I’m still making my way to California, but here are a few notes as we head into tomorrow’s opening of the General Managers’ Meetings.
• It’s pretty early in the process, so it’s not surprising that things have been quiet so far. Jayson Stark reports that agents are saying the Yankees have been especially slow in their free agent conversations. The assumption seems to be that the Yankees are waiting for their qualifying offers to be accepted or rejected.
• Ken Davidoff writes that Brian Cashman is expected to meet with Torii Hunter’s agent during this week’s meetings. Agent Larry Reynolds also represents B.J. Upton, but Hunter is seen as a much better fit for the Yankees current needs and financial desires.
• From that same Davidoff piece: Cashman will not meet with Mariano Rivera’s agent this week, but there’s a chance a Rivera deal could be done by the end of the week or sometime next week.
• Robinson Cano was picked as the Yankees best defensive player in the first ever Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards.
• Center field prospect Slade Heathcott was named the Arizona Fall League’s Player of the Week. He played in just two games but had 13 total bases.
• The Denvor Post reports that the Rockies’ manager search is down to two finalists: Walt Weiss and Matt Williams. That means former Yankees slugger Jason Giambi is out of the running.