NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter sat at his locker, cardboard boxes
piled all around a quiet clubhouse.
The New York Yankees are still stowing away their bats and
gloves for the winter Monday, certain that more than just the
equipment will be sent packing.
"I don't know what changes are going to be made," Jeter said.
"I have no clue. You guys can call the Boss and find out.
"We always make additions, subtractions, we do all kinds of
things here. So you learn and you wait until spring training to see
what team you have, but I'm sure we're going to have an opportunity
to win again."
Two days after the favored Bronx Bombers lost the World Series to the
Florida Marlins in six games, players filtered into the
Yankee Stadium clubhouse to clear out their things on a rainy
Meanwhile, manager Joe Torre, GM Brian Cashman and president
Randy Levine were among several officials summoned by owner George
Steinbrenner to the team's training complex in Tampa, Fla., for
"I have nothing to say," Steinbrenner said to a reporter after
leaving the team's minor league complex.
It's the start of what could be a chaotic offseason, with plenty
of decisions to be made about who will stay and who will go.
Bench coach Don Zimmer has already said several times that he won't
be back, citing Steinbrenner as the reason.
"Zim's been saying he was going to quit since '96," Jeter
said, though he acknowledged that this time it may very well happen.
"He's been one of the constants. When you think of Mr. T, his
sidekick is Zim, like Batman and Robin. He's meant a lot."
Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, who has considered retirement
after previous seasons, isn't sure if he wants to return.
"I feel personally abused," he said Sunday, when the first
batch of Yankees showed up to clear out.
Steinbrenner had no comments Monday, spokesman Howard Rubenstein
said when asked if the owner wanted to respond to Zimmer and
David Wells didn't have much to say, either.
Dressed in a jogging suit, he gathered his things and left the
ballpark without speaking to reporters. All that was left in his
locker were three bats, a sock and dangling hangers.
When asked about the back spasms that forced him out of his
start in Game 5 of the World Series after only one inning, all he
said was: "I'm walking."
The Yankees have a $6 million option on Wells' contract for next
season with a $1 million buyout, so the 40-year-old left-hander
might have pitched his final game in pinstripes.
He went 15-7 with a 4.14 ERA this year, and 2-1 with a 2.31 ERA
One of the most attractive players who could be on the free
agent market is New York starter Andy Pettitte.
He won 21 games during the regular season and three more in the
postseason. Experienced and effective under pressure, Pettitte
would leave a big hole in the starting rotation if he signed
And if he chooses to shop around, the 31-year-old left-hander
probably would get a handful of lucrative offers, perhaps driving
the price up for the Yankees.
"I would like to see him back, definitely," Jeter said. "But
once again, it's a business and I'm sure a lot of things are going
to be taken under consideration, not only on the part of our
organization, but on Andy's part as well."
"It was extremely tough mentally and emotionally. I never
really got it going on track," Weaver said. "I like it here. I
like the stage we play on. There's no doubt in my mind that I can
do well here."
Jeter wouldn't divulge much about the sore shoulder and thumb he
played with in the World Series. He doesn't expect to have
"There will probably be things that are checked out," said
Jeter, who dislocated his left shoulder on opening day. "I don't
anticipate anything being done with my shoulder at all besides just
strengthening it in the offseason."
The Yankees' captain took no solace in reaching the World Series.
"You win or you lose, that's it," he said.
But he also mentioned that some people might have overlooked all
the things the Yankees accomplished during a tumultuous season.
"I think there were a lot of negative things surrounding this
team this year, but that comes along with playing here," Jeter