Roundup: Jeter talks about to kick into high gear

Negotiations between the Yankees and free-agent shortstop Derek Jeter are about to heat up. According to several reports on Thursday, the Yankees are set to offer “The Captain” a three-year contract worth somewhere in the vicinity of $45 million, but the New York Post wrote that the team could go as high as $60 million, and possibly even tack on a fourth year. ESPNNewYork.com reported that the 36-year-old desires at least four and maybe even as many as six years.

Here’s more from the third full day of the General Managers Meetings …

* The Marlins are continuing to look to put that saved Dan Uggla money to good use. ESPN.com reported that Florida is looking to acquire a starting pitcher such as Javier Vazquez, who pitched for the Yankees last season, and Carl Pavano, who played for the Twins. Conflicting reports have the Fish with somewhere between $3 million and $11 million left to spend.

* The Astros traded right-hander Felipe Paulino to the Rockies in exchange for infielder Clint Barmes. Neither player had a very good 2010 season. Paulino, 27, was 1-9 in 19 appearances (14 starts) with a 5.11 ERA, while Barmes, 31, hit just .235 with eight homers and 50 RBIs in 133 games.

* Ron Gardenhire cashed in quickly on his American League Manager of the Year Award, inking a two-year extension that will keep him as the Twins’ skipper through 2013. Last season, he led Minnesota to a 94-68 mark and its sixth AL Central crown in nine years since he took the helm in ’02.

* Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. is cautiously optimistic the team will re-sign superstar Albert Pujols, but says getting a deal done will not be easy. The first baseman is signed through 2011, but is due to hit the open market next November.

* The D-backs acquired first baseman Juan Miranda from the Yankees in exchange for Minor League right-hander Scott Allen. Miranda, 27, hit .253 with four homers and 14 RBIs over the past three seasons in limited duty for New York. Allen, 19, was 5-4 with a 3.95 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 28 games over parts of two seasons in the Minors.

* Wally Backman emerged from his final managerial interview with the Mets optimistic about his chances. He’s in the running along with Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and Terry Collins. The club hopes to pick a new skipper by Monday.

– Jordan Schwartz

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