Jeter: I could play for another team
September, 20, 2012
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive/Getty ImagesDerek Jeter has many Hall of Fame skills, one of which is giving unremarkable non-answers to almost any question.Well, this is pretty interesting. Derek Jeter says he would consider playing for another team.
In a Q&A with ESPN.com's Rick Reilly, Jeter said he would consider going the same route as Peyton Manning, who famously left the Indianapolis Colts for the Denver Broncos this season.
Reilly: Peyton Manning changed teams this season after 14 seasons with one team. Could you see yourself doing that?
Jeter: Well, if I wanted to keep playing, yes. It's a business. People forget that.
Jeter is signed for next year at $17 million, but in 2014 he has a player option at a pay-cut to $8 million. Considering how contentious his last contract negotiations were and how well Jeter, 38, has played this year, he may be willing to play hardball. This, of course, is going on the assumption he has another outstanding season next year. But the Captain may serve up his own "reality potion" -- or at least threaten it -- if given the chance.
With Reilly, Jeter also said he will vote for President Obama. Jeter usually doesn't comment on anything controversial, such as politics.
You can read the rest of Reilly's interview here.