Jeter connects for a hit against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jeter had a $9.5 million player option for next season already in his current contract, and considering he played in 17-games in 2013 due to a recurring injury to his surgically repaired ankle, the $2.5 million raise must be incentive for something.
The rumor that this new deal lowers money counted toward the luxury tax is a farce, as Jeter’s new deal adds to payroll because of how it is calculated.
Rumor is the inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner actually mandated the deal himself with the 39-year old shortstop, which is out of the ordinary for him.
Contemplating Hal’s penny-pinching approach to his father’s Yankees made me curious about why he would hand a player a raise with so much risk.
The easiest argument is that it is Derek Jeter, a walking baseball icon that any team would be ecstatic to wear their uniform.
But this is the Hal who skimped on a starting catcher last off-season.
The same guy who sent GM Brian Cashman to the 2013 Winter Meetings with zero authority to do anything, which resulted in veteran and proven bench guys Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez to sign elsewhere.
Baseball’s Hot Stove is officially about to start, and with all the question marks the New York Yankees will be headlining the show this off-season.
Red Sox’s fans… To Do List
After having to endure the Boston Red Sox winning the 2013 World Series, Yankee fans are anticipating that inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner will be filling all the team’s holes with legit and costly players instead of other team’s castaways.
The day after the World Series ended, 11 Yankees filed for free agency so technically they are no longer on the team.