Jeter has not yet made decision about player option


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.

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  • Dr

    Hopefully the cap’n subscribes to the year to year contract mentality at this point in life…
    Yes, the yankees have a ton of coin and do make money off of him.. But how long does the maximize mentality last?
    Would we all be “content” at this point and not want to maximize every return??
    I’d like to think I would….

  • RetroRob

    Jeter one year at $9.5M or two years at $15M?

    What he may be thinking is he he opts out they automatically have to pay him $4M, and then he may want a new deal –even a one-year deal –for $7 or 8M so his total take is $11 or $12M.

    • yooboo

      3M. If it becomes clear that he won’t be our SS next year, he has to opt out. I can see that, too.

      • yooboo

        It would be a different story if he moved to 2B and Cano signed with NL team.

      • http://twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

        has to? why?

      • Cliff

        Would any other team even give him a job? Maybe some terrible team like the Marlins just for the publicity?

  • Darren

    If I was Casey Close (Jeter’s agent), I would insist on a two year extension for the health of my client. You obviously can’t trust the Yankees to do the right thing by Jeter (hey! let’s call up our 39 year old SS coming off a major leg injury in the middle of the night to play a game at noon on no sleep! That’s not shortsighted at all!)
    And Jeter’s iron will will NEVER let him take himself off the field.

    An extension will act as a signal that they want him to take his time recovering correctly and show they believe he’s gonna be the SS for the next few years. In all likilihood, they’ll be getting a bargain, just like with the 10 year deal, and just like with the 3 year deal, even WITH the lost 2013.

    Cashman should make the deal now while he still has the leverage. By the time January rolls around and Jeter’s hitting and moving better than ever, that window will be closed.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Asking for an extension after missing practically the entire season due to complication related to an injury suffered at the end of the previous season would be a pretty dick move for Jeter. Not buying it.

      Two-year extension, although he’ll be paid the second year to sit watching games with you. :)

      • Darren

        A small part of me wants Jeter to ask for an extension, get denied, not exercise his player option, sign with the Cubs, hit .400 and bury the Yanks in the WS.

        The rest of me wants him to exercise the option, hit .400, win the WS with a granny in the bottom of the 9th, get a 5 year extension, win 5 rings with Robbie (and ARod!), pass Pete Rose, become player/manager, hire Torre as his bench coach, Mo as pitching coach, Cone as bullpen coach (hehe), and Jorge and Tino as co-hitting coaches.

        Or at least play 120 games next year and hit .300. That would be awesome.

        • JGYank

          No, No, No. You got it all wrong. Mo has to be the pen coach, Pettitte the pitching coach, and Jorge has to be the catching instructor or maybe bench coach.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          There’s only one outcome I want, and that’s a triumphant, healthy return next season, a retirement announcement early in the season, and a Mo-sized goodbye. All I want is healthy and looking good. I don’t need .400. I don’t need his best season ever. After retirement? I want to see the Core Four standing in the middle of Yankee Stadium for the biggest celebration ever, followed by plaques in Monument Park….maybe the first-ever group plaque?

          That’s all I want. I never want to see him wear another uniform. I also don’t want to see him around for longer than he has to be.

          • Darren

            If Jeter comes back healthy and productive next spring, I don’t see him retiring for a second. Probably will look for two years plus 1 after the season. He loves to play, why would he give it up at 40?

            • Captain

              because as much as we all love Jeter, theres no proof that he can be an above average SS anymore at 39 or 40. with the glove definitely not, the bat will still be there though. the issue is that he is never giving up the SS position until he retires so it’ll hurt the team on defense.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Is it me, or does it seem as if Jurickson Profar is available. Would Nova be enough ? Not that we can afford less pitching. Who’d balk at that deal, NYY or Rangers ?

    • yooboo

      Both would in different way.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think the Rangers would just stare at the phone in disbelief.

      • Shittyshittybangbang

        Dude, which way ? Disbelief – wow, what a steal, or FU NY, and the D train that bought you here.

    • RetroRob

      Cashman wouldn’t even be able to complete the second syllable in Nova’s name before the Rangers’ GM ended the call.

  • Frank

    If DJ wants to take an extension of 2/10 in lieu of his option…sure, but otherwise…no dice. They can’t afford to have him on the roster, with the expectation of playing everyday, after this coming year. It will only hurt the team and he should know that. He won’t be able to be a full time SS, and DH’ing him is wasting the DH spot…which is why I completely disagree with passing on a guy like Jose Abreu. We’re likely losing granderson and arod for next year (ARod potentially forevery) and getting Tex back…broken wrist and all. So, there is a HUGE need for power in this lineup both now and in the future. Saving the DH spot for a 41 year old former superstar is not what I would call a good baseball decision.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      Using their limited resources to address more pressing, much harder to fill roles than DH is a good baseball decision.

      If their was no $189M plan AND ARod was going to miss all of next year, then aggressively pursuing Abreu might make some sense.
      As it stands now, DH should be well down on their list of priorities. C, 3B, SS, 2B, probably RF, #1 starter, #2 starter, and maybe closer should all be higher priorities than a long-term DH.
      Signing Abreu would likely just force Jeter to full time SS anyways (also not a good baseball decision).

      • http://twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

        I’ll buy either a #1 or #2, I have a hard time believing CC has regressed all the way to a #3 starter.

  • JGYank

    I’m predicting the Reds win the WC game tonight. Cueto will be solid and lead them to a win. Already am 1/1 by picking the Rays last night.

    • http://twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

      welp…you’ll always have that 1 of 1.

      • JGYank

        Dang… I was really feeling a monster game by Cueto and Phillips. Oh well. Pirates need a postseason win after 20 years anyway.

  • Tom K

    There could be one incentive for Jeter to turn down the option – an incentive that helps the Yankees.

    Can the Yankees negotiate with Jeter to turn down the option, then resign him at the same number for 2014? Wouldn’t that have less of a payroll tax burden? In exchange for this, the Yankees may have to tack on another player option for 2015, but if the goal is to get the payroll number down, it may be worth it to them.