Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Derek Jeter Never Wanted to Leave the Yankees Even During Contentious Talks

By Jack Simony

Strategically placed between Yankees Manager Joe Girardi and General Manager Brian Cashman, Derek Jeter told the press today he didn't like the hostile talks between his agent and the team, adding he knew he was never going to negotiate with another club.

“I had never planned on going anywhere, I didn’t want to go to any other teams. I didn’t want to hear from other teams," Jeter said at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Fla.

What did bother the slugger was how the dispute got played out in the press and not behind closed doors, The New York Times reported.

“The negotiations were supposed to be private,” said Jeter, who inked a three-year, $51 million contract with additional options.

- By Jack Simony

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