Casey Close, the agent for Derek Jeter, says don't believe everything you've been reading in the newspapers.
In an e-mail message sent in response to a question from ESPNNewYork.com, Close wrote: "The recently reported terms of our contract proposal are simply inaccurate."
Close was referring to a story in Friday's New York Daily News that reported Jeter had demanded a six-year, $150 million contract -- an average of $25 million a year -- from the Yankees, who have offered him three years at $15 million per.
Aside from last week describing the Yankees' negotiating tactics as "baffling," Close has been close-mouthed regarding the behind-the-scenes talks between him and Jeter and the Yankees, who are represented by co-owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, GM Brian Cashman and team president Randy Levine.
In a phone conversation Wednesday night with ESPNNewYork.com, Close decried what he and Jeter consider the Yankees' tactic of leaking information to the media in an attempt to damage Jeter's pristine image. Close said both sides had agreed not to negotiate through the media, an agreement he and Jeter believe the Yankees have repeatedly violated.
Close also said there were no further meetings or conversations scheduled and did not anticipate any significant movement in the talks over the holiday weekend.
And in keeping with his end of the bargain with the ballclub, Close refused to provide specifics of what Jeter would consider acceptable terms for his next contract. Jeter's 10-year, $189 million contract, which paid him $21 million for the 2010 season, expired at the end of the World Series.
The Yankees declined to offer Jeter arbitration at Tuesday night's deadline, and Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com, "We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account. We've encouraged him to test the market and see if there's something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That's the way it works."
Once again in Friday night's statement, Close refused to disclose exactly what Jeter wants. Only, by implication, what he doesn't want.