Report: Jeter wants $23-plus mil a year
Derek Jeter is asking the Yankees for a four or five-year contract worth between $23 million to $24 million a year, The New York Times reported Friday.
Citing “a person in baseball who had been briefed on the matter,” The Times said Jeter's agent, Casey Close, and the Yankees have been in a stalemate for about a week.
Earlier it was reported the Yankees are offering Jeter, their 36-year-old shortstop, captain and franchise icon, a three-year deal for $15 million a year.
The Times' source said there's been little, if any, negotiating in recent days.
Jeter's a free agent, having just completed a 10-year, $189 million contract. He's been a Yankee for all of his 16 major league seasons. He has a .314 career average, has been an All-Star 11 times and has won five Gold Gloves.
However, his offensive numbers took a big dip in 2010, which led many to wonder how the Yankees would approach the offseason negotiations. Jeter hit a career-worst .270 in 2010, a drop of 64 points from 2009 and the only time in his 15 full seasons he's hit below .290.