“Trust none of what you hear. And less of what you see. This is what will be, this is what will be.”
Those are lyrics to the Bruce Springsteen song Magic and they should be the anthem of the Winter Meetings.
In the case of the Yankees vs. the Red Sox, there is no verdict. Rumors are flying, many of them imaginary.
The Red Sox let it leak that that Minnesota requested the medical records of Jon Lester. That could be an indication that something is close or merely another clumsy method to try and shake another prospect out of Brian Cashman.
Good luck with that. Brian Cashman was the picture of cool in his suite yesterday, sitting back in a chair with white adidas kicks, jeans and a sweatshirt. He has lasted 11 years in this job, about 10 more than anybody expected when he started. What’s the worse that can happen?
If Minnesota is willing to trade the great Johan Santana for a replacement level center fielder and three prospects, good for them. If Boston is willing to sink another $100 million into a pitcher, good for them as well.
If the Yankees do nothing whatsoever, they bring back the team that was the best in baseball for the final four months of the season. Only iith more innings out of Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes.
The bullpen needs work (Cashman can’t actually have that much faith in Krazy Kyle, can he?) and it would be nice to have an actual first baseman instead of 1,765 candidates. But those are issues that can he addressed.
As Cashman said yesterday, Alan Horne, Steven White and Jeff Marquez could be converted to the bullpen just like Chamberlain was. Better to try that trio than to sink $4 million a year into the likes of LaTroy Hawkins.
So relax a little. Take a cue from your GM, the worst than can happen is that the Yankees will be a heck of a team.