TAMPA - Yankees captain Derek Jeter said Thursday he feels good about his decision to retire after the 2014 season, but won't discuss it further until a news conference next week when the team's position players report.
"I do," Jeter said. "I'll address it when we get over there the first day of spring. It's easier that way."
Jeter, 39, who announced on Facebook Wednesday of his plan to retire, continued his regular routine of working out at the Yankees minor league complex Thursday morning. Before leaving around 11 a.m., Jeter stopped his Mercedes in the driveway to sign autographs for a couple minutes and was immediately surrounded by dozens of cameras and members of the media.
In a brief conversation with reporters, Jeter also said he met the club's prized offseason addition, righthander Masahiro Tanaka, Thursday and that went well, joking he has to work on his Japanese. The Yankees pitchers and catchers report Friday to Steinbrenner Field, where manager Joe Girardi is expected to hold his spring-opening news conference.
The Yankees position players report Wednesday, with the first full-squad workout Feb. 20. Jeter will likely have his much-anticipated annual spring address around that time.