Greetings from Giants Stadium, where it’s halftime of Giants-Cowboys and there is a lovely marching band playing at the 50-yard line. How their hands aren’t falling off is beyond me.
Chad is either en route or recently arrived in Indianapolis for the winter meetings this week and will check in shortly, but on my ride to the stadium today I was thinking about what the two most important things the Yankees should hope to accomplish this week are. To me, they’re:
1. Move closer to a resolution in left field. Scott Boras says Johnny Damon has plenty of teams interested but Damon has made it clear he wants to stay in New York. I still like Damon over someone like Mike Cameron; can the Yankees work out a deal to fill the biggest starting lineup hole they have?
2. Get a solid feel for whether they’re in or out on Roy Halladay. Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos figures to be the most popular man at the meetings and the Yankees – and their supposedly-lowering payroll – may not be willing to meet the money-plus-prospects cost that getting Doc will probably take. This week should be a good indicator, though, of whether they want to stay in the conversation.
Honorable mention: Pitcher reclamation projects (Harden, Sheets, et. al), Andy Pettitte, due diligence on Matt Holliday.
Remember, the baseball market has changed over the past few years so that more deals are finalized in January (and February) than ever before, meaning the winter meetings aren’t necessarily where everything is going to happen. Still, this is an important week for setting the course of a team’s offseason.