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Jeter says Torre's revelations are old hat

NEW York Yankees captain Derek Jeter thinks the revelations in former manager Joe Torre's new book are old news and is more interested in winning another World Series.

Shortstop Jeter said on Tuesday he had not yet read "The Yankee Years," a new book by Torre and Tom Verducci, but shrugged off ballyhooed excerpts regarding Alex Rodriguez and his acceptance in the clubhouse.

"I think a lot of these issues are things that have gone on in the past," Jeter said in a telephone interview from Orlando, Florida.

One excerpt from the book described how Yankee players referred to Rodriguez as "A-Fraud" after baseball's highest paid player joined them in 2004. Another claimed the man more usually nicknamed "A-Rod" was obsessed with the mystique of Jeter.

"To be quite honest with you, I think that people have already answered these questions throughout the years and this stuff is not an issue.

"He (Rodriguez) has got support from everyone in the clubhouse. He's a great player. He's a part of our team so everyone supports him. In terms of talking about the same things year in year out, it gets kind of old."

World Series

What does not get old is winning, and after being part of four World Series winners in his first five seasons after joining the Yankees full time in 1996, Jeter said he longed to bring home the trophy for the first time since 2000.

"I think everyone's a little bit frustrated. We haven't been back to the World Series (since 2003), haven't won one in quite some time," he said.

"Our only goal year in, year out is to win a championship, and we haven't gotten that done. We made some great additions this year so hopefully we'll get that opportunity."

The Yankees were baseball's biggest spenders this offseason, forking out more than US$420 million on long-term contracts for pitchers C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett and first baseman Mark Teixeira.

"On paper we're good," Jeter said. "To be honest with you every year we're pretty good on paper but you still have to go out there and play.

"There's injuries on every team through the course of a season but hopefully there's no major injuries and everyone can have a healthy season. If that's the case I like our chances."


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