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Heyman: No Arbitration For Jeter, Yankees

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.

pixy Heyman: No Arbitration For Jeter, Yankees

    The Yankees have made an offer that would make Jeter the highest paid shortstop in baseball and the 3rd highest paid player his age or older (Suzuki will make 18m and Helton makes 15.something mil). He would be making for then Hanley Ramirez or Chase Utley, and 3 times as much as Troy Tulowitzki, a 25 year old who batted .315/27/95 last year. I love Derek Jeter as much as anybody. I am 26 years old and he is my Mickey Mantle, but fair is fair. If his name wasn’t Derek Jeter, his market value based on his age and playing ability alone, both offensively and defensively, (Anybody who thinks he was the best defensive shortstop in the AL can’t be serious) is around 7 to 10m a year. 15m is already paying for what he’s done and who he is. I am sure the Yankees would be willing to offer a bit more money (maybe 16-17.5 max), for for Jeter and his agent to be reportedly asking for 20m+, and more importantly 5-6 years, is quite frankly absurd.

  • Nate Masur

    To Cashman: he had arguably his best year 2 years ago, and this year won the gold glove. So how much have his skills diminished?? Sure, offensively this year was subpar, but can that be the determining factor here? If the Yankees don’t get this done in the “right way”, ticket sales will suffer as will the Yankee aura!

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