Is anyone bored yet?
The offseason is technically a week old, but the Yankees have been in offseason mode for a little more than two weeks, and it’s always hard to be patient at a time like this. A few teams have pulled off trades (Heath Bell, Chris Young, Ervin Santana, Mike Aviles and manager John Farrell are on the move) and a few teams have locked up their own free agents ( the Dodgers and Brandon League, the Mariners and Hisashi Iwakuma, the Red Sox and David Ortiz) but the Yankees have yet to make much noise. All they’ve really done is plant the seeds.
Mariano Rivera has decided to come back. Hiroki Kuroda might accept his qualifying offer. Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and David Aardsam had their options picked up. The team has decided to give Cesar Cabral another look.
For now, though, we’re waiting for that first big splash. It could very well be Kuroda, who has until 5 p.m. on Friday to accept or decline his one-year, $13.3-million offer. It’s generally assumed that Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano will decline, but this week is starting with a reasonable hope that a significant piece of the rotation will be added before the weekend.
There’s also this to look forward to: Baseball’s General Managers’ Meetings begin Wednesday in Indian Wells, Calif. Honestly, the GM Meetings are usually pretty quiet compared to the Winter Meetings — the offseason is too young for the free agent and trade markets to be perfectly clear — but the new free agent rules, and sweep-induced quick beginning to the offseason might open things up a little bit.
There’s at least a chance we’ll see some real activity this week.
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