The agent for Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter touted his client’s value to the franchise on Wednesday, as the two sides prepare for negotiations that managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has acknowledged “could get messy.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has reached out to Casey Close, Jeter’s long-time representative, but a pact is not expected to be reached swiftly.
“While it is not our intent to negotiate the terms of Derek’s free-agent contract in a public forum, we do agree with Hal’s and Brian’s recent comments that this contract is about business and winning championships,” Close told AOL FanHouse.
“Clearly, baseball is a business, and Derek’s impact on the sport’s most valuable franchise cannot be overstated. Moreover, no athlete embodies the spirit of a champion more than Derek Jeter.”
Jeter, who turns 37 in June, just completed a 10-year, $189 million deal with the club. He is 74 hits shy of becoming the first Yankees player to reach the 3,000 hit milestone.
— Bryan Hoch