ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Jeter has reached the end of his 10-year, $189 million deal, but New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he doesn't think the 36-year-old shortstop is going anywhere.
"I don't see that happening," Cashman said in the losing clubhouse, moments after his Yankees' season ended with a Game 6 loss in the American League Championship Series.
About 20 feet away, Jeter sat at his locker, slouched in a folding chair. He had just completed the worst season of his career. His batting average of .270 was more than 20 points worse than his previous low. He hit just .231 in the ALCS and led off each of the six games with an out.
He wore a gray shirt with his "Jeter" label in Yankees blue. He looked defeated, but he wasn't ready to look forward yet. He wants to be back, but he is not talking about what might happen.
"I'm not thinking about my future," Jeter said.
The Yankees could still prevent Jeter from becoming a free agent, but that is unlikely. They will have exclusive negotiating rights up until five days after the World Series. Cashman said he thought the first order of business was to re-sign manager Joe Girardi.
It is probably unlikely that Jeter and the Yankees will come to a deal before free agency begins. In the end, though, no one expects Jeter to be anywhere but shortstop for the Yankees next season. It will likely be his good buddy Jorge Posada's final season with the Yankees.
For Jeter, the question is how much will he make and for how many years will he be paid. The Yankees already have Alex Rodriguez under contract until 2017. It seems extremely unlikely that Jeter will get a contract that takes him until he is 42, like A-Rod's deal does. Jeter probably will receive no more than four years.
Jeter, though, was not thinking about what he might gain in his next contract. He was more focused on what he and his teammates had lost. He was asked to describe his season.
"It's over," Jeter said. "That's how I would describe it."
He would go on to describe his disappointment in different ways. But the message was always the same.
"When you fall short of your goal, it is not something you get over tomorrow, it takes quite some time," he said.
Jeter has time, but his offseason will be anything but quiet.