Thanks to a tip by Anthony Rieber, we discovered today that Derek Jeter and Casey Close are huddling in Florida, mulling where to go from here in their negotiations with the Yankees.
The Yankees, on the other side of the table, are simply waiting for Jeter to get back to them with a counterproposal.
Three years for $57 million. That's my prediction, and I'm sticking to it.
--The Mets announced some updates on some of their younger, banged-up players. I'll just quote straight from the press release:
1) "Daniel Murphy sustained a mild hamstring strain of the left leg while playing for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League. There was no loss of motion or strength in the leg. He will rehab his hamstring and return to baseball activities as tolerated."
(Murphy, you might or might not know, has been playing second base in the DR.)
2) "Fernando Martinez felt pain in his right knee while running to first base in a game with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League. A MRI showed mild arthritis in the knee, unchanged from his previous MRI. There was no new injury. He will wear a brace and continue to work on strengthening his knee before resuming baseball activities."
3) "Nick Evans has been recovering this offseason from a posterior labral tear of his left non-throwing shoulder sustained September 29 during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He has been swinging a bat back pain-free. A MRI revealed no change and he will progress with baseball activities as tolerated."
The worst news seems to concern Martinez, who simply hasn't been able to stay healthy. He's still only 22, so you can't write him off completely, but there's really no reason to think he'll attain the great heights that were once projected of him.
--Zack Greinke would consider waiving his no-trade clause to pitch for the Yankees, Jeff Passan reports. This is probably moot, as once the Yankees sign Lee, they won't need Greinke. And furthermore, as Passan points out, Greinke would probably want a contract extension in return for waiving the no-trade clause - which makes him less attractive.
I spoke with an official from an NL club earlier this month about the possibility of the Yankees getting Greinke, and this person suggested that a package of Jesus Montero, Slade Heathcott and Dellin Bettances could get it done. Of course, that would muck up the Yankees' plans to make Montero part of their major-league catching corps.
--Carl Pavano will probably let his free agency play out until next week's winter meetings, at the earliest. One team that has to be a strong contender for his services is Washington, which whiffed on Jorge de la Rosa and is destined to whiff on Cliff Lee.
--I meant to comment earlier on the Rockies' extension to Troy Tulowitzki. What an odd decision. Why even think about doing this when you had the guy signed through 2014?
--If you read this Hal McCoy blog post, you'll see in there a story of how McCoy - a longtime Reds writer who is enshrined in the writers' wing of the Hall of Fame - formed a relationship with comedian Mike Birbiglia. I thought this was pretty cool, as I emceed the BBWAA New York chapter dinner that McCoy writes about, and I invited Birbiglia to perform.
And for what it's worth, when Birbiglia uttered the line, "The thing about sportswriters is, they aren't good at sports, and they aren't good at writing," I and most other people in my profession laughed. McCoy took it personally, though
--Remember, tonight is the deadline for players to accept arbitration, although it looks like the list will be characteristically small. Texas' Frank Francisco appears likely to accept, and perhaps Toronto's Jason Frasor. The Mets' Pedro Feliciano declined.
--Have a great night.