Baseball notebook: Derek Jeter progressing well in pre-spring workouts

Baseball notebook: Derek Jeter progressing well in pre-spring workouts


Baseball notebook: Derek Jeter progressing well in pre-spring workouts


Yankees captain Derek Jeter is upbeat after completing his third week of baseball activities.

Jeter, who turns 40 in June, was limited to 17 games last year after breaking his left ankle during the 2012 AL championship series. Ahead of spring training, he is taking batting practice, fielding grounders and has resumed a running program.

“I feel good,” Jeter said Friday after working out at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “I’ve been working hard, and I’ve had a complete offseason to work out and strengthen everything.”

Jeter started his off-field work in November, something he wasn’t able to do after the 2012 season when he was still using a walking boot into January due to ankle surgery.

“It’s been fun, but it’s been difficult because you’re starting over from scratch,” Jeter said. “Basically going for pretty much a whole year where you can’t really work out. It’s a long process, but it’s been enjoyable now to get back to this point.”

Athletics: Center fielder Coco Crisp is staying with Oakland for an additional two seasons, agreeing to a new contract through 2016 that adds $22.75 million in guaranteed money.

Brewers: Milwaukee signed free-agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez to a one-year contract.

Diamondbacks: Arizona and Bronson Arroyo agreed on a two-year, $23.5 million contract with a club option for a third.

The right-hander pitched the last eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds before becoming a free agent.

Nationals: Washington agreed to terms with right-hander Luis Ayala on a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Orioles: First baseman Matt LaPorta and Baltimore agreed to a minor-league contract.

Padres: Pitcher Andrew Cashner and San Diego have argued their cases at baseball’s first salary arbitration hearing in two years.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Cashner asked for a raise from $500,800 to $2.4 million. The Padres pushed for their figure of $2,275,000 during Friday’s session.

A decision by arbitrators Gil Vernon, Elizabeth Neumeister and Robert Herzog is expected this weekend.

No player had gone to a hearing since Feb. 15, 2012, when Pittsburgh outfielder Garrett Jones argued his case against the Pirates in a case won by the club the following day. Teams won five of seven cases in 2012, giving them a 291-214 margin since arbitration began in 1974.

Last year was the first time all cases settled without any hearings.

Pirates: Catcher Omir Santos and Pittsburgh agreed to a minor-league contract.

Royals: Mike Sweeney will get another chance to help Kansas City make the playoffs.

The Royals’ longtime first baseman and arguably one of the most popular players in team history was hired as special assistant to baseball operations.

Sweeney will help at spring training and assist general manager Dayton Moore and others on various projects.

White Sox: Reliever Mitchell Boggs and Chicago agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract.


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