield. He was willing to let Bernie walk after an incredible 1998 season and he didn’t lift a finger to keep Andy in New York, this move many considered the springboard to our mid aught woes. Not to mention his treatment of Buck and Michael who played major role’s in cleaning up the mess he made in the 80′s. There’s also his treatment of the current greatest living Yankee legend Yogi Berra. George was a great man in many ways but loyalty was not always his strongest point. His illness and death has given many a case of temporary amnesia.

        • mike c says:

          there’s no way big stein would let nunez play SS over jeter though

          • Mike Axisa says:

            Why does everyone say “there’s no way this would happen is George was still alive?” You have no idea what would happen. The Yankees have had plenty of crappy players in their regular lineup when he was in charge.

            • Gonzo says:

              Bobby Meachem played SS for George. True story. I lived it.

            • Clint Holzner says:

              Thank you Mike,
              People forget about a lot of the “fillers” the Yankees had in the 80′s and even from ’02-’08 after the Dynasty guys were gone.

            • nsalem says:

              The bad times were a generation ago and there are many here who were not alive to see Steinbrenner’s micro managing ruin a once great team. People also don’t realize that even the 3 most winning teams since 1950.
              contained way below average performances by their own starters. Check out George Strickland and Dave Philley in 1954. Al Martin 2001 and our own wonderful Chad Curtis in 1998.

          • moxie says:

            There is no way that Jeter gets more the $45 million over 3 years from anyone else. He is a pig.

        • EnVy1 says:

          Please let show some respect to the boss. He had his time and he’s resting in peace now. Let’s talk about the Steinbrenner’s of today who’s running the show. Wherever the Boss is right now let’s just thank him for all the joy he brought to us throughout the years. MAY HE REST IN PEACE!!! Let them sort it out. We love JETER as our captain but the YANKEES is not him but bigger than him, maybe bigger than the Steinbrenner’s…

  5. mbonzo says:

    Optimism in the Yankees v. Jeter negotiations.

  6. Joe B. says:

    What does everyone think about a possible 3/48 contract in the wake of the Tulo extension? Since Tulo is making $157.75M over 10 years, an AAV or $16M allows Jeter to still hold onto the “highest-paid SS” thing while staying close to the Yankees’ initial offer.

    Because, seriously, when a top-two SS in the league – in his prime – is making $16M a year AAV, asking for $23M looks absolutely absurd.

    It makes sense to me, which is probably why it won’t happen, but at least I can dream.

    • Gonzo says:

      The latest extension’s AAV is over $19mm. The first extension drags down the AAV over 10 years.

      • Joe B. says:

        Well, right, but I’m trying to look at this through the “What Would Brian Cashman Do?” (TM) lens. The six-year extension is over $19M a year, but the overall contract is just south of $16M AAV.

        I understand that realistically Jeter/Close will want $19.1, but… yeah. I’m trying here.

        • Gonzo says:

          I gotcha. I had to explain to guys at work like 5 times that it was not a 10 year extension, so I guess I am a little sensitive.

  7. mbonzo says:

    I’d take 3/$51 with a 4th year option. Not what I wanted, but its better than Nunez.

  8. bonestock94 says:

    Team option w/ buyout = good

    Player option = bad

  9. mustang says:

    3 years 57 million !!!!

  10. Rob S. says:

    I don’t think it’s fair to characterize this as the Yankees bidding against themselves. They only made one proposal to Jeter and it’s doubtful that they thought that would be the final number. It’s a negotiation so the Yankees make an offer indicating what they think he’s worth. Then Jeter’s camp presumably counters with what they think he’s worth. Then you negotiate and hope you arrive at a number that everyone can live with. I’m sure the Yankees had a number in mind that they were willing to go too which was probably not reflected in their initial offer. It’s like selling a car, you usually ask for more than you really expect to get. You have to leave some room for haggling.

  11. Hughesus Christo says:

    And I once again don’t understand talk of leverage here. Absolutely no one on either side thought a 21 AAV deal was coming from another team. The Yankees risk alienating large portions of their fanbase (MONEY) and having to either run out a terrible AAAA shortstop or trade from a position of weakness for someone else and get fleeced in the process. Miguel Tejada’s 6.5 mil deal does nothing to Jeter’s position, but continues to remove options the Yankees supposedly have elsewhere. If the Yankees attempted to offer “market value” Jeter would be gone in a second and the Steinbrenners would need police protection.

    • Pasqua says:

      I don’t buy the “alienating the fanbase” argument. The Yankees are a mega-industry. They will survive anything, including the departure of Jeter. The only thing that would do serious damage to the team is several seasons of losing, as then the seats wouldn’t be filled as often and the merch wouldn’t be purchased as regularly. If some fans abandon the team because Jeter is gone there will be others to take their place.

  12. larryf says:

    $19M for our #9 batter. Ouch!

    Oh, I forgot. The Captain bats leadoff.

  13. Jeter Fanatic says:

    Every time I hear a story about these “negotiations”, I cringe. Just sign the damn contract Derek. I’ll be glad when this is over.

  14. mike c says:

    3/51 sounds good. suck it jeter haters

  15. dennis says:

    It’s nice how Hank shows up after the horsies are done racing.

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