Derek Jeter just finished his session with the media and, as expected, a big portion of his nearly 20-minute contract revolved around his contract.
As you'd expect, he doesn't think it will be a distraction, in large part because he doesn't plan to address it the rest of the season.
"I think it's unfair to talk about myself when we're trying to win," Jeter said.
Jeter did break a bit of news, saying that his agent, Casey Close, reached out to the Yankees in the offseason to talk extension but was told that the team would hold firm to its policy of letting current contracts expire.
"That's their stance, I'm fine with it," Jeter said. "I signed a long deal and this is the last year of that deal."
Jeter is in the final year of a 10-year, $189-million contract.
Speaking specifically of the policy, Jeter said: "I don't have a problem with it. The Yankees, that's their policy, that's the new policy that they have. They have every right to do that. I signed a long deal, I'm still under contract with that deal, but they have the right to make any rule they want."
Jeter repeated what he's said many times in his career -- that the Yankee uniform is the only one he wants to wear.
"It’s always been important," Jeter said. "I’ve said that from Day 1, this the only organization I’ve ever wanted to play for, and that’s still true today. I was a Yankee fan growing up, this is where I want to be. I never envisioned myself playing anywhere else and hopefully I don’t have to."
As for how much longer he intends to play, "I want to play as long as I can, as long as I'm having fun, as long as I can be productive."
"I'm going to play as long as I'm having fun," Jeter said later. "As long as I feel I can help this team win, that's the bottom line. I know this organization prides itself on winning and putting a competitive team on the field, and as long as I can help out that's as long as I want to play."