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Derek Jeter just four hits away from 3,000 after two-hit night

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Maybe HBO isn’t going to need to follow Derek Jeter around for long, after all.

After going hitless in his return from the disabled list last night, Jeter went 2-for-6 in tonight’s 9-2 win over the Indians.

Jeter led off the game with a tapper down the third base line, almost identical to the play that went for an error in the first inning of last night’s game. However, Orlando Cabrera tried to barehand the ball, so it was ruled a single. There was no doubt about Jeter’s second hit, though, as he crushed a two-run double into the left-center field gap in the second inning. He went hitless over his final four at-bats of the evening.

Jeter now stands at 2,996 hits for his career, just four away from becoming the 28th player in baseball history to reach the 3,000-hit plateau. The Yankees will play the Indians again tomorrow night before beginning a four-game series against the Rays at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.

Phillies sign outfielder Michael Saunders

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 3: Michael Saunders #21 of the Toronto Blue Jays runs to first after being walked during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 3, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.

Saunders was an All-Star in 2016 due to his wonderful start, but he cratered in the second half of the season. Overall is numbers looked good — he hit 24 homers and posted a line of .253/.338/.478, but his second half line was .178/.282/.357 in 58 games. He’s not the best defender around either.

The Phillies could use him, however, and if he has another red hot first half, there’s a decent chance they could flip him if they wanted to.

Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays nearing a two-year, $35-40 million deal

Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista flips his bat after hitting a three-run homer during seventh inning game 5 American League Division Series baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.

Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.

The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.