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"I think it's unfair to be talking about myself when we're trying to win. That's the approach I've always had. That's not going to change," he said.
"I know it's maybe going to cause a lot of speculation. There may be a few stories out there, but it won't be a distraction because I won't be talking about it."
Team co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said earlier this month that the club will address Jeter's contract "eventually," adding that the 10-time All-Star's "place in Yankee history is obvious, so I think you can pretty much assume from there."
Jeter, who has won three Gold Gloves and also has been a World Series and All-Star game MVP during his 14 seasons in New York, surpassed Lou Gehrig to become the Yankees' career hits leader in 2009.
For manager Joe Girardi, it's difficult to imagine Jeter or Rivera becoming free agents and winding up wearing another club's colors.
"It'd be different, that's for sure. I think when you think about guys like Mo, Jeet, you always think of them as Yankees," Girardi said. "There's certain guys, you expect to see them in one uniform."
Jeter didn't offer any indication of what he might be looking for in a new contract. He also said he's given no thought to how it might affect his legacy if he did not spend his entire career with the Yankees.
"I can't think about what's going to happen after this year. You don't think about what legacy you have when you're still playing. That's something you consider when your career is over," he said.
"My desire is to stay here. I haven't thought about ... how much money (I) want because we haven't sat down to negotiate anything. That hasn't crossed my mind. That's not what I play for. I play in order to try to help this team win. That's what I've always done. My feeling is everything else will take care of itself."
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