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.
Everyone and their mother knows that Hal wants to keep the team’s payroll below $189 million next season, so every penny counts so why the raise for Jeter? Continue reading ‘Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner’s genuine reason for giving Jeter a raise’ »