The New York Yankees re-signed Derek Jeter to a one-year deal worth $12 million on Friday.
Rather than testing free agency, the 39-year-old Jeter accepted a $2.5 million pay raise to remain in the Bronx.
Jeter underwent the knife in October 2012 to fix his fractured left ankle.
Although expected to recover in four to five months, Jeter never fully healed from the procedure and played in only 17 games this season.
Missing Hannah Davis’ banging partner, New York went 85-77 and failed to qualify for the playoffs for only the second time in the wild-card era.
Leading MLB with 216 hits in 2012, Jeter’s presence at the plate and in the clubhouse would have dramatically bettered the Bombers.
A 13-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner, Jeter will absolutely rebound in 2014.
The Yankees are a middling squad that is far removed from capturing their 28th World Series championship.
Nevertheless, despite badly needing upgrades all over the diamond, a healthy Jeter will immediately bolster New York’s lineup.
On a side note, trailing “Charlie Hustle” by 940 hits, fans shouldn’t prematurely dismiss Derek Jeter’s pursuit of Pete Rose’s record.by