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Derek Jeter (of course), Cliff Lee, Mariano Rivera and drug-testing stuff

 Just a few items:

--One industry source described Tuesday night's get-together between the Yankees and Derek Jeter as "a reboot." A clearing of the air, and a renewed resolution to find a way to get this contract done.

It'll get done. Really, I think there's a pretty good chance that, when the Yankees leave Orlando upon the completion of the winter meetings - that's a week from tomorrow - they'll have completed all of their heavy lifting: Jeter, Cliff Lee, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte could all be back in the fold.

--As for Lee, the Rangers met again with him yesterday in Arkansas. From what I can tell, Texas didn't make an official offer to Lee. The Yankees haven't, either. It seems that the intention of Lee and his agent Darek Braunecker, as is very much their right, is to be the stars of the winter meetings. To finalize a deal while everyone from the industry is in one place.

--Expect the Yankees' talks with Rivera to heat up shortly. It shouldn't require too much effort to finalize the details. A two-year deal with a modest raise from his $15 million salary is probable.

--Brett Gardner and Alfredo Aceves both need surgery, with Aceves' procedure the result of a bicycle accident in Mexico. Not good news for Islander505's favorite.

--The independent program administrator for Major League Baseball's drug-testing program released his report today. As you can see, there were 110 therapeutic use exemptions granted, and 105 of those for attention deficit disorder. Those numbers remain high and routinely generate criticism from outside folks.

--The Red Sox met with Carl Crawford in Houston. I still think Crawford's most likely destination is the Angels.

--ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" has a new broadcast team of Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine. A vast improvement over Jon Miller and Joe Morgan.

--Have a good night.

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