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Agent: Jeter’s Value Can’t Be ‘Overstated’

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NEW YORK (WFAN) — Derek Jeter’s agent has fired back at Hal Steinbrenner, just one day after the Yankees’ co-owner discussed the shortstop’s contract situation with Mike Francesa.

“He’s one of the greatest Yankees in history; no doubt about it,” Steinbrenner told WFAN’s Francesa Tuesday. “But at the same time, I’m running a business. I have responsibilities.”

“I want to get a deal done that he’s happy with, but also that I’m happy with.”

Casey Close, Jeter’s agent, responded through AOL’s Fanhouse.

“Clearly, baseball is a business, and Derek’s impact on the sport’s most valuable franchise cannot be overstated. Moreover, no athlete embodies the spirit of a champion more than Derek Jeter,” Close said.

Jeter made $21 million in 2010, the final season of a 10-year, $189 million pact.

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