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Generally quiet heading into GM Meetings

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 14, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When he signed a new three-year contract earlier this month, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman pledged a conservative, no-need-to-panic approach to the offseason. So far, it’s been exactly that.

Still in the early stages of a so-far quiet offseason, Cashman and the rest of baseball’s general managers will settle into Milwaukee this week for the annual GM Meetings. The GM Meetings run Tuesday and Wednesday, followed immediately by the Owners Meetings. Everyone will be out of town by Thursday night.

Cashman will certainly be gone by then. He’s attending the 15th Annual Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Dinner on Staten Island on Thursday night.

So what to expect from these three days? Probably best to into these meetings expecting very little. A lot of GMs will talk, but the free agent market is just beginning to come into focus, and the GM Meetings are never as exciting as next month’s Winter Meetings. The GM Meetings are usually a lot of talk and little action.

Certainly the Collective Bargaining Agreement will be a topic of discussion, but there is reportedly little reason to expect a resolution this week. The final sticking points seem to involve fairly significant changes to the draft, including the possibility of a bonus ceiling, which would certainly impact the Yankees.

As for player moves: Today’s not much different than yesterday, which means it’s not much different than two or three weeks ago. The Yankees are in the market for pitching, they’re in the market for role players, and they have the prospects to swing a significant trade if they so desire.

Cashman has publicly taken a conservative stance, but you never know what he has up his sleeve.

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