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Jeter, Yankees make progress

Report of annual value up to $19m

Associated Press / December 4, 2010

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Derek Jeter and the Yankees have made “significant or substantial progress’’ on a contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press yesterday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

Although negotiations moved slowly last month, there is little doubt the Yankees captain and shortstop will remain in pinstripes.

Coming off a $189 million, 10-year contract, Jeter initially had been offered a $45 million, three-year deal. The Daily News posted on its website last night that the sides are discussing a deal in the neighborhood of $19 million annually over possibly four years, and an agreement could be reached today.

Taking the plunge Yesterday morning, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was in Stamford Conn., for a different kind of business: he scaled down the outside of the 22-story Landmark Building five times, strapped into a safety harness for a practice run before a holiday show tomorrow. He’ll be dressed as an elf.

Cashman called the feat exciting, but admitted he was scared while descending about 300 feet from the roof. Accompanied by an experienced climber, Cashman agreed to participate after seeing the event last year. He trained on a 37-foot rock climbing wall.

“I was thinking of the Batman and Robin stuff,’’ Cashman said. “It’s pretty incredible. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.’’

White Sox keep busy The White Sox formally announced the signing of Adam Dunn to a four-year, $56 million contract, and Dunn made it clear he wants Paul Konerko to stay put.

“I just know how much he means to the White Sox organization and to the clubhouse and to the city and everything else,’’ Dunn said. “The White Sox and Paul are going to do what’s best for them, but I would love to have him back.’’

Bringing in Dunn probably doesn’t hurt the White Sox’ cause, giving the team a lefthanded slugger to potentially complement Konerko, the powerful righthanded first baseman who finished fifth in AL MVP balloting. If the White Sox retain Konerko, Dunn would likely serve as the full-time designated hitter.

Dunn, who batted .260 with 38 home runs with 103 RBIs for Washington last season, will earn $12 million next season, $14 million in 2012, and $15 million each in 2013 and 2014. The White Sox also announced catcher A.J. Pierzynski is staying put after agreeing to a two-year, $8 million deal Thursday that will pay $2 million next season and $6 million the following year.

GM Ken Williams said both players deferred money toward the back end of their contracts so the White Sox could make a stronger pitch for Konerko.

The White Sox may also focus on bullpen help at next week’s winter meetings. They declined to tender a contract to closer Bobby Jenks Thursday, and yesterday traded righthander Scott Linebrink to the Braves for minor league righthander Kyle Cofield.

Met pleads guilty Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez pleaded guilty to attempted assault to settle charges he attacked his girlfriend’s father at Citi Field last season in a deal that spares him jail time but sends him to additional anger management classes.

The fight cost Rodriguez more than $3.14 million in salary, in addition to more than seven weeks on the sideline with a torn thumb ligament in his pitching hand. He’s spent months trying to repair his image, apologizing to fans and to the league.

The four-time All Star left court in New York without speaking to reporters. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge, meaning as long as he completes anger treatment he will stay out of jail.

Rodriguez also pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct for sending dozens of text messages to his girlfriend after he was told by a judge not to contact her.

Arroyo strikes it big Coming off a career-best 17 wins, righthander Bronson Arroyo agreed to a contract with the Reds that added two years through 2013 and $23.5 million in new money. The Reds exercised an $11.5 million option last month . . . Lefthander Jorge De La Rosa is staying with the Rockies after agreeing to a two-year contract valued at $21.5 million. The deal includes a player option for 2013 that could raise its value to $32.5 million. De La Rosa is coming off an injury-interrupted season (8-7, 4.22 ERA) after going 16-9 in 2009 . . . The Mariners announced the terms of their one-year deal with lefthander Erik Bedard: it’s nonguaranteed and worth $1 million, with an additional $6.35 million in performance bonuses. Seattle also tendered contracts to closer David Aardsma, reliever Brandon League, and lefthanded starter Jason Vargas.

Santo dies at 70 Ron Santo, an All-Star third baseman who spent 14 seasons playing for the Cubs and another 21 years with the team as a broadcaster, died Thursday in Arizona from complications of bladder cancer, according to the team and WGN Radio, his longtime employer. He was 70. Obituary, B10 . . . The Dodgers re-signed catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year contract, one day after deciding not to offer a contract for next season to catcher Russell Martin . . . The Pirates bypassed salary arbitration by signing shortstop Ronny Cedeno and righthander Jeff Karstens to one-year contracts, and tendered offers to righthanders Ross Ohlendorf and Joel Hanrahan. Outfielder Lastings Milledge was not tendered . . . The A’s agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract with outfielder Ryan Sweeney . . . The Blue Jays acquired reliever Carlos Villanueva from the Brewers for a player to be named.

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