Found August 20, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Despite the injury plagued season, Derek Jeter might be in a position of strength this offseason.  He has a player option for next season, but he could opt out of his contract with the New York Yankees and become free agent.  That is not a likely proposition, but considering the Yankees will have to pay him either way, there is a chance Jeter could work that into a multi-year deal to finish out his career. Buster Olney of ESPN (Insider article) says Jeter will be owed $8 million if he stays with the club next season.  Otherwise, the Yankees will owe him $3 million if he opts out.  Jeter could use that leverage to restructure a deal that guarantees him a couple more years in New York to help him end his career as a Yankee.  Such a deal is likely despite the injury because New York needs a good Jeter story after all the negativity surrounding Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees should jump a the opportunity to lock their captain up for the final few years of his career considering what he has meant to the organization.  Jeter is clearly not the same player he once was.  This season, he's only been able to play in five games.  However, he is a symbol of what was once right in New York.  He will likely be able to return next season at 100 percent, and he could give the Yankees a couple more good years.  And if he does, he and Mariano Rivera will have etched their legacy into the history books of New York Yankees lore.  Spending an entire career with one team is difficult.  Doing it with the ever-demanding Yankees is damn near impossible. Jeter has done just that, though.  He has put together a Hall of Fame career and will go down as one of the greatest shortstops in baseball history.  When this offseason rolls around, expect the Yankees to be more than willing to renegotiate his deal.  Unlike the last time the two sides worked out a contract, when the Yankees almost let Jeter walk, this will likely be a far more harmonious extension. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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