Found November 04, 2013 on Lady Loves Pinstripes:
ESPN broke the news a few days ago that the New York Yankees re-signed Captain Derek Jeter for the 2014 season for $12 million. Jeter connects for a hit against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Jeter had a $9.5 million player option for next season already in his current contract, and considering he played in 17-games in 2013 due to a recurring injury to his surgically repaired ankle, the $2.5 million raise must be incentive for something. The rumor that this new deal lowers money counted toward the luxury tax is a farce, as Jeter’s new deal adds to payroll because of how it is calculated. Rumor is the inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner actually mandated the deal himself with the 39-year old shortstop, which is out of the ordinary for him. Contemplating Hal’s penny-pinching approach to his father’s Yankees made me curious about why he would hand a player a raise with so much risk. The easiest argument is that it is Derek Jeter, a walking baseball icon that any team ...
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