Derek Jeter receives a standing ovation as he stands at the plate for his first at-bat against the Royals in his 2013 season debut. Credit: Reuters
The Yankees never considered letting captain Derek Jeter walk this offseason, and in fact, they've now decided to give him a raise.
The team announced Friday they had re-signed Jeter to a one-year, $12 million deal for the 2014 season.
New York already held a $8 million team option — with added incentives — on the Yankee legend.
Jeter had a miserable 2013 campaign, as he dealt with injuries all season. He fractured his ankle in the ALCS last season, but had expected to be fully healed and ready to go for Opening Day. Instead, he was beset by setbacks, including a second fracture, which delayed his return until July 11 against Kansas City.
But a strained right quad in that first game back meant a return trip to the bench. He was again in the starting lineup for four games in late July and early August only to injure his calf against the Padres on Aug. 2.
"It's been terrible," said Jeter on Aug. 4 as he sat out due to the calf injury. "It's been like a nightmare. This whole season has been a nightmare."
He made one last comeback starting Aug. 26 in Toronto and played until Sept. 7 when he was shut down for the remainder of the season with a left ankle injury. The left ankle was the same one he fractured twice in the previous offseason.
Jeter finished the season having played in just 17 games. He batted .190 with one home run, seven RBIs and eight runs scored.
The 13-time All Star will be the longest tenured Yankee in franchise history next season, his 20th in the league. Jeter made $17 million in 2013 — the last season of a three-year, $51 million deal.
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