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Derek Jeter, the Mets' coaches, Juan Uribe and the Hall of Fame

Quiet first day back after the holiday weekend. The sense I get, from speaking with people today, is that they're easing into what should be - again - a busy week.

--While there is nothing scheduled yet, the bet is on the Yankees and Derek Jeter resuming their talks this week. The Yankees are going to have to give in a little off their current, three-year, $45-million offer. My bet is they'll bend on the money but not on the years.

--The Mets are now focused on filling their coaching staff, and they're going to have to hire some scouts to replace the three (Russ Bove, Bob Johnson and Duane Larson) they lost; Bove and Larson were fired, while Johnson jumped to the Braves. Plus there's a strong likelihood that Bob Melvin, who placed in the competition to become the Mets' manager, will leave his scouting job to try to get an on-the-field job somewhere.

This name has already been out there, but someone reiterated it to me today: Ken Oberkfell is potentially a good fit to be Terry Collins' bench coach. Collins said he wanted someone with a different personality to be his bench coach, and Oberkfell, who has managed the Mets' Triple-A affiliate for the past six seasons, is known as being low-key.

--The Dodgers signed Juan Uribe to a three-year, $21-million deal. Wow. I don't like the price tag, but I like the player. The Dodgers have been among the industry's most active teams this early in the offseason, and they've clearly positioned themselves to be back in the hunt for the NL West title. 

--Here's this year's Hall of Fame ballot. I'm going to vote for...nah, I'm not ready to disclose that yet. Probably in late December.

--Our own Bob Tufts received an e-mail from Marvin Miller's son, clarifying some comments Miller reportedly made recently about Jim Palmer. 

--Thanks to Twitter, I found this story about retired U.S. Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, who says he attended the 1932 World Series game in which Babe Ruth eventually called his home run.

 --Thanks to JE for this story about Atlantic City's baseball stadium and what has become of it. Sad.

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