NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter says his surgically repaired left ankle feels good and he expects to be the New York Yankees' starting shortstop on opening day.

Jeter was at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night to surprise more than 500 children from New York City at his Turn 2 Foundation's holiday party. It was his first public visit to the Bronx since having surgery in late October to repair the ankle he broke in Game 1 of the AL championship series against the Detroit Tigers.

Looking trim and walking with a restrictive boot on his left foot, Jeter made several jokes about a photograph published last week in a New York tabloid that made him appear overweight.

The Yankees' 38-year-old captain had been bothered by the ankle since mid-September but said it was his choice to play through the pain.

At MLB's winter meetings, New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey keeps drawing attention. He lives near the Opryland Hotel and dropped in for a visit, though there's no change in his situation. Signed for next season, he wants a new contract while several clubs, including Boston, want to trade for the reigning NL Cy Young winner.

In the meantime, some deals stayed on deck. No telling if any of them will get done before the meetings end today.

"We wondered if one of the guys went off, [if] it would speed up. We'll see," Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said. "It seems like it may be moving a little bit."

The Los Angeles Angels added two more new arms to their retooled pitching staff by agreeing to a $15 million, two-year contract with right-hander Joe Blanton and an $8 million, two-year deal with left-handed reliever Sean Burnett.


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Jeff Keppinger agreed with the White Sox on a $12 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told The AP on condition of anonymity because there was no announcement. The infielder hit .325 with nine home runs and 40 RBI for Tampa Bay last season.

Outfielder Jason Bay and the Seattle Mariners agreed on a one-year deal, a person familiar with the negotiation said.