Truth is, you never really wrap up a day of the Winter Meetings. You never know when someone is going to get a returned phone call, stumble into an executive with news or land a valuable piece of information. It’s an on-going… what’s the word?
The other truth is, the Winter Meetings are everything I was told and nothing I expected. You can see pictures of an overflowing lobby — that picture, by the way, is roughly one-third of the Marriott lobby — and you can be briefed by those who have been there, but experiencing the Winter Meetings is like nothing else. Much of the day is spent standing around doing nothing, but doing it frantically.
Here’s what we’ve learned on Day 1…
• The Yankees have talked to Andy Pettitte’s agents, and Pettitte is open to coming back to the Yankees.
• The Yankees have discussed Jason Marquis (but it’s impossible to say whether the Yankees are interested in Marquis, or Marquis is interested in the Yankees).
• Brian Bruney is going to the Nationals.
• The Yankees have the first pick of the Rule 5 draft (that’s a fact, not a rumor).
• Left field is a priority, designated hitter is not.
By the way, here’s the full Brian Cashman quote about where DH ranks in his list of offseason priorities. Doesn’t mean they won’t sign a DH right away, just means it’s not close to the top if their must-do list.
“Pitching, pitching, pitching, and then obviously left field,” Cashman said. “Those are the obvious areas we need to focus on. The DH spot is important, there’s no doubt about that. There are players like our own, Hideki Matsui, who can fit that bill. There are players on the current roster who could fit that bill. We have players from within the system that could be promoted to fit that bill. There are a number of ways that we could go there that can be answered at a later date.”