LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - If Derek Jeter harbors any ill feelings toward the Yankees, he'll have a chance to express them today.
The Yankees and Jeter finalized a $51 million, three-year contract they agreed on over the weekend. The Yankees and Jeter will hold a 2:30 p.m. news conference announcing the deal this afternoon at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman are expected to be there. Consistent with his actions when a deal isn't 100 percent complete, though, Cashman played it coy.
"If there's a press conference in Tampa for me to go to, I will be there," he said. "I just don't want to do the pre-press conference."
Jeter agreed to a new three-year contract, with a player option for a fourth year, on Saturday after negotiations that grew contentious at times, to the surprise of many. Jeter, who originally wanted a four- or five-year deal worth about $23 million a season, will get an average of about $16 million a season. He made $21 million last season in the final year of a 10-year, $189-million contract.
Jeter has made a career of saying the right things, but it's fair to wonder if he might allow for any reading between the lines. When asked if he thinks there might be some bitterness, Cashman said, "I don't think there's any issues."
That was all he would address regarding a news conference that, as he spoke Monday afternoon, wasn't official yet.
"If there's a press conference tomorrow, it's a good day," he said. "That means something positive has been accomplished. I look forward to talking about it. It would be one of the major offseason agendas I could put a check mark on. I'm sure all you guys are looking forward to getting past it, too."
Whether Jeter is past it is an intriguing question.