Yanks met with Jeter and Casey Close on Tuesday

Open Thread: Brian Cashman, ninja (or elf)
Waiting for Andy but with what expectations?

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.

Open Thread: Brian Cashman, ninja (or elf)
Waiting for Andy but with what expectations?
  • Mr Moss

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

    • mike c

      to watch richard simmons dvd’s obv

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      To check up on the ramps at his house

      • Mattchu12

        This is never going to get old.

    • I Voted 4 Kodos

      Cody Ransom = mud

    • Esteban

      Wait is Derek Jeter Cody Ransom or Tony Womack?

      Oh I get it, Cody Ransom is Tony Womack on welfare.

  • Granderslam

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

  • Scott

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

    • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

      Too much money, too many years.

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      How about no

      • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

        How about lavender?

    • mike c

      jeter most likely will get 3 or 4 for 20MM per. i suggest accepting it and move on, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to save money next year

  • nsalem

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

      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

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

        • JerseyDutch

          He would have signed them, fired them, and re-hired them by now.

          • CountZero

            George Steinbrenner could sign free agents without even using a pen — he just stared at the contract until it got scared and the signatures appeared.

      • nsalem

        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.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno


        • mike c

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

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            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

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

              • Klemy

                And Alvaro Espinoza.

            • Clint Holzner

              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.

              • Gonzo

                Speaking of… Did anyone know Oscar Azocar died this year? Was there a post on this?

                • nsalem

                  RIP Oscar. A young man, very sad. Unfortunately he is remembered for his 2 BBs in 219 AB’s in his Yankee tenure.

            • nsalem

              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

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

        • EnVy1

          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…

  • mbonzo

    Optimism in the Yankees v. Jeter negotiations.

    • Gonzo

      This is good. I will be happy when this is over.

  • Joe B.

    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

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

      • Joe B.

        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

          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.

  • mbonzo

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

  • bonestock94

    Team option w/ buyout = good

    Player option = bad

  • mustang

    3 years 57 million !!!!

  • Avi
    • Avi

      Click on the second link titled “TOTALLY FAKE CARDS”.
      It’s a pictures of Jeter in all other 29 Uniforms. Yikes

      • mbonzo

        Well that was scary.

  • Rob S.

    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.

  • Hughesus Christo

    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

      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.

  • larryf

    $19M for our #9 batter. Ouch!

    Oh, I forgot. The Captain bats leadoff.

    • mike c

      I can’t wait until jeter hits .300 this year and the witty commentary goes away

  • Jeter Fanatic

    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.

  • mike c

    3/51 sounds good. suck it jeter haters

  • http://yankeesseeds.wordpress.com dennis

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