Flying to California later on today for the General Manager Meetings. They get started on Monday and run through roughly mid-day on Thursday.
There will be multiple blog entries, audio clips and we’re hoping to do a live video chat on location.
Traditionally, the GM Meetings serve as a precursor to the Winter Meetings. But it was in Orlando at the GM Meetings a year ago when Brad Lidge was traded to the Phillies. With players like Jake Peavy and Matt Holliday on the market, there could be some early moves. We’ve already seen Florida 1B Mike Jacobs dealt to the Royals for reliever Leo Nunez. The penny-pinching Marlins could make a few more such deals.
George King of the Post reported today that the Yankees would not pick up the $6 million option on Damaso Marte. As he is a Class A free agent, Marte would net them two draft picks. The Yankees also could sign Marte back at a cheaper rate.
I’m a little surprised by this given how difficult it is to find left-handed relievers. Rookie Phil Coke pitched well, but September statistics for a team playing out the string are difficult to quantify.
So check in tomorrow for all the chatter.