"I'm really hoping we will see the Derek Jeter we have always seen" (Quote Courtesy of ESPN.com)
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,
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.