Star shortstop returning to the MLB for one more season.
Despite shortstop Derek Jeter’s injury plagued 2013 season, the New York Yankees have opted to hang onto their captain with a one-year, $12 million deal.
The Yankees said they had re-signed Jeter, who had an option remaining on the contract he inked before the 2011 campaign.
Jeter, 39, played in only 17 games in 2013.
Hoping to be back for the start of the season after breaking his left ankle in the 2012 American League Championship Series, Jeter re-injured the ankle in spring training.
He made his season debut on July 11, the suffered a strained quadriceps that sidelined him until the end of the month.
Jeter missed time in August with a calf strain before the Yankees shut him down in early September.
Jeter, who enjoyed a stellar 2012 campaign that included 216 hits, a .316 batting average and 15 home runs, admitted 2013 was a “frustrating” experience.
Now the 13-time All-Star will have a chance to bounce back in 2014, when he will be the lone remaining player from the “Core Four,” the group that helped the Yankees to five World Series titles since 1996.
Jorge Posada retired following the 2011 season, while pitchers Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera called it quits after the just-completed 2013 campaign.