What I did find amusing is that in a NYPost article a few weeks back, ARod was likewise described as a “frenemy” by Joel Sherman, who also threw out the six-year deal idea:
Still, he is not going to undersell himself. But the hidden card is what does a fair contract mean to Jeter. His contract averaged $18.9 million a year and he will make $21 million this season.
Is that the right area for two or three years? Or does Jeter demand a contract until he is 42, like the Yanks gave to his frenemy Alex Rodriguez? If so, that would mean a six-year deal before even contemplating that Rodriguez averages $27.5 million a year with a high of $32 million.
My gut tells me the agreement point will be toward the middle, think four years at $100 million. However, to convince the Yanks that is a good idea — to create an age-challenged infield left side of Jeter and A-Rod for years to come — Jeter is going to have to play like in his prime again; show that athletic arrogance in which he proves he is still a great shortstop, not just to himself, but to the Yankees and the world.…