MINNEAPOLIS — Ron Gardenhire has never found use for an agent. Whenever the time comes for the Twins to address the manager's contract, he simply sits down with his boss and gets a deal done.
General manager Bill Smith gave Gardenhire a two-year extension through the 2013 season Thursday, a day after he was picked as the American League manager of the year.
"Billy, he tells me what he wants to do. We talk a little bit, and that's pretty much about it," Gardenhire said. "I don't get into all of that negotiating."
With six division titles in the nine years since he took over for a franchise high on loyalty and continuity, Gardenhire's job continues to be among the most secure in baseball despite a 12-game postseason losing streak dating to 2004.
The Twins went 94-68 this year before being swept again in the playoffs by the Yankees. This is the fifth time Gardenhire's deal has been extended since he was hired in 2002.
"I think most managers will tell you the same thing: It's not a bad situation to be in when you're with an organization that likes to keep you," said Gardenhire, 53, who has a career winning percentage of .550 with a record of 803-656.
Jeter talks: The Yankees are expected to make shortstop Derek Jeter an offer in the coming days, reportedly three years at $15 million per season, according to the New York Post. The newspaper said Jeter is likely to ask for more money and years. Still, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner told Newsday at the owners meetings in Orlando: "I'm happy with the tenor of things. … Both sides have a lot of respect for each other."
Yanks-D'backs trade: New York acquired minor-league right-hander Scott Allen, 19, from Arizona for first baseman Juan Miranda, 27.
Rockies-Astros trade: The Astros sent pitcher Felipe Paulino, 27, to the Rockies for infielder Clint Barmes. Though Barmes, 31, mostly played second base at Colorado, the Astros told him he will return to his preferred position of shortstop.
Mets: After completing second interviews with four finalists — Wally Backman, Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Chip Hale — the team plans to select its next manager no later than Monday.