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November 29, 2010

Dropping Links: November 29

It was a long holiday weekend, so as you emerge from a tryptophan coma and head back to whatever it is you do between Sunday and's Tony Arnoldine with some stuff you might have missed:

According to Bill Madden, Derek Jeter and the Yankees remain about $80 million apart in their current salary negotiations.  Jeter's agent, Casey Close, has since denied any truth to that report but it is certainly interesting offseason drama. It's hard to picture Jeter in any other uniform, but you never know.

Speaking of the Yankees, Javier Vazquez has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Florida Marlins. Vasquez was not very good during his second stint with the Yankees, but a change of scenery could do him good. His numbers in the National League have always been better than in the AL.

Justin Morneau says he'll be ready for spring training.

Several teams are reportedly interested in Miguel Tejada, including the Giants, Padres and Cardinals. Tejada finished the year with San Diego, although the team did not offer him arbitration.

Michael Baron of Mets Blog wonders if the Amazin's will hang on to John Maine. The team has until Thursday to offer him a contract or else he'll become a free agent. Maine is recovering from surgery.

The Los Angeles Times' Dodgers Blog has some news on the Dodgers targeting Juan Uribe, with intentions to play him at second base.

Lastly, The Cubs are apparently interested in Carlos Pena. The move would make sense, adding a strong defensive first basemen and slugger to the lineup. But get ready for plenty of strikeouts with Alfonso Soriano and Pena in the same lineup.

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