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Jeter and agent met in Florida Tuesday with Yanks officials


Craving more Derek Jeter news?  Of course you are.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, met Tuesday in Tampa, Florida with Yankees officials.

The two sides had not spoken in several days, according to Rosenthal, and wanted to touch base.  It’s not clear if contract numbers were discussed, but that’s probably a safe assumption.

Jeter is thought to be seeking a four- or five-year deal worth around $23 million per season.  The Yankees, meanwhile, have offered the veteran shortstop a three-year, $45 million contract and don’t see any reason to up the price.

Jeter, 36, batted just .270/.340/.370 over 663 at-bats in 2010 and showed poor range at the shortstop position.

The Giants, who might have made a bid had the lack of progress with the Yankees continued, just picked up shortstop Miguel Tejada on the free agent market.  Jeter would be wise to bite the bullet and accept the Yanks’ generous proposal.

UPDATE: Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record hears that the “tenor” of talks today was “positive.”

Padres announce Pat Murphy won’t return as manager in 2016

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Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Padres have announced that interim manager Pat Murphy won’t return as the team’s manager in 2016. Haudricourt adds that Brewres manager Craig Counsell tried to get Murphy on his staff, and says to look for Murphy to join the Brewers for the 2016 season.

Murphy led the Padres to a 42-53 record after Bud Black was fired in June. He had previously managed for two years with Single-A Eugene in 2011-12, and at Triple-A Tucson and El Paso in 2013-14.

Former major leaguer Phil Nevin is a candidate for the Padres’ vacant managing position, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.

Royals clinch home field advantage, best record in the American League

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With a 6-1 win over the Twins in Sunday’s season finale, the Royals clinched the best record in the American League, which nets them home field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS. The Royals stand at 95-67 while the Blue Jays, who lost on Sunday, finish at 93-69.

95-67 is the Royals’ best record since finishing 97-65 in 1980, when they lost the World Series to the Phillies. Their division title is their first since 1985.

In the ALDS, which starts on Thursday, the Royals will host the winner of the AL Wild Card game between the Astros and Yankees. They are looking to avenge last year’s World Series loss, in seven games, to the Giants. The Blue Jays will host the Rangers in the other ALDS series.