Jayson Stark is reporting that the Yankees are raising their offer to Derek Jeter. According to Startk’s sources, the Yankees contacted Casey Close today to let him know the offer would be improving. It’s unclear whether the new offer has actually been put on the table.
This is more or less as expected after Tuesday’s meeting between the two sides.
In other minor Yankees news: The Yankees have signed reliever Buddy Carlyle to a minor league deal. Carlyle was in the big leagues with the Braves for a while and spent last year pitching in Japan.
UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.: The Associated Press echoes the Stark report…
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have increased their contract offer to Derek Jeter.
The team informed Jeter’s side of the new offer during a telephone conversation early Thursday, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.
New York opened with a $45 million, three-year offer last month, then awaited a formal proposal from its captain. It was not known whether the new offer improved the value, contract length or both.