Yankees able to drive the Jeter talks
The first official brushback will be thrown today in the negotiations between the Yankees and Derek Jeter. The Yankees will have to decide whether to offer arbitration to their free agents, and they're expected to do so with Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.
But they won't offer arbitration to Jeter, sources say.
The Yankees' belief is that their current three-year, $45 million offer is fair, and that by offering arbitration to Jeter, they essentially would bail him out after a down year. Jeter might make $22-23 million through arbitration. The Yankees feel that in the past, Jeter has fairly negotiated from his standing in the marketplace -- when he went to arbitration in 1999, when he negotiated a 10-year, $189 million deal in 2001. And now the Yankees feel these talks should reflect Jeter's place in the market; they also believe that no other team would be willing to pay him what they have offered.
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