Hey look, it’s Don Mattingly. The former Yankees first baseman and current Dodgers manager spoke this afternoon on Day Two of baseball’s Winter Meetings. Joe Girardi’s official media session is tomorrow, though at this point, it’s hard to expect him to say much.
“I talked to Cash a little bit,” Girardi said when he arrived this afternoon. “It doesn’t seem like there’s ever a whole lot that goes on here, but I think there’s a lot of groundwork a lot of times that’s kind of started here.”
That’s not always true. Two years ago, the Yankees made big moves at the Winter Meetings, signing Andy Pettitte and trading for Curtis Granderson. A year before that — though not necessarily at the Winter Meetings — the Yankees traded for Nick Swisher and signed CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira.
Obviously this is a different kind of winter.
“We had a lot of money coming off of our payroll in ’08,” Brian Cashman said. “So the decisions we made in the winter of ‘09, that was kind of like our 2010 and 2011 Winter Meetings combined. We’re still living off a lot of those decisions that we made that winter, and it’s benefited us. We’ve improved our club or tried to in various ways since then, but that obviously was a big, defining winter for us, no different than what Miami seems to be trying to do right now for them.”
• There have been no talks about a multi-year deal with Russell Martin, but Cashman said he’s not opposed to such a thing. “Russell, I don’t mind at all having here in the short or the long term,” he said. “I haven’t had any discussion with him whatsoever, and that doesn’t mean we’ll have that, but he lived up to everything I hoped he could.”
• Cashman said the trade market includes pitchers who would clearly upgrade the Yankees rotation — he’s been offered pitchers he likes — but those pieces aren’t worth the current cost. “I’m very comfortable turning down everything that’s been offered my way so far,” he said. “I think if I made it public, I think everyone in this room would say no to those things too.”
• As he’s said for a while now, Cashman again pointed to the Yankees already-high payroll to suggest he won’t be making any major moves. “It’s hard to add to that,” he said. “It’s hard to look at ownership and say, is there any more to do? Don’t get me wrong, I’ll ask, it’s just not as easy getting a yes anymore on that stuff, and understandably so.”
• Cashman wouldn’t say which agents he met with this afternoon, but he called those conversations “informative” rather than productive. “Productive implies I feel like we’re going to get somewhere,” he said. “Right now, productive is too strong a word. We’re working. We’re working. But I think it’s going to be hard to add to what we have currently.”
• The Yankees still do not have their coaching staff in place, but Cashman said that’s not an indication of anything. He’s just prioritizing the free agent market before he settles on coaching contracts.
• Former Yankees farmhand — and brief big league contributor — Juan Miranda has signed a minor league deal with the Rays. So has Jhonny Nunez, another former Yankees minor leaguer.
• Girardi on his former team, the Marlins, spending big this winter: “It’s good for baseball. They have a new stadium and they’re excited about it. It’s good for baseball. They had hoped they would get their new stadium and they would be able to do those type of things. Our roster is pretty set (with the Yankees). We have a lot of guys on long-term deals already, so that’s why maybe there’s not a lot happening for us.”
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