ZiPs: Jeter will be a .289 hitter in 2013

November, 13, 2012
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Well, that is what Dan Szymborski thinks. Using his eerily accurate ZiPs projections, Szymborski has Derek Jeter finishing next year with a .289 average and .338 on-base, which would be pretty good for a guy who will turn 39 next season and is coming off a gruesome ankle injury.

Jeter's play next year will be of great interest because Jeter has a player option for $9.5 million for 2014. (This number may rise depending on how Jeter does in the MVP voting announced later this week.) But a strong season from Jeter will likely result in him opting out of his deal and not taking a substantial pay cut from $17 million. That could become a huge issue as Hal Steinbrenner's $189M-or-bust-by-2014 mandate hangs over all Yankee contracts.

QUESTION: What do you think Jeter will hit next year?
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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