Yankees To Start Contract Talks With Jeter

The Yankees will start contract talks with Derek Jeter within a day or two, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). The shortstop will sign a lucrative deal, but as ESPN.com's Buster Olney points out, we should not assume that the Yankees "feel obligated to pay Jeter the way that they paid [Alex]  Rodriguez; rather, they are intent on not repeating the mistake of investing huge dollars in an aging player."

That doesn't mean Jeter is going anywhere, however. The Yankees want to keep him around and are willing to pay him more than any other team. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports points out that "Jeter is still Jeter, the Yankees are still the Yankees and no other team will be a factor."

The negotiations could get messy, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post has a suggestion. He says the Yankees should lock Jeter up to a three-year $45MM deal plus a 25-year $75MM contract for Jeter to work in the Yankee organization once his playing days end.


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