Jeter signs $12 million deal for 2014

The Sports NetworkNovember 1, 2013 

Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has signed a one-year, $12 million contract for the 2014 season.

The Yankees announced the deal on Friday for Jeter, who had an option remaining on the contract he signed prior to the 2011 season.

Jeter appeared in just 17 games during an injury-filled 2013 campaign. He was trying to come back from a fractured left ankle he sustained during the 2012 American League Championship Series against Detroit and again injured the ankle during spring training.

The 39-year-old veteran didn't make his season debut until July 11 against Kansas City, then suffered a quad strain later in the game that kept him out another two weeks. After returning on July 28, a calf strain sidelined him for most of August and he was finally shut down in early September because of the numerous ailments.

In the aftermath, Jeter called it a frustrating season. He batted only .190 with a home run and seven runs batted in.

Jeter was coming off a brilliant 2012 season that featured 216 hits, a .316 batting average and 15 homers in a career-high-tying 159 games. He is a career .312 hitter in 2,602 games over 19 big league seasons and is ninth on baseball's all-time hits list with 3,316.

The 13-time All-Star will be the remaining player from the "Core Four," the group that helped the Yankees to five World Series titles since 1996. Jorge Posada retired following the 2011 season, while pitchers Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera called it quits after the just-completed 2013 campaign.

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