The New York Yankees have announced a new one-year, $12 million contract for 39-year-old shortstop Derek Jeter. Jeter had a one-year, $9.5 million player-option that he had a chance to pick-up or decline, but this is a better deal for him.
Jeter only played in 17 games for the Yankees this season after making his season debut in July, coming off of off-season ankle surgery. He spent time on the disabled list on four separate occasions. Jeter called 2013 a “nightmare”, as he batted .190/.288/.254 in just 17 games after pacing the majors with 216 hits in 2012.
Signing this deal, Jeter and the Yankees were able to avoid a public battle over his contract just as they did in 2010, when Jeter began dangling the possibility of testing the open market, rather then signing a team-friendly deal just to stay in the Bronx.
Even though they now have him locked up for next season, the Yankees don’t even know if they will be able to count on Jeter being able to play shortstop on a daily basis for ...