The whole idea of a negotiation is that two sides start apart and work toward the middle, but it's starting to look like the Yankees and Derek Jeter started really far apart.
The reported offer the Yankees made to Jeter last week, three years at $45 million, was not the first, according to Ian O'Connor of ESPNNewYork.com. That was a second, upgraded offer after Jeter rejected a three-year deal for less. I don't know at what point you could say the Yankees tried to lowball him -- $15 million a year is considerably more than Jeter would command in the marketplace judged on strictly baseball terms -- but if they came out at three years for say (and this is pure speculation) $35 million, you can see why Jeter and agent Casey Close would have been taken aback. Especially if, as reported, Jeter was thinking more like six years at $150 million.
Of course, it conveniently leaked late Friday that Jeter never asked for 6/$150, and wants a much more reasonable four or five years at $23-24 million a year. So it appears that maybe the Yankees have come up, and Jeter has come down. Progress!
-- David AndriesenFor more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.