Actually, the headline is a bit of a lie. There wasn’t much news coming out of the hotel lobby this morning and afternoon, just a handful of noteworthy items.
As you already know, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman preached patience on Monday. Shown here in another bit of iPhone photography, Cashman said he’s not even sure the Yankees will sign a deal by the end of the 15-day window in which they have exclusive access to negotiate with their own free agents. That 15-day window, by the way, started on Thursday.
“I doubt it but I don’t know,” he said. “Right now I can only focus on these meetings. I don’t know what the back end of the 15-day period is going to be like.”
Other things to keep in mind.
• Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Andy Pettitte each played well in the playoffs, but don’t expect that to sway the Yankees decision on whether to bring them back. “What they were when they went into October, that’s what they still are regardless of how well or how poorly they played in October,” Cashman said.
• Last year’s addition of Mark Teixeira came with this year’s free agent market in mind. “You look at the available free agent market going forward,” Cashman said. “We felt like we were going to need that type of impact bat, and we needed to move on it last year because this year those type of bats weren’t going to be as available.”
• Decisions about the 2010 role of Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain have yet to be made. Same thing with Austin Jackson. “Austin had a terrific year,” Cashman said. “We’ll have our internal meetings (about) whether he’s ready to take it over.” Cashman stressed several times that nothing is off the table.
• One thing Cashman feels likely to accomplish during the GM Meetings is getting a firm grasp of the trade market. “I’m open minded,” he said. “I’m not looking into anything other than I’m going to come in here and look at what the trade market is, then we’ll gather all of our pro scouts together. We’ll take a strategy from there.”
Some links to check out…
MLBTradeRumors Top 50 free agents.
Including guesses of where they’ll end up.
Interesting Jerry Crasnick article.
Crasnick asked eight questions to 20 front office types. A lot of Yankees stuff in there.