With the holiday weekend coming to a close, the Hot Stove could heat up quickly heading into the rapidly approaching Winter Meetings. On Saturday, though, it continued to simmer with rumors and speculation surrounding Derek Jeter’s contract negotiations with the Yankees.
While rumors continue to swirl, there has yet to be much confirmed progress. Both sides have previously expressed their desire not to play out negotiations publicly, but prospective figures continue to leak out in the media.
One day after Jeter’s agent, Casey Close made a statement claiming the reports of Jeter’s six-year, $150 million contract request were “simply inaccurate,” the Jeter camp has lowered their price to the neighborhood of five-years, $22-24 million per year, the New York Daily News reported on Saturday citing sources close to the talks.
In addition to negotiating with Jeter, the Yankees took a step to add some depth to their stable of arms on Saturday. The Bombers have agreed to terms with right-hander Brian Anderson and left-hander Andy Sisco on Minor League deals, according to a FoxSports.com report. According to Ken Rosenthal, both also received invites to the Yanks’ Major League Spring Training camp.
The Yankees, however, haven’t yet confirmed or commented on the report.
Anderson, who was recently cut by the Royals, is formerly an outfielder who recently coverted to pitching. Sisco, who pitched in the Giants’ Minor League organization in 2010, is reported to finally be healthy after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2008.
On the other side of town, Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano is “strongly considering” accepting the club’s offer of arbitration, according to a tweet from Newsday’s Ken Davidoff on Saturday. Feliciano, who has until Tuesday to accept the offer, is a Type-B free agent who is expected to see a raise next season from his $2.9 million salary in 2010.
Feliciano, 34, has been heavily used in the past three seasons, compiling 92 appearances last season. While there figures to be a host of suitors interested in signing the southpaw, his age combined with the loss of a Draft pick could deter teams from signing him.
If Feliciano accepts, the Mets will have to offer him a one-year contract at a figure that will likely approach $4 million.