Yankees and Casey Close, the agent for free-agent shortstop Derek Jeter, agreed not to disclose their negotiating positions… However, that has changed apparently.
The Yankees, as of a week ago, have offered Jeter three years at $45 million. And now, Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports that it’s thought Jeter’s starting point is six years at $150 million — and that he’s unwilling to budge from the annual value of $25 million.
The Yankees have taken a hard line, saying this is a baseball contract, not a golden parachute, and Jeter is a 36-year-old infielder coming off his worst season. Jeter should also ask for a unicorn and a work chimp to follow him around and feed him snacks and energy drinks, because all of this won’t happen.