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Today’s Derek Jeter mishegoss is brought to you by the Daily News and the New York Post.

First up, from Anthony McCarron in the News:

Yankee president Randy Levine said Wednesday that Jeter is “allowed to test the market” and that it’s “a different negotiation than 10 years ago,” adding further intrigue to the developing talks with the free-agent shortstop.

While Levine was careful to praise Jeter several times Wednesday, noting that the shortstop is “one of the greatest Yankees ever,” he also kept pointing out that being in pinstripes has benefitted Jeter, too.

“All I can say is we think he’s a great Yankee, we think he’s been a great Yankee and we’ve been great for him and this is the best place for him,” Levine said. “But he’s a free agent and he’s allowed to test the market and do whatever he wants.”

And from Joel Sherman in the Post:

The Yankees are planning to make a contract offer of at least three years to Derek Jeter very soon, perhaps before the end of this week, The Post has learned.

The Yankees had hoped Jeter would make an initial proposal, but now recognize that is not going to occur. So the team has decided it is time to try to move the negotiations forward.

The expectation is the Yankees will offer something in the three-year, $45 million range, which will create some negotiating room to climb toward $57 million to $60 million on a three-year deal or perhaps go to a fourth-year option or a straight fourth year as a way to reach a settlement. Of course, that is assuming Jeter finds that range acceptable.

“The will is there to get it done,” Yankees president Randy Levine said. “And I believe there is a way.”


1 The Mick536   ~  Nov 18, 2010 9:03 am

And so it goes.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 18, 2010 9:39 am

Round and round.

3 Diane Firstman   ~  Nov 18, 2010 9:58 am


will love find a way just give it time ....

4 ms october   ~  Nov 18, 2010 10:12 am

[2] oh shit there you go again
flippin on me

i told myself i was going to stay away from articles on this. i need to do a better job.
it really bothers me that randy levine has any involvement in baseball decisions, well it bothers me that he is even on the yankees payroll, but especially that he gets any say in baseball decisions.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 18, 2010 10:22 am

4) And that he riffs about it in public.

6 ms october   ~  Nov 18, 2010 10:30 am

[5] exactly just shut up and fade into the background.

7 seamus   ~  Nov 18, 2010 11:12 am

Levin'e quotes are pretty much stating the obvious. How is that news?

8 Diane Firstman   ~  Nov 18, 2010 11:40 am

Randy Levine would be qualified to be NYC Schools Chancellor ...

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