Welcome to Day 1 of baseball’s Winter Meetings, where the Marlins already have a head start after last night’s agreement with Jose Reyes. The Marlins are spending big this winter — they’ve already agreed to a deal with Heath Bell — and they’re obviously generating the early buzz here in Dallas.
Most of the game’s movers and shakers have already arrived at the Hilton Anatole for four days of meetings both big and small. It’s the small meetings – the ones taking place behind closed doors – that we’re most interested in. With so many general manager and agents in the same spot, the Winter Meetings are an annual hot bed of hot stove action, hence the massive media presence.
So, what are the Yankees in for this week?
Brian Cashman has said he doesn’t expect to make much news during these four days. In fact, he’s not even arriving in Dallas until this evening. There are going to be conversations, and of course the Yankees will check on various targets, but there might not be the Curtis Granderson splash of 2009 or the Cliff Lee saga of 2010.
Cashman will likely meet with the Yankees beat writers once a day, and Joe Girardi will be here to address the media on Wednesday. Away from official interview sessions, there will be a lot of lobby loitering in hopes of seeing someone – anyone – who might have a nugget of information.
There are plenty of reporters here from every market, so even if the Yankees are quiet, there will be no shortage of information coming out of this place. The Rule 5 draft is on Thursday morning before everyone leaves. People usually clear out pretty quickly after the Rule 5.
The Winter Meetings are just getting started. Don’t forget, I’m hosting a chat at noon. Hope to see you all then.
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