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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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