UPDATE: Jack Curry of YES Network has the contract details. He reports that Jeter’s deal is worth $51 million guaranteed over three years. Interestingly, the deal includes a player option for a fourth year worth $8 million where he would have the chance to earn an additional $9 million in performance-based incentives.
And so, if Jeter exercises the player option, he will be guaranteed $56 million. The $51 million total mentioned above includes a $3 million buyout in the event that Jeter declines the option.
4:34 PM: We’re right back where we expected to be.
While negotiations went a little rockier than we originally thought they would, the Yankees have finally agreed to a new three-year contract with Derek Jeter, according to Jack Curry of YES Network. Jon Heyman of SI.com hears the same.
Jeter will make between $15-17 million per season and the fourth year option will not be guaranteed. The contract is pending a physical.
And so, the Yankees did give in a little bit from their original offer, but not by much. Good for them. I’m already waiting for a columnist to say that Jeter took a paycut before the winter meetings in order to help the team make room on the payroll for Cliff Lee and/or Carl Crawford. He’s a real team guy, don’t you know? Ah well, whatever it takes to keep his iconic status intact. Jeter is right back where he belongs and all the negative stuff we’ve read over the past couple of weeks will be forgotten by spring training. It was a fun ride, though.
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.