Yankees general manager Brian Cashman went to Arkansas to meet with free agent pitcher Cliff Lee and his wife yesterday.
Cashman was invited Tuesday by Lee’s agent, Darek Brauneker, a person familiar with the arrangements revealed. The person spoke on condition of anonymity.
Yesterday’s meeting was a “meet-and-greet’’ session, the person said, and an offer was not expected to be made until later.
In addition, Cashman, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, and team president Randy Levine met in recent days with captain Derek Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, to start the process of negotiating a new contract, the person said.
Jeter completed a $189 million, 10-year contract and is expected to remain with the Yankees.
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a small tear in the meniscus of his left knee. The Yankees expect Posada to be ready for spring training. The 39-year-old was limited to 120 games this season, 83 behind the plate. Jesus Montero, a Triple A All-Star at Scranton, is expected to be brought up next season.
NL’s Gold Gloves Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez won their first Gold Glove awards, joined by Cincinnati pitcher Bronson Arroyo as a first-time winner as the National League announced its winners yesterday.
St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols and Reds third baseman Scott Rolen won Gold Gloves for the first time since 2006.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips won his second Gold Glove.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina repeated along with outfielders Shane Victorino of the Phillies and Michael Bourn of the Astros.
DiSarcina leaves Gary DiSarcina, the Red Sox minor league infield coordinator last season, left to become a special assistant to Angels general manager Tony Reagins . . . First base coach Ron Johnson, who missed the end of last season attending to a family emergency, will return to the staff next season. The Red Sox are expecting their other coaches to return, with the possible exception of bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who is a candidate to become manager of the Mets.
PETER ABRAHAM AND NICK CAFARDO Gibson selling bat Bidding for the bat Kirk Gibson used for his historic home run for the Dodgers in the 1988 World Series has reached $139,015. SCP Auctions’ October/November auction will close Saturday night. Gibson also is selling his batting helmet and home and road uniforms from the World Series, his World Series trophy and NL most valuable player award. Proceeds from the sale of the World Series trophy and MVP award will benefit the Kirk Gibson Foundation . . . Jeff Francoeur became a free agent after refusing a minor league assignment from the Rangers and clearing waivers . . . The Athletics acquired David DeJesus from the Royals for righthander Vin Mazzaro and minor league lefty Justin Marks . . . Dave Niehaus, the Hall of Fame broadcaster who called Mariners’ games from their first season through this year, died at 75 . . . Former White Sox scouting executive David Wilder was indicted on seven counts of mail fraud for allegedly accepting kickbacks from signing bonuses and contract buyouts.