Jeter said that he told ESPN's Rick Reilly that he could see himself playing for another franchise, the way Peyton Manning parted ways with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and latched on with the Denver Broncos, if the Yankees decided that they no longer wanted him.
"You understand what the reference is: Peyton had no choice, so if he's going to continue to play, he's got to go somewhere else," Jeter said. "I think it's comical that we're talking about it after I've told you guys time and time again that I can't picture myself playing anywhere else. Have fun with it."
The New York Daily News nodded to Reilly's Q & A for a front page splash on Friday, blaring a large type headline, "Say What!"
But Jeter, who signed a three-year, $51 million deal after the 2010 season that includes a player option for the 2014 season, said he has no intention of packing his bags.
"It seems pretty obvious though, when you're talking about that situation, what I'm talking about," Jeter said. "It's a business. There's two sides to a business. That's what the reference was."
Alex Rodriguez said that he can't imagine Jeter ending his illustrious career with anyone but the Yankees.
"That'll never happen," Rodriguez said. "I never see Derek playing in [another] uniform. I see him, forever, for the next 1,000 years, in pinstripes. Even when he's 50 or 60, who knows, he'll still be helping out and being a leader and captain to the Yankee franchise."
The negotiations between Jeter and the Yankees grew contentious for that last deal, following a 2010 season in which Jeter batted a career-low .270, but Jeter said that the situation never changed the stance that he wanted to finish his career with the Yankees.
"That's what I've told you my whole focus has been since day one," Jeter said. "Why are we even talking about this?"