In a published interview he did with ESPN's Rick Reilly, Jeter said he told Reilly he could see himself playing for another franchise the way Peyton Manning left the Indianapolis Colts to play for the Denver Broncos, if the Yankees decided that they didn't want him anymore.
"You understand what the reference is: Peyton had no choice, so if he's going to continue to play, he's got to go somewhere else," Jeter said. "I think it's comical that we're talking about it after I've told you guys time and time again that I can't picture myself playing anywhere else. Have fun with it. It seems pretty obvious though, when you're talking about that situation, what I'm talking about," Jeter said. "It's a business. There's two sides to a business. That's what the reference was."
Jeter signed in 2010 a $51 million 3-year deal with a player option for the 2014 season. That signing became very public with words going back and forth between Jeter's agent and the Yankees. Jeter wasn't happy with the way things were handled and he made that known after he resigned. Jeter thought the negotiations should have been kept private and this comment now is being perceived as a knock at the Yankees.
The Captain has been staunch in his stance that he has always only wanted to be a Yankee and end his career in Pinstripes. When the deal in 2010 was consummated Jeter was coming off a .270 average that year and it looked as if his career was in decline.
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News,speaking on WCBS radio's Daily News 5th during tonights's game said Jeter mentioned the Q&A he did with Reilly was misleading.
Derek is having a great season and at 38 years old is breaking all kinds of records at the position of shortstop for his age with every game. If he has another year like this one next year his option year will be very interesting.
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