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.”

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.