For the New York Yankees fans who thought that Mariano Rivera may not be the only loss from the core four following the 2013 season, and their beloved shortstop Derek Jeter may also be on his way into the sunset, you can put those fears to rest as the Yankees and Jeter have reached a one-year agreement, meaning the Yankee legend will be back for the 2014 season.
The team announced on Friday afternoon that the deal is for the one-year period and is worth $12 million. Jeter signed a three-year deal right before the 2011 season which just expired, which brought upon the concern about Jeter not returning in the first place.
It was an up-and-down year for not only the Yankees–who did not make the postseason–but for Jeter personally. After suffering a severe ankle injury at the very end of the 2012 campaign, the shortstop underwent extensive rehab before officially returning to the team on July 11.
However, the ailments continued throughout the season and Jeter only played in 17 Major League games this year with a total of 73 plate appearances.
Now, he’ll have the opportunity to heal up completely through this offseason and return to the Bronx to try and lead the Yankees to another postseason run.