Derek Jeter Can Retire to Tampa Bay Mansion

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By Laura Vecsey

Derek Jeter has taken the mystery out of his future. It's over ... after the 2014 Major League Baseball season, that is. Captain Fantastic of the New York Yankees and a shoo-in for the National Baseball Hall of Fame said this season will be his last in pinstripes -- or any uniform.

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The 39-year-old took to Facebook to pen a preliminary farewell, effectively taking the heat off what no doubt would have been a question-packed spring training from a national media and fan base that can sense Jeter's ailing ankle and aging body means his time is almost up. Typical Jeter, he took control of his own story, and destiny.

The good thing for Jeter is that no matter what's in store, he's got a sweet spot where he can make the transition from perennial All-Star to retiree.

Back in 2009, Jeter embarked on a little project down in Tampa, where he commissioned a monstrous, 30,875-square foot home to be constructed on Tampa Bay that locals dubbed, "St. Jetersburg."

The home features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and is roughly the size of a BestBuy electronics store and twice the size of the previous No. 1 house, just across Hillsborough Bay on Bayshore Boulevard, owned by Lazydays RV SuperCenter founder Don Wallace.
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Jeter's home, which is described as English Manor-style with lots of gables and stone work, is located on the Davis Island neighborhood of Tampa. It was created from two separate parcels that Jeter purchased in 2006.

With his retirement news creating a buzz up and down the ice-covered East Coast, speculation will be rampant that Jeter will continue to be a big part of the Yankees organization even after 2014. The king of Bronx says he is 100 percent ready to end his playing days, but whether he can really chill out in his Tampa abode for an entire baseball season will be an interesting proposition for the lifelong Yankee.

As for the Yankees, the team is already preparing for a lot of changes in 2014. Slugger Alex Rodriguez is serving a season-long suspension after baseball punished him for using performance enhancing drugs and obstructing their investigation. The team is also serving up Japanese pitching star Masahiro Tanaka, who they just gave a $155 million contract to play in the Bronx.

Meanwhile, the Yankees also signed Jacoby Ellsbury for $153 million over seven years; Brian McCann for five years, $85 million and Carlos Beltran for $45 million and three years.

Maybe Jeter will invite them all over for a little bonding barbecue at his Jetersburg manse. It's what any good captain would do.

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