Well, $51 million can salve a lot of discomfort.
But at a press conference Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., the man who has worn pinstripes his entire MLB career, told reporters that the public - and sometimes bitter - negotiations bothered him. “It was an uncomfortable position that I felt was in. It was not an enjoyable experience,” he said.
At one point the Yankees declared that he could accept their offer for $45 million over three years - or shop elsewhere.
Which prompted a Yahoo photoshopped image of the Yankees team captain in a Cincinnati Reds uniform.
But Jeter indicates that it was all posturing by the team and his agent, Casey Close.
"I've said time and time again, I never wanted to go anywhere. I can't stress that enough." Jeter told reporters Tuesday.
Who could blame him? With bonuses and incentives, Jeter could take ultimately take home $65 million.