Mariano Rivera's farewell season turned into a marketing opportunity, Already Steiner Sports is selling Jeter game-used equipment that includes jerseys ($15,000 and up), cleats ($1,049.99 and up), batting gloves ($599.99 and up) and even a sock ($525).
"This was all sudden. We'll sit with Derek and Casey and his people and come up with a plan," Yankees President Randy Levine said, referring to Jeter's agent, Casey Close.
Jeter had no desire to switch positions or change teams. He wanted to be a member of the Yankees and a shortstop, and nothing else.
He was limited to 17 games last season after breaking an ankle in the 2012 playoffs, and he turns 40 in June. He could join Luis Aparicio and Ozzie Smith as the only one-position players with 2,500 or more major league games, according to STATS.
If he is able to regain his place on a regular basis, he would be a superannuated shortstop. Only Honus Wagner (1914, '15), Luke Appling ('47, '49) and Omar Vizquel (2007) have appeared in 100 or more games at the position in the year they turned 40 or later.
"With the captain, it's an experience I'm going to tell all my kids and the people that I know," Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli said, "because I think he's the greatest player I've ever seen in my life."
NOTES: Masahiro Tanaka also was at the complex, wearing a Yankees T-shirt and shorts, and threw a bullpen session of about two dozen pitches. Jeter joked about having to learn more Japanese to communicate with Tanaka. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka threw two- and four-seam fastballs, splitters and sliders. "It was good. He's still trying to catch up I think with the time change and everything. Just trying to ease him into things," he said. "We're going to go slow with it." ... The Yankees will play exhibition games against the Miami Marlins in Panama City on March 15-16 to honor Rivera, the first visit of Major League Baseball to the Central American nation since 1947.
AP Sports Writer Joe Kay in Goodyear, Ariz., contributed to this report.