When Brian Cashman left the Winter Meetings four days ago, he said nothing was imminent. No trade was on the verge of happening, no free agent was about to sign. In that same media session, though, Cashman said he had met with the agent for Ben Sheets. The day before he told us he had met with the agent for John Lackey. He’s said many times that he’s already met with Johnny Damon’s agent, Scott Boras.
All of that is helpful information, but it doesn’t always tell us much.
Damon says he hasn’t gotten an offer from the Yankees. Doesn’t mean the Yankees and Boras haven’t talked enough to get a feel for where the other side stands. Just means there isn’t an offer. Nothing is close.
As we’re considering the Yankees next move, just know that things are fairly wide open. The free agent market was just finalized over the weekend. None of the three biggest free agents have signed to help set the market. We know Cashman has talked to a lot of teams and a lot of agents, but it’s hard to know which are legitimate options and which are conversations that will go no further.