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Yankees: Derek Jeter ‘allowed to test the market’

11.18.10 at 7:47 am ET
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Yankees president Randy Levine weighed in on the Derek Jeter negotiations Wednesday, complimenting the shortstop but also noting that he’s benefited from playing with some stellar teams in New York during his career.

“All I can say is we think he’s a great Yankee, we think he’s been a great Yankee and we’ve been great for him and this is the best place for him,” Levine said. “But he’s a free agent and he’s allowed to test the market and do whatever he wants.”

Levine said he expects that general manager Brian Cashman to have further discussions with Jeter, as well as free agent pitcher Cliff Lee, this week.

Levine indicated he understands the intangibles Jeter brings to the team, but the executive made it clear the Yankees have to watch the bottom line. Jeter, coming off a 10-year, $189 million deal, is 36 and just finished the worst season of his career.

“He’s a baseball player,” Levine said. “It’s a player negotiation. Everything he is and who he is gets factored in. But this isn’t a licensing deal or a commercial rights deal. He’s a baseball player.

“But with that said, you can’t take away from who he is. He brings a lot to the organization and we bring a lot to him. … Derek Jeter is a great Yankee, a great player. That said, now is a different negotiation than 10 years ago.”

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