Sources: Yankees, Jeter Reach Contract Agreement

 NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter is keeping his pinstripes, just like everyone expected all along.

The iconic shortstop and the New York Yankees reached a preliminary agreement Saturday on a $51 million, three-year contract with an $8 million player option for 2014, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

While negotiations moved slowly, there was little doubt that the Yankees captain would remain in the Bronx. Beloved by fans and respected by his peers, Jeter wants to be a Yankee for his entire career in the mold of Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

The guaranteed portion of the contract includes a $3 million buyout if the option is declined. If it is exercised, Jeter would earn $56 million over four seasons.

The player option can escalate up to $17 million. The amount depends on a points system. He earns points based on if he finishes anywhere among top six in AL MVP voting and if he wins World Series MVP, league championship series MVP, Gold Glove or Silver Slugger awards. If he earns the maximum, he would get $65 million over the four years.

Jeter has finished in the top six in the MVP voting four times, placing second in 2006. He won the World Series MVP award in 2000 and has five Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers.

There is deferred money included, which for the purposes of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement and the luxury tax brings its average annual value to about $16 million annually, just above the $15,775,000 average in the 10-year deal agreed to this week by Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki.

Coming off a $189 million, 10-year contract, Jeter initially had been offered a $45 million, three-year deal. After a Nov. 8 meeting, talks came to a standstill as the sides expressed frustration with each other. But talks resumed Tuesday with a meeting in Tampa, Fla., and the sides negotiated over the rest of the week until they reached the agreement.

New York has a roster filled with veteran players, many in their 30s with high-paying long-term deals topped by the record $275 million, 10-year contract running through 2017 for 35-year-old third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Unlike A-Rod, who admitted using steroids before his time with the Yankees, Jeter has been a model citizen since coming up to the Yankees in 1995 and winning the AL Rookie of the Year award the following season. He helped lead the team to World Series titles in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009, setting a standard admired and envied throughout baseball.

Jeter’s 2010 season made the contract situation more complicated. Despite winning his second consecutive Gold Glove and becoming the oldest AL shortstop to win the award, he showed less range. And he declined at the plate to a .270 average with 10 homers, down from a .334 average and 18 homers the previous season. While his RBIs increased by one to 67, his on-base percentage fell from .406 to .340 and his slugging average dropped from .465 to .370.

New York also has been working to finalize a $30 million, two-year agreement with closer Mariano Rivera, which also contains deferred money. The Yankees also are awaiting a decision by left-hander Andy Pettitte, who told the team he was leaning toward retirement.

After settling with Jeter and Rivera, the Yankees will next turn their attention to the pursuit of left-hander Cliff Lee. Negotiations for the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner, who is wanted back by the Texas Rangers, figure to intensify when the winter meetings start Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • dabooch

    Derek came in seventh in the Yankee Derby, behind Hal, Hank, A Rod, CC, Tex, and Burnit. There is also a inquiry according to track official Cashman; a stallion named General Lee will push Derek down another notch. Joe Manure even got more money from the small market Twins.

  • dabooch

    No ML suitors wanted to pony up Yankee type money and it turned out Derek was trespassing bareback around the Steinbrenner Track. Instead of being on a stallion, Derek was riding a donkey named Casey 2 Close.

  • dabooch

    Way off the mark, the Steinbrenner brothers will now pocket Derek’s money and thoroughly enjoy his chestnuts roasting by an open fire this holiday season.

  • dabooch

    Shorted by the Yankee turn styles the iconic Jeter may have to resort to hawking more Fords this holiday season.

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  • Tim B. Neuhaus

    This is great news, both for Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees. It sure is going to be a fun and enjoyable season next year watching Mr. Jeter pursue 3000 hits and watching the New York Yankees pursue another Championship.

  • Golan M.

    As a friend, I can tell you that Derek really does need the money. He became used to a certain lifestyle at a very young age. We are all concerned that if he cannot maintain that lifestyle, he may become depressed. That would be tragic. He owns some of the most amazing & valuable artwork – the idea of him having to sell even a single piece is sickening.

    So I am very glad for my friend that he will be well compensated for the next few years. After that, we will look for other ways to help him sustain his wealth & stature.

    Good job buddy! Say “hi” to Ruettiger & Pisachi next time you see them!

  • whensly

    thank god this “NON STORY” is over, and the sports folks are free to beat another dead horse.

    Maybe they should talk about their own salaries 24/7.

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