The Yankees have no real reason to up their three-year, $45 million offer to veteran shortstop Derek Jeter. He’s 36 years old, a poor defender and batted just .270/.340/.370 this year over 663 at-bats.
But it sounds like they might sweeten the deal just to put an end to all of the noise.
A source told Jon Heyman of SI.com that the Yanks “appear willing to enhance” their offer to Jeter, possibly to three years and $50 million.
Jeter is hoping for an annual salary of about $23 million over four or five years, but he should really be flattered if the Yanks indeed add a whole $5 million to the package. No team would match that. Heck, no team is going to match the Bombers’ original offer.
Agent Casey Close can celebrate a small victory if Heyman’s source is correct. And an agreement, hopefully, will be reached by the end of next week.