That the culture of the Yankees has changed became clear today when Joe Girardi, bench coach Rob Thomson and pitching coach Dave Eiland arrived at the GM Meetings.
Managers normally do not attend this event, never mind coaches. But Brian Cashman clearly wants Girardi heavily involved in the process of building the roster for 2008. Girardi and coaches also have started planning out spring training.
In what I took as a good sign, Girardi came over and spent about a 30 minutes talking to four of us from New York. A lot of it was informal, but he also spoke candidly about Florida 3B Miguel Cabrera.
Girardi managed Cabrera and talked about his issues. But he made it a point several times to say that Cabrera always played hard for him. Girardi didn’t say whether he would push for the Yankees to obtain him. But he said he wouldn’t recommend against the idea.
Girardi will be here through tomorrow. It’s a smart move by Cashman, getting his new manager this involved. It also says a lot about Girardi and the influence he wants to have.