Yanks President Expects Jeter, Rivera Back

Yankees president Randy Levine was quoted last night on impending free agents Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera:

"We don’t negotiate in public, but I would find it highly, highly unlikely if both of them were not back with the Yankees.  Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are the Yankees."

The comment came from a New York Times session, as reported by Benjamin Kabak of River Ave. Blues.  Kabak notes that despite the pledge to avoid public negotiation, the Yankees may have already reduced their leverage.

Levine and GM Brian Cashman also touched on their approach toward Japanese scouting, the draft, and other topics, so be sure to check out Kabak's summary.


62 Responses to Yanks President Expects Jeter, Rivera Back Leave a Reply

  1. fitz 5 years ago

    Shocking.

  2. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    what an earth shattering deduction. can’t say i saw that coming.

  3. aap212 5 years ago

    Weird to see Randy Levine’s name. Normally he’s just Murray Chass’ unnamed source with the Yankees.

  4. Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

    I cant wait to see what kind of albatross of a contract they give jeter, they cant ( unless jeter takes less ) give him less than arod per year, can they?

    • BentoBox 5 years ago

      Yes they can.

      • Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

        but will they?, hes the ” yankee captain ” and has almost as many HR as
        arod this year, same average also, I dont know i think jeter says he wants
        arod money, and I dont blame him he means every bit as much to that team as
        arod does

        • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

          I’d be shocked.

          • Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

            be shocked if he took less?

          • Guest 5 years ago

            he isn’t getting ARod money. Less, let’s just put it at that.

          • Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

            I’m not saying on a 10 year contract, just on a per season rate, I have a
            VERY hard time seeing him taking less per season than arod

          • Well maybe since you’re a Sox fan you aren’t really in touch with reality when it comes to the Yankees? Jeter isn’t going to make ARod money, in years OR in annual salary. They are two different players, contracts will be signed at different times and at different ages. Jeter can demand whatever he wants but Yanks aren’t going to pay a stupid contract just because it’s him. Besides, one reason Jeter has the reputation he does is that he doesn’t do ridiculous things like try to one-up a teammate salary wise. He’s not going to care how much he makes in relation to ARod. In general teams and players don’t operate that way. They do use other players salaries as benchmarks, precedent etc… but they don’t base how much they want solely on how much one of their teammates make (usually, unless they are selfish). Jeter certainly won’t do that.

          • Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

            I’m not saying on a 10 year contract, just on a per season rate, I have a
            VERY hard time seeing him taking less per season than arod

          • Guest 5 years ago

            he isn’t getting ARod money. Less, let’s just put it at that.

          • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

            If he demanded and received more.

          • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

            If he demanded and received more.

          • Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

            be shocked if he took less?

        • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

          I’d be shocked.

      • Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

        but will they?, hes the ” yankee captain ” and has almost as many HR as
        arod this year, same average also, I dont know i think jeter says he wants
        arod money, and I dont blame him he means every bit as much to that team as
        arod does

      • Guest 5 years ago

        and they will…
        3 year/65m maybe?

      • Guest 5 years ago

        and they will…
        3 year/65m maybe?

    • BentoBox 5 years ago

      Yes they can.

  5. Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

    I cant wait to see what kind of albatross of a contract they give jeter, they cant ( unless jeter takes less ) give him less than arod per year, can they?

  6. ReverendBlack 5 years ago

    It’s a stupid position to take, but it’s always openly been their position.

  7. ReverendBlack 5 years ago

    It’s a stupid position to take, but it’s always openly been their position.

  8. redsandyanksfan 5 years ago

    i say they should do 4 years for 70-80 million, honestly he isnt going to get a-rod money nor is he going to ask for it he wants to stay out of the media not be in the spotlight by demanding arod money he will get his

  9. redsandyanksfan 5 years ago

    i say they should do 4 years for 70-80 million, honestly he isnt going to get a-rod money nor is he going to ask for it he wants to stay out of the media not be in the spotlight by demanding arod money he will get his

  10. scottandwtb 5 years ago

    Red Sox should scoop ’em both up. :)

    • Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

      thats the day I stop watching baseball, lol

      • gigantes2425 5 years ago

        i think i’d lose all respect for jeter like i did with damon when he signed with the yankees.

      • gigantes2425 5 years ago

        i think i’d lose all respect for jeter like i did with damon when he signed with the yankees.

      • rolf, yeah I can understand the feeling but the Sox would probably be a better team with those two, that can’t hurt can it? I’m betting you’d learn to like them soon enough. I had the same problem when the Cubs signed Jim Edmonds a few years ago but eventually that went away and he was just another Cub player.

        • Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

          I dont know man after sooooooooooo many years of heartbreak and hatred, I
          just dont think I could ever root for them

          • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

            I could totally root for Jeter. Hell, I root for Jeter now. Not sure how anyone can hate him.

    • Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

      thats the day I stop watching baseball, lol

  11. scottandwtb 5 years ago

    Red Sox should scoop ’em both up. :)

  12. TwinsVet 5 years ago

    Stories like this are just going to make it ALOT harder for Yankee fans to deal with Jeter playing for Boston next year.

  13. TwinsVet 5 years ago

    Stories like this are just going to make it ALOT harder for Yankee fans to deal with Jeter playing for Boston next year.

  14. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    Yeah, I would suggest 4/$80 mil plus incentives based around hit totals, Yankee records and runs scored lifetime. I honestly think the Yanks would be too embarassed to offer less than $20 mil and Jeter too embarassed to ask for A-Rod money.

  15. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    Yeah, I would suggest 4/$80 mil plus incentives based around hit totals, Yankee records and runs scored lifetime. I honestly think the Yanks would be too embarassed to offer less than $20 mil and Jeter too embarassed to ask for A-Rod money.

  16. $3513744 5 years ago

    $500mil for 10 years minimum

    • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

      Sounds about right. Now what’ll they give Jeter?

      • $3513744 5 years ago

        now i know a lot of people aren’t going to think it’s enough, but i think jeter should be the first billion dollar player. minimal 40 year deal.

    • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

      Sounds about right. Now what’ll they give Jeter?

  17. $3513744 5 years ago

    $500mil for 10 years minimum

  18. Sampsonite168 5 years ago

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Jeter already had a handshake agreement with the Yanks despite what they’re saying about not negotiating until after the season.

  19. Sampsonite168 5 years ago

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Jeter already had a handshake agreement with the Yanks despite what they’re saying about not negotiating until after the season.

  20. Yankees420 5 years ago

    3-4 years at 18-20MM per for Jeter, depending on how long he wants to play, and a 2/25MM deal for Mo. Also, if I’m Cashman, I’d do an under the table agreement that gives Jeter stock in the franchise to make sure he stays a Yankee for life.

  21. Yankees420 5 years ago

    3-4 years at 18-20MM per for Jeter, depending on how long he wants to play, and a 2/25MM deal for Mo. Also, if I’m Cashman, I’d do an under the table agreement that gives Jeter stock in the franchise to make sure he stays a Yankee for life.

  22. ZeroZeroZero 5 years ago

    The Yankees dont need leverage in the cases of Jeter and Rivera. This isnt Johnny Damon we are talking about here. Jeter and Rivera more than earn their keep for the Yankees both on and off the field. They will likely get whatever they want.

    • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

      How does it follow from that that the Yankees don’t need leverage

      • ZeroZeroZero 5 years ago

        If youre not going to argue their worth then having leverage in the negotiation really doesnt matter, does it?

        • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

          If they demand something obscene it does. There is actually an amount even the Yankees won’t pay.

          • ZeroZeroZero 5 years ago

            Anything is possible but I dont think you will see either make an obscene demand nor do I think the Yankees will make an offensively low offer for either of them. I think both sides know where they stand and what they mean to the franchise.

  23. InvalidUserID 5 years ago

    I’d say Jeter gets $18-20M per year. Realistically, two year deal although he’ll command a 4+ year deal and the Yankees WILL give it to him.

    Mo, he deserves whatever the Yankees give him and then some. I saw here that he said he’d accept a one-year deal…best case would be him doing something like Wakefield does year to year although I wouldn’t fret giving Mo a two year deal.

  24. I’m wondering if Rivera is going to ask for something extreme or if he’s going to take his age into account? I doubt players usually negotiate from a negative such as age but the Yanks are going to bring it up, I wonder how willing he’s going to be to accept that and get something appropriate instead of perhaps setting some kind or salary record (again) for a reliever.

    • AmericanMovieFan 5 years ago

      Rivera has mentioned in interviews that he’s willing to do a Pettitte type thing and go year to year for $10-12 million. That seems really fair to either side.

  25. AmericanMovieFan 5 years ago

    I think Jeter will ask for 3 years/$54 million and the Yankees will happily give it to him.

    • AmericanMovieFan 5 years ago

      Because any more than 3 years guaranteed and the contract potentially looks like an albatross. Also, Jeter is a team player. Some people say he waited for A-Rod’s deal, but that’s not really the case. He was THIS close to signing for 7 years/$105 million, if I am correct and then A-Rod’s deal got signed and then suddenly Jeter’s value skyrocketed and the Yankees responded with the 10 year/$189MM offer. It’s not Jeter’s fault. Blame the Rangers.

  26. theyankeefanatic 5 years ago

    the Yankees made a big contract mistake with A-rod…and if they learned from that mistake they will not give out another contract that is far too long paying far more than the players is worth…as crazy as it sounds it might be wiser to let Jeter walk rather than cave in to preasure from his agent or their own feelings in terms of comparing him to Arod…(they let J. Damon walk and he had a better season than Jeter is having) a player is worth what they can produce and what he can get on the open market…he will turn 37 next year so there is risk with injury…he has less foot speed less bat speed his average is down and he is hitting even fewer homeruns…so Jeter is definitely not worth 20 million a year or 3 years…i think the yankees should tell him as soon as the season ends to train for a back up spot as a corner outfielder 1st baseman 2nd baseman and ss…and assure him he’ll get 500 or more at bats as the primary DH and as a utility player…so he can get 3000 hits as a yankee…a one year deal at 15 mill with a club or mutual option is best…if he performs well pick up his option…but they should try to trade for Hanely Ramirez…

  27. Yankees420 5 years ago

    He doesn’t have all of the leverage, just imagine if he actually tests the FA market, which team out there is really going to offer him more than a 1-2 year deal? Jeter is worth more to the Yankees and inversely the Yankees will pay him WAY more than any other MLB team.

  28. Lets_Go_Red_Sox 5 years ago

    lol wow, thats exactly why he has the leverage, the yanks know how valuable
    he is to their team, the fans will be pissed if hes let go, jeter knows
    this, so he can sit back until he gets the $$$ hes looking for, its not like
    it matters the yanks are going to give him whatever he wants anyway

  29. Yankees420 5 years ago

    I do acknowledge the fact that Jeter has more leverage than the Yankees in these upcoming negotiations, I’m just pointing out that he doesn’t have ALL of the leverage because he won’t get anything close to Cashman’s offer from any other team. Plus Jeter has never struck me as the kind of guy to be super greedy, he’ll get paid again, and he’ll be on a perennial contender, what else could he ask for.

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