NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Yankees have decided to decline arbitration for high-profile free agent Derek Jeter, reports WFAN’s Jon Heyman.
Heyman adds that the Yankees haven’t yet made any firm decisions on arbitration for fellow free agents Mariano Rivera, Kerry Wood or Andy Pettitte.
Tuesday is the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their Type A and Type B free agents. Jeter, Rivera and Pettitte are classified as Type A, while Wood is Type B.
The Yankees would need to offer arbitration to these free agents to ensure they will receive draft pick compensation if Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte or Wood signs with another team.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been outspoken recently regarding the Yankees’ reported 3-year, $45 million offer to Jeter.
“We feel our offer is appropriate and fair,” Cashman told the NY Post. “Our primary focus is his on-the-field performance the last couple of years in conjunction with his age, and we have some concerns in that area that need to be addressed in a multi-year deal going forward.”
Jeter is a free agent for the first time after completing a 10-year contract this season.
- Yankees’ Cashman: Jeter Offer Is Fair; Age A Concern (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Heyman: Yankees Likely To Offer Jeter $45M (newyork.cbslocal.com)