As the never-ending battle of Derek Jeter rumors continues, George King of the New York Post refutes a report Sunday that the Yankees had added $5 million to their offer for the free-agent shortstop, indicating the team is holding tight to its initial figures of three years at $45 million.
King doesn't specify the source of the "extra $5 million" story, but presumably he's referring to a report by Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated. If that's the case, in fairness to Heyman, King is mischaracterizing, or at least oversimplifying, what Heyman wrote. He wrote that the Yankees "appear willing to enhance" the offer, not that they already have, and the $50 million number is just speculation.
The Yankees' other top priority is landing pitcher Cliff Lee, and King quotes an industry source saying Lee is looking for $23 million a year for six seasons. That would equal the average annual value of the biggest contract ever given a pitcher, though it would be a year shorter than CC Sabathia's deal.
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