Thirty-nine year old Derek Jeter re-signed with the Yankees on Friday, according to multiple reports. Jeter signed a one-year, $12 million contract that will keep him under Yankee rights through the 2014 season. Jeter had a chance to pick up a player option for $2.5 million less, but the Yankees decided to lock him up for '14 without his decision. He only played in 17 games in the 2013 campaign due to a dislocated ankle suffered in the 2012 ALCS. In those 17 games, Jeter hit .190 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. Jeter had previously never played in below 119 games since his first season in 1995. In seven rehab games, Jeter hit .222 (4-for-18) with 0 HR and 1 RBI. Brian Cashman, the Yankees general manager, said this about Jeter,
"I'm really hoping we will see the Derek Jeter we have always seen" (Quote Courtesy of ESPN.com)
ESPN also expects the Yankees to pick up a quality backup if Jeter has to serve as a DH or cannot play. Jeter and the Yankees expect him to be able to be ready for Opening Day. Jeter now becomes the longest tenured player in Yankee history.