Report: Yankees, Derek Jeter are about $65-75 million apart

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Oh boy, I closed my eyes for about seven hours and the story has already changed! What a surprise.

OK, so it’s just a variation of what was reported by Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times last night, but Anthony McCarron and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News report that Derek Jeter’s camp has proposed a five-year deal worth between $22-24 million per season.

The only offer we have heard from the Yankees’ side of things is three years at $15 million per season. So, to bring things up to date, there’s still about a $65-75 million difference to make up here.

The best part is that McCarron and Madden write that the two sides are “appear to be inching toward a middle ground.” Really? Sounds like the wrong unit of measurement.

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.