Amazing just how much the public tone of the Derek Jeter negotiations have changed. At this point, you can’t turn anywhere without reading or hearing something positive about the progress. Here’s the latest from the AP.
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees have made “significant or substantial progress” on a new contract.
The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
Although negotiations moved slowly last month, there is little doubt the Yankees captain will remain in pinstripes.
A few other notes from around baseball…
• Keep an eye on Boston. Not only are the Red Sox believed to be interested in Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, they’re also reportedly back in trade talks for Adrian Gonzalez. The Red Sox have been connected to Gonzalez in the past, and that would obviously change the look of that lineup.
• Occasionally I get a question about Brandon Webb, and the possibility of the Yankees getting him on a small deal, maybe even a minor league deal. Thing is, Webb seems to be generating considerable interest from teams that can probably promise him a significant role.
• Three years, $35 million for Bronson Arroyo. Nothing flashy about the guy’s numbers, but he’s been good for 200 innings and 15 wins the past three years. The Reds like him, clearly.
• Kansas State accepted an invitation to play Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
• Former Cubs great Ron Santo passed away today at the age of 70.
• The Yankees sent two official statements to mourn the passing Elaine Kaufman, owner of the Manhattan restaurant Elaine’s, who passed away at age 81.
Hal Steinbrenner on behalf of the Steinbrenner family: “We mourn the loss of Elaine Kaufman. She was a great friend to my father and our family, as well as a tremendous supporter of the New York Yankees. She was a special person who contributed so much to the rich fabric of New York City. I extend our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and loved ones.”
Randy Levine: “My wife, Mindy, and I considered Elaine a dear personal friend and one of the greatest ladies in New York City. Not only was she a famous restaurateur and gracious host, but she was a delightful, wonderful person. We will personally miss her friendship. Elaine was one-of-a-kind, and she will be deeply missed.”