In an e-mail message sent in response to a question from ESPNNewYork.com, Close wrote: "The recently reported terms of our contract proposal are simply inaccurate."Wow, so now you have Jeter's agent accusing the Yankees of "leaking information to the media in an attempt to damage Jeter's pristine image." This is getting uglier by the day. Still, with all the ugliness, I'd put it at about a 99.9% chance that Jeter resigns here.
Close was referring to a story in Friday's New York Daily News that reported Jeter had demanded a six-year, $150 million contract -- an average of $25 million a year -- from the Yankees, who have offered him three years at $15 million per.
In a phone conversation Wednesday night with ESPNNewYork.com, Close decried what he and Jeter consider the Yankees' tactic of leaking information to the media in an attempt to damage Jeter's pristine image. Close said both sides had agreed not to negotiate through the media, an agreement he and Jeter believe the Yankees have repeatedly violated.
Close also said there were no further meetings or conversations scheduled and did not anticipate any significant movement in the talks over the holiday weekend.
Friday, November 26, 2010
From Wallace Matthews: