The Yankees must decide Tuesday whether to offer arbitration to their six Type A or B free agents, and industry sources believe they are all but certain to extend such offers to Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, all three of whom are Type A.We'll have our answers on this later in the day.
While there doesn't seem to be much risk with Pettitte or Rivera, offering arbitration to Jeter would be intriguing. Jeter could accept and, with a one-year deal, use 2011 to prove that this past season's numbers were the exception and not the rule.
By offering arbitration, the Yankees would guarantee themselves two draft picks should Jeter sign elsewhere, though it could also serve as a deterrent for any club considering a run at him.
It's not unprecedented for a future Hall of Famer to accept arbitration in his free-agent year, as Greg Maddux did with the Braves after the 2002 season.