But more to the point, Jeter—like Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman—has nowhere else to go. Sure, he could try to negotiate with other teams, but there likely aren't riches waiting for him outside of the Bronx. One baseball insider says that on the open market a generic 36-turning-37 middle infielder with Jeter's offensive skill set might demand something like a three-year, $18 million deal. Jeter has been making at least $20 million in each of the last four years. Jeter is a proud player, and he undoubtedly believes that he has another renaissance left in him. But the only team likely to bet big on a Jeter renaissance is ... the Yankees. They know it. And he knows it.
How much longer will Jeter play shortstop? How much longer will he be at the top of the lineup? How much longer will he be a 150-game-a-year player? The Yankees may have harsh answers. And in the end, Derek Jeter may find himself having to take whatever the Yankees offer. In the end, time always wins.
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