Derek Jeter has endured an injury-plagued season and will turn 40 during the 2014 campaign.
And yet, writes ESPN Insider Buster Olney (Insider link), Jeter appears to have significant leverage on the Yankees in regards to his contract.
Jeter has a $9.5 million player option for 2014 -- or he can take a $3.5 million buyout and try to get a multiyear deal. But why would he try to do that?
After all, the last time Jeter was negotiating a contract with the Yankees, it didn’t work out as well as he hoped it would. In fact, there was a lot of acrimony on both ends.
But as Olney points out, they’re likely to be coming off a season in which they just missed the playoffs. Mariano Rivera will retire and Andy Pettitte may join him. Robinson Cano is a free agent and the Yankees are going to have to pay up if they want to keep him. Oh, and the whole A-Rod saga ...
If Jeter did ask for a multiyear deal, maybe the Yankees would have to give it to him.
If you were the Yankees, would you give Jeter a multi-year deal? Let us know in the comments section.