Let's get this out of the way real quick: Derek Jeter is a future Hall of Famer and should get in on the first ballot with 100 percent of the vote. His overall worth to the Yankees both as a player and as a symbol of the franchise cannot be overstated. That being said, giving an injury-plagued 39-year-old shortstop $12 million for a one-year deal is a bit of a risk. Jeter had a solid season in 2012 when he was healthy, but the likelihood that he'll stay healthy is low. Since the Yankees might be undergoing a rare rebuilding, this could be more of a valedictory gesture to one of their most important players.

Right decision?

Jeter hit only .190 this season in very limited time due to an array of injuries, but he hit .316 in a much healthier 2012 season.


Will Derek Jeter play up to his $12 million contract next season?


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Elite status?

Age isn't kind to any athlete, but Jeter has generally been good at making adjustments to his approach as he gets older.


How many more seasons does Derek Jeter have left as an elite player?


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