The GMs just made themselves available to the media for about an hour. Here are a few tibdits:
Brian Cashman said he can’t envision trading Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy. “I know I’m going to be tested,” he said. “And while no player is untouchable, some are more untouchable than others.”
He went on to say that they didn’t develop those pitchers to trade them.
Some people seem convinced a Damon/Crede trade is going to be made soon. However Cashman said he has no significant discussions and Kenny Williams said he has backed off his usual aggressive approach and plans to carefully gauge the market.
Williams did insist that Crede is fully healthy and has already been cleared for baseball activities. But the Yankees think Damon is worth more than Crede and the White Sox don’t want to take on Damon’s salary. I’m not going to hammer you with a bunch of stats because I have other things to do. But this trade makes little sense for the Yankees on many fronts. Just because Chicago has two third basemen doesn’t mean the Yankees should trade for one of them.
Theo Epstein said Boston’s priority is signing Mike Lowell. What about A-Rod at shortstop? “We have a shortstop,” he said.
Marlins exec Larry Beinfest said the Marlins have no interest in talking to Scott Boras about A-Rod. But new Angels GM Tony Reagins welcomed talk about Rodriguez.
You’ll hear a lot about A-Rod and the Mets. But most of it is coming from Boras, directly or indirectly. With the Yankees out and Boston not much interested, Boras needs the Mets involved to drive up the price. Just the perception that the Mets are involved helps him.
The Mets would have to move David Wright to first base, trade Carlos Delgado and find a way to pay Rodriguez what he wants. The Wilpons have built a lucrative, contending team without going over the luxury tax threshold. Why would they start now?
But the Mets are always desperate to upstage the Yankees, so you never know.