Heading into the baseball offseason, everyone thought Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees would be able to quickly come to an agreement to keep the game’s highest profile player on the game’s highest profile team. However, it appears as if negotiations are getting more and more heated. The latest rumors out of the New York Daily News indicates that Jeter could be seeking a $150 million deal over six seasons.
If that rumor is true, the Yankees and Jeter are far, far apart. The Yankees are said to be offering a three-year deal worth $15 per season. Jeter apparently wants more years and more money per year.
For Jeter, he may have to shop his services to get a big deal. But can you imagine Jeter meeting with the Boston Red Sox? Neither can I.
The Yankees can afford to lose Jeter on the field. But the Yankees really can’t afford the PR hit of losing Jeter to a rival. He’s the ultimate fan favorite and when you think of the Yankees, the first player your think of is Derek Jeter.
When all is said and done this baseball offseason, expect the two sides to find a middle ground. Neither side really has any other choice.