Jeter's agent, Casey Close, made his statements Wednesday in response to the public posturing by the Yankees. Tuesday on 1050 ESPN New York, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said that the team wants Jeter back, but the team is running a business and negotiations could get "messy."I still completely expect Jeter to return, but this story certainly has taken a turn in a direction I don't think many Yankees fans were expecting.
"While it is not our intent to negotiate the terms of Derek's free-agent contract in a public forum," Close told AOL FanHouse, "we do agree with Hal's and Brian [Cashman, the GM]'s recent comments that this contract is about business and winning championships. Clearly, baseball is a business, and Derek's impact on the sport's most valuable franchise cannot be overstated. Moreover, no athlete embodies the spirit of a champion more than Derek Jeter."