Jeter and agent met in Florida Tuesday with Yanks officials

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Craving more Derek Jeter news?  Of course you are.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com 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.”

Alex Dickerson to miss 2017 season after undergoing back surgery

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Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he suffered a setback in his recovery process last week and is set to undergo a season-ending discectomy next Wednesday.

Over 285 plate appearances, Dickerson batted .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and a .788 OPS for the Padres in 2016. He missed several days with a right hip contusion last July, but hasn’t experienced any substantial health problems since undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle.

The expected recovery period for lower back surgery is 3-4 months, according to Lin, which puts Dickerson’s estimated return just a few days before the end of the regular season. The Padres aren’t scraping the bottom of the NL West, but their 29-44 record doesn’t bode well for a postseason run this year. Assuming Dickerson rehabs his back in a timely manner, he should be in fine form to enter the competition for left field next spring.

Video: Hanley Ramirez’s No. 250 career home run barely left the field

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Hanley Ramirez played a pivotal role during the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Angels on Friday night, crushing a two-run homer off of Alex Meyer to bring the Sox up to a four-run lead in the fourth inning.

Well, crushed might be the wrong word. The ball cleared the right field fence with a mere 350 feet, landing just beyond Pesky’s Pole to bring Ramirez’s career home run total to an even 250.

According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Ramirez’s milestone blast wasn’t the shortest home run of the year — not by a long shot. That distinction currently belongs to Rays’ outfielder Corey Dickerson, who skimmed the left field fence at Rogers Centre with a 326-foot homer back in April.