AP: Captain, Yankees Resume Contract Discussions

NEW YORK (AP) — Hank Steinbrenner thinks Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees will agree to a new contract.

“I feel confident that Derek will remain with the Yankees, and my brother does, as well,” New York’s co-chairman said Tuesday night in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

The Yankees resumed negotiations Tuesday with Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, a baseball official familiar with the discussion said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the team and Close didn’t make any announcements.

Neither the official nor Steinbrenner would discuss what took place directly between the sides in the talks.

“I’m not going to get into who’s met who,” Steinbrenner said.

New York had offered Jeter a $45 million, three-year contract at the start of negotiations. Going into Tuesday, the All-Star shortstop had not made a formal proposal.

Ahead of the session with the Yankees, Jeter met with Close to prepare for the resumption of talks, the official said. The sides had not met since Nov. 8.

Before Tuesday, Close had suggested a contract averaging about $23 million for four or five seasons, the baseball official said, but the numbers were suggested loosely by Close and should not be interpreted as a precise request.

“We want to keep him. He’s very important,” Hank Steinbrenner said. “I certainly hope he remains with us and he certainly should.”

Jeter, who turns 37 in June, is coming off a $189 million, 10-year contract, behind only Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million and $252 million, 10-year deals.

Another All-Star shortstop, Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, agreed Tuesday to a new contract that pays him $157.75 million over the next decade. The 26-year-old Tulowitzki had been guaranteed $25.75 million through 2013.

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

Comments (3)
  1. Bill Savarese says:

    The Yankees have got to get a grip on reality. I have been a Yankee fan since 1960.Jeter is the most popular Yankee of all time . His worth to this team goes far and beyond what he does on the field. He has made the Yankees a fortune over the last 15 years. I ALSO FIRMLY BELIEVE LAST YEAR WAS JUST AN OFF YEAR AND HE STILL WON THE Gold Glove and scored 111 runs for ateam that went to the american league championship series. If there was ever a player who deserves anything he asks for in a contract it is Jeter.Go for it Derek and if the yankees won’t give you what you want go to the Mets they would Love to have you .Even if you have to take less you should do that for another team who properly appreciates your talents.

  2. Sal says:

    Jeter should worry less about money (he has plenty of it) and think more about how his legacy will be viewed 50-75-100 years from now.
    Take less money for more years and go for that 4000 hit plateau and then you can rightfully call yourself a legend.

  3. Tim B. Neuhaus says:

    It is only a matter of time when us New York Yankee fans can enjoy the 2011 season watching Mr. Jeter go for his 3000th hit as a New York Yankee, and watching the greatest team go for another Championship, GET-ER-DONE.

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