Two weeks into the Yankees offseason, most of the team’s activity has occurred behind closed doors. Brian Cashman and Billy Eppler met with the team’s pro scouting department this week to discuss the state of the organization and the outside targets that might make this team better.
In so many ways, the Yankees pro scouting meetings mark the first step toward next season. As Cashman said last week, these discussions set the team’s course for the next three-plus months.
For these past two weeks, though, things have been fairly quiet.
• Cashman is still waiting for a new contract, but no one seems concerned. It’s seemed inevitable that a new deal will be worked out by the end of the month. Cashman said last week that he might not even travel down to Tampa to negotiate.
• Joba Chamberlain’s recovery from Tommy John surgery is still progressing, including throws from 60 feet last week. He’s hoping to be on a mound before spring training.
• An easy call for the Yankees: They declined their 2012 option for Damaso Marte. Aside from the 2009 playoffs — when he was a significant piece of a championship — Marte’s time with the Yankees was a bust.
• We learned that Jesus Montero will not be playing winter ball this year, but Hector Noesi will be working as a winter starter and could compete for a rotation spot next season.
• Still nothing new to report on CC Sabathia, and Cashman indicated that he would not be in contact with the team’s pending free agents — Eric Chavez, Freddy Garcia, etc. — until after those pro scouting meetings, so things could begin to take shape in the coming week.
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