Love him or hate him, you can't help but respect Derek Jeter for the way he's played the game for nearly two decades.
It's hard to imagine him finishing his career in anything other than Yankees pinstripes, and he certainly has far more value to the Bronx Bombers than any other team in the game, but we know better than to assume that things will work out as they should.
Jeter, who celebrates his 39th birthday in June, is coming off of a broken ankle that required surgery to repair and ended any chance the Yankees had against the Detroit Tigers in last year's ALCS.
While his defense has always been a point of contention, there's no disputing that Jeter still swings a mean stick, as he led all of baseball with 216 hits last season, the eighth season of his career that he cracked the 200-hit mark in.
Jeter holds an $8 million player option for 2014, and there's always a chance that he'd exercise it. More likely is that he'll decline the option, making him a free agent, and look to land a multi-year deal with the Yankees, taking him past his 40th birthday.
As long as Jeter puts up Jeter-like numbers, he'll have suitors, whether it be the Yankees or a team that believes it is one player away from making a serious postseason run—and no player in the game has as much postseason experience or success as the Yankees captain.
Projected Contract: Two years, $28 million
Other Notable Free Agent Shortstops
Shortstops That Will Have 2014 Options Picked Up
Yunel Escobar ($5 million)