Based on e-mail, some people seem to expect news to come out of the organizational meetings, which started today and finish up tomorrow in Tampa.
I’m sure Hank Steinbrenner will have something to say via his enablers in the Associated Press. But don’t expect much else.
Making free agent wish lists is fine in October. But negotiations don’t start for another month.
Andy Pettitte has been saying for months he wants to come back and there is little doubt he’ll agree to a one-year deal. Mike Mussina, out of respect for the Yankees, will formalize his decision before too long. Most people in the organization still believe he will retire. But that could change.
The Yankees would welcome the return of Bobby Abreu if he’s willing to accept a reasonable, short-term deal. But why would he do that? The only real question among the free agents is whether to pick up Damaso Marte’s $6 million option.
That’s too much for him. But picking it up creates options. You can trade him or you can use him in the bullpen and let Phil Coke develop as a starter. As the Yankees have proven in recent years, finding lefty relievers is not easy.
Giambi, Pudge and Pavano? Good luck, good bye, don’t let the door hit you on your bruised buttocks.
Because the Yankees are the Yankees, the meetings have somehow become an event. But it’s really not a big deal.