MLB notes: Derek Jeter resumes baseball activities

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter watches from the dugout during their American League game...

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter watches from the dugout during their American League game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto September 18, 2013. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter resumed baseball activities Monday by hitting off a tee in a batting cage and fielding 108 grounders at the team's minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.

Jeter, 39, is coming off a season in which he batted just .190 in only 63 at-bats with eight runs, one double, one home run and seven RBIs over 17 games.

He spent four stints on the disabled list last year and missed 145 games, mainly recovering from a broken ankle sustained in the 2012 playoffs.

"I don't think about it, and that's a good thing," Jeter said, according to the Associated Press. "It's good to have a normal offseason and get some work in. Everything is normal now."

The Yankees have been preparing as if Jeter will spend significant time as designated hitter this year. They signed versatile infielder Brendan Ryan this winter and they also have young infielders Eduardo Nunez and Dean Anna on their 40-man roster.

TANAKA SWEEPSTAKES

Five clubs have emerged as the likely bidders for the Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.

But at least one prominent MLB radio host says the Cubs are the frontrunners to land the 25-year-old righty.

“Industry sources believe the Cubs will outbid the field on money and years,” CBS Chicago radio host Bruce Levine tweeted Monday. “None of the clubs know other teams’ bids.”

Japanese news service Nikkan Sports reported that the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs extended contract proposals to Tanaka worth more than $100 million over six years.

Nikkan listed the Diamondbacks's bid at six years for close to $120 million.

Tanaka is highly coveted by the Cubs and the other teams after posting a 24-0 record with a 1.27 ERA last season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japanese league.

The signing deadline is Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

UNIMPRESSED VERLANDER

Like many, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander didn’t think much of Richard Sherman’s post-NFC title game tirade Sunday night.

“So (Seattle Seahawks quarterback) Russell (Wilson) is a class act!” the Cy Young Award winner tweeted. “Sherman on the other hand.... If he played baseball would get a high and tight fastball.”

Sherman, the self-proclaimed “best corner in the (NFL),” spouted off at Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews after his Seahawks downed the San Francisco 49ers to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII.

After making a game-clinching fourth-quarter play, Sherman went off on Niners receiver Michael Crabtree during the aforementioned post-game interview – something that propelled Verlander to enter the conversation.

For the record, Verlander hit a career-high 19 batters in 2007 and 14 a season later.

He’s hit 64 batters over his nine-year career.

BRIEFLY

The Milwaukee Brewers announced Monday they’ve signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor-league deal that includes an invite to major-league camp ... The San Diego Padres have signed outfielder Travis Buck to a minor league deal, according to MLB.com.


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