Not only are the Yankees close to signing Mariano Rivera to a two-year deal, negotiations with Derek Jeter seemed to take a step forward yesterday. The Yankees increased their offer to Jeter and agent Casey Close lowered his asking price. Here are the latest updates on Jeter and the Yankees:
- "Significant progress" has been made between Jeter and the club over the last two days, tweets Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
- The Yankees are still waiting to hear Jeter's response to their most recent proposal, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter).
- The Yankees are hesitant to add a guaranteed fourth year, though they are willing to offer Jeter more than $15MM per season, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com. If the Yankees do add a fourth year, it would likely be an option triggered by performance.