The GMs just made themselves available to the media for an hour. As an aside, kudos to Theo Epstein and Larry Beinfest for suggesting this. In previous years, the GM Meetings were frustrating to cover. You had to stand around the lobby of the hotel waiting for GMs to walk by. Then we would literally chase them down a hallway.
Now you still stand around the lobby looking for agents. But the GMs make themselves available at 2 p.m. and you can talk to anybody you want. Epstein and Beinfest, who are co-chairmen of the meetings this season, came up with the idea.
They also had every GM stand up before the group on Tuesday and list what their needs are so the other teams could get a sense of what trades could be made. Brian Cashman and other GMs said that helped eliminate a lot of wasted time.
Now onto the latest news:
Cashman said that he wants Johnny Damon to be his leadoff hitter and left fielder next season. That leaves Hideki Matsui as the DH and Jason Giambi in the same limbo he was in this season. A little first, a little DH, a little off the bench.
The Yankees know that The Big G can’t stay healthy.
Cashman said 1B is not a concern, at least not as much of one as other spots. He listed off Shelley Duncan, Giambi, Andy Phillips and Wilson Betemit as players who can work there. And while he had praise for Doug Mientkiewicz, he said he hadn’t decided whether the Yankees wanted to bring him back. i would take that to mean they don’t.
As for third base, Cashman said he personally believes Mike Lowell would go back to Boston. So if they are getting somebody, it would be via trade. He said he is open to any possibility, including moving Robbie Cano or trading for a shortstop and moving him to third.
“That’s what we did when we replaced Aaron Boone in 2004,” he said.
Miguel Tejada makes sense in that regard as the Yankees would need an offensive player. Baltimore’s Andy MacPhail said he was open to making any move because he believes his team needs to get younger. So maybe the Yankees could find a fit there.
Cashman also mentioned that he wanted to bring back Jose Molina and Luis Vizcaino. Presumably The Viz has had his arm re-attached by now.