A source has told Matthews that Derek Jeter is looking for at least a four-year deal while the Yankees want to give no more than three. They’re willing to pay top dollar, but they don’t want to sign Jeter into his 40s.
This is more or less as expected. Money is the easiest thing to discuss — it’s easy to assign Jeter’s stats to a dollar value — but the years seem to be the most difficult thing to determine. Even if Jeter bounces back from his 2010 season, it’s easy to imagine a significant slide within the next few years.
If Jeter is OK with four years, and the Yankees are OK with three, then the gap isn’t huge. To be honest, four years is kind of what I’ve been expecting.