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All quiet as things get started in California

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For those of you back on the East coast, mornings might be a little slow the rest of this week.

Out here in California, the General Managers Meetings are getting started. Of course, the time change means things aren’t likely to heat up until closer to noon ET or even later, but truth be told, the GM Meetings are usually fairly quiet anyway.

Last year’s highlights included Brian Cashman speculating that the Yankees wouldn’t be able to find a second lefty (they ultimately did in Clay Rapada), Cashman saying he would be willing to sacrifice hitting for pitching (two months later, the Jesus Montero trade happened), and Hal Steinbrenner giving vague comments about the Yankees commitment to remaining contender (he could basically give┬áthe exact same quotes this year).

If nothing else, these next three days might further set a foundation for the Yankees approach, but the team won’t know until Friday whether Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher or Hiroki Kuroda will accept their qualifying offer. For the time being, the key seems to be Kuroda. Getting him back could clarify some of the short-term rotation issues and help the Yankees determine whether they can focus their attention and resources elsewhere.

Right now, everyone is in wait-and-see mode.

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