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Maybe things will heat up in Dallas

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’m flying to Dallas this morning. Maybe the hot stove will heat up down there.

Baseball’s Winter Meetings begin on Monday, but Brian Cashman has made it clear that he’s not optimistic he’ll get anything done in these next four days. Something could happen, Cashman just doesn’t expect anything to happen.

“If you’re asking me do I expect to do something in the next week? No,” Cashman said on Friday. “But I’ve had enough conversations where I could wind up doing something today. A lot of work has been done. A lot of conversations have been had. If somebody bends or adjusts, then I’m ready to make a recommendation for us to make a move.”

Cashman is flying to Dallas on Monday. The Winter Meetings are always good for some sort of action. For now, here’s the rest of a fairly slow week in review…

• Mariano Rivera had surgery on his vocal cords. Should be fine in about two weeks, but the game’s greatest closer isn’t supposed to do any talking for the next few days.

• Bernie Williams is the among the players making their first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot this year.

• The Yankees still haven’t met face-to-face with C.J. Wilson, and they have no such meeting scheduled. Cashman has downplayed the idea of the Yankees signing a big name free agent this winter.

• Joe Girardi told the Daily News that he doesn’t expect a major addition to the rotation. He wouldn’t be surprised — or so he says — if the Yankees opened the season with CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett.

• While being honored by the March of Dimes, Mark Teixeira said that he’s planning to focus on his left-handed swing this offseason, putting in extra work on the side of the plate that gave him trouble last season.

• Cashman is going to rappel down the Landmark Building in Stamford again. Tonight’s the main event, but on Friday he did a few practice runs, did a television interview on his way down the building and spoke highly of new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.

• Curtis Granderson helped open a new playground in the Bronx. He said he wasn’t surprised to see Justin Verlander win the MVP.

• Playoff shares were announced. The Yankees split $1,718,977.33. Not bad.

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20 Responses to “Maybe things will heat up in Dallas”

  1. tomingeorgia December 4th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    The calm before the storm?

  2. tomingeorgia December 4th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Longest spell of dead air I can remember, even in the middle of the night.

  3. Gary December 4th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Tom, watch football :-)

  4. tomingeorgia December 4th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Gary,
    Or worse, golf.

  5. Red Robin December 4th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    The Detroit Tigres’ Ramon Santiago’s slash line for 2011 (both regular and post-season) in the clutch :

    .338/ .379/ .587

    Impressive . No ?

  6. Red Robin December 4th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Cashman , get on the phone with Dombrowski .

    Now !

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 4th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    From Eric Karabell’s blog on top offense for 2012:

    4. New York Yankees: Six New York Yankees will hit 30 or more home runs. Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, a rejuvenated Alex Rodriguez, a still-viable Nick Swisher, 2012 AL MVP Robinson Cano (for the first time with 30 homers) and rookie catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero is the sixth. He’s legit, he’s catcher-eligible and he’s in my top 100.

    :)

    If you want to read up on the Sux, you’ll have to scroll all the way down to #9. By the way, he automatically gave the first two spots to the WS contenders. After that he went in order of best offense. So he ranked the Yanks at 2, behind the Phils.

  8. Red Robin December 4th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    News For The 1% :

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12.....1&hpw

    ( This link is not for you , 99% ! )

  9. jacksquat December 4th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I’m surprised there isn’t more discussion about the Yankees planning to get under the $189 mil salary cap by 2014. That’s a pretty significant change. Or maybe no one believes it? :)

  10. dogface December 4th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Or maybe no one believes it?

    =================

    There you go.

  11. lounge lizard December 4th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Or maybe no one read it

    I thought Sherman was pretty compelling and, even as a greedy fan, I don’t really have a problem with it because it makes a lot of sense.

    I’d just like to see them making more of a push to win it all in 2012-13, when they still have a chance to win one more with Jeter and Mo. Like, say, rolling the dice on a two-year deal with Beltran instead of sticking with Swish and miss.

  12. blake December 4th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I think it’ll depend on need…..if themoney Yanks prospects develop as they hope and they can field a championship team under 189 million then I believe they will……if they don’t then I think they’ll adjust the old budget again……for the Yankees winning is better for business than worrying about the luxury tax. They have to win to keep the machine rolling……this ain’t Wrigley field

  13. blake December 4th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    What I mean by that is Yankee fans will hold the club accountable for putting a quality product on the field……they wont accept a lower payroll if the club isn’t winning.

  14. Nilsson December 4th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    That $189M mark is very important. Potentially, Yanks get a big tax relief not once but twice if they adhere to it. It’s a huge deal. Just one more reason to become, dare I say, prospect huggers. The new CBA overall has raised the value of good prospects and cost-controlled players even higher.

    This team is pretty solid. There’s no need to make rash moves just for the sake of making ‘em. Swisher is not a problem on this team. And no, using his post-season sample size to determine his worth is a bad idea.

  15. RhapsodyInBlue December 4th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Actually if it was going to happen the timing of the new CBA is decent news for the Yankees considering some of the prospects that they have who are close and some of the contracts that will be expiring.

  16. blake December 4th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Boston and Philly may have a tougher time staying both competitive and under that threshold than the Yankees……

  17. austinmac December 4th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    The low postings reflect on fans feelings the team will do nothing of note this off season. Lack of fan excitement will result in lower attendance and income. I think we saw that last year. George’s theory was to create fan interest all year. It worked. The new keep the payroll under $189M mantra will, IMO, cost them money and ultimately lose them profits

  18. blake December 4th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    ” The new keep the payroll under $189M mantra will, IMO, cost them money and ultimately lose them profits”

    I this k it depends……as long as they win I don’t think it matters……but if they don’t then Yankee fans will stop going to the games and they’ll stand to lose more in revenue than they’d pay in luxury tax. The Yanks are about winning……so its always in their best financial interest to do everything they can to win.

  19. Gary December 4th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Nilsson December 4th, 2011 at 11:27 am
    That $189M mark is very important. Potentially, Yanks get a big tax relief not once but twice if they adhere to it. It’s a huge deal. Just one more reason to become, dare I say, prospect huggers. The new CBA overall has raised the value of good prospects and cost-controlled players even higher.

    This team is pretty solid. There’s no need to make rash moves just for the sake of making ‘em. Swisher is not a problem on this team. And no, using his post-season sample size to determine his worth is a bad idea.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Swisher is a problem on this team, how can you not use his playoff performance?? Guys falls on his face every year.

  20. Gary December 4th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    austinmac December 4th, 2011 at 11:45 am
    The low postings reflect on fans feelings the team will do nothing of note this off season. Lack of fan excitement will result in lower attendance and income. I think we saw that last year. George’s theory was to create fan interest all year. It worked. The new keep the payroll under $189M mantra will, IMO, cost them money and ultimately lose them profits

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Maybe they won’t, but we will have to see. You can’t take any of the comments in the media as indicative of what’s going on. They all play this game and the Yanks have been doing their best to lower expectations as much as possible. What is the truth? Management knows they have a good club, but not a championship club. In order for the Yanks to be a top contender they need to solve the DH problem (Montero?), and add to their SP and the bench. I’ve been vocal that there are too many people who consistently don’t showup for the payoffs lead by our RF’er. Hopefully they find a solution to that problem also.


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