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Hello from Nashville

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Hello from the entirely other planet that is the Opryland Hotel. I’m about to meet an old friend for dinner — she was actually my date to my first or second high school dance, been a great friend of mine for a very long time — and I’m trying to decide whether to eat near the river, next to the water fall or in the jungle. All of which are legitimate locations inside this hotel.

Some of the Yankees group has already arrived, but Brian Cashman won’t fly into town until tomorrow. He’s climbing down a building tonight. You know, just another one of those Sundays when your GM dresses like an elf and goes rappelling.

A few names to keep in mind as we prepare for tomorrow’s opening of the Winter Meetings:

Eric Chavez
The third baseman’s agent says Chavez wants to play again, [2]and obviously the Yankees could use a backup third baseman who can hit right-handers. If they can’t find one guy to backup at third and short, could the combination of Chavez and Eduardo Nunez do the job? Is the Yankees need for a third baseman too great to risk another year of injury-prone Chavez?

Nate Schierholtz
The left-swinging outfielder has been non-tendered by the Phillies, and Buster Olney says the Yankees are in the mix. [3]Schierholtz alone won’t solve the right field situation — the past few years he’s hit right-handers, but hasn’t hit lefties at all — but he could be a significant part of a platoon.

Stephen Drew
This isn’t the first time the Yankees have been linked to Drew [4]as solution to their infield depth problem. Of course, Drew is a shortstop, not a utility man. He’s never played another position in the big leagues, so his role in New York might be as a fairly high-profile backup/insurance plan behind Derek Jeter.