Via Dan Martin: Derek Jeter as not yet made a decision about the $9.5M player option in his contract for next season. “I haven’t even thought about it. Our season just ended right now, so I’ve given no thought to the offseason,” said the Cap’n, who has until three days after the end of the World Series to officially exercise or decline the option. Awards-based incentives could increase his salary to $16.5M.
Jeter, 39, went 12-for-63 (48 wRC+) in only 17 games this season while missing time with a series of leg injuries, most notably the fractured left ankle he suffered last October. He has called this season a “nightmare” and I have a really hard time thinking he will decline the option and try to coax the team into giving him a two or (gasp) three-year contract. Jeter has zero leverage at this point.
In other news, Jeter said he is planning to begin offseason workouts relatively soon. He couldn’t work out on his usual schedule last winter because of the ankle injury, so hopefully having a regular offseason will help keep him healthy and productive next summer.