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Late afternoon notes on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings

Posted By Chad Jennings On December 3, 2012 @ 5:52 pm In Misc | 325 Comments

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Just a few notes from Nashville, none of which specifically mention Alex Rodriguez…

[2]• Robinson Cano has officially committed to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. A total of 32 players were announced as having committed to the WBC, but Cano was the only Yankees player on the list. I’m sure there will be others eventually.

• One name consistently connected to the Yankees is former Mets outfielder Scott Hairston. [3]That said, Hairston seems to be gunning for a fairly substantial contract. He reportedly already has a two-year offer from the Tigers, [4] but he’s not planning to accept it.  [5]Hairston would, in theory, form half of a right field platoon (or simply provide some right-handed balance across the outfield).

• One name consistently coming up in wishful thinking for the Yankees is Padres third baseman Chase Headley, but a Padres official told Joel Sherman: “We’re not going to move Headley.” [6]

• Another infield depth candidate is Jeff Keppinger. His agent claims that teams are not at all hesitant to sign Keppinger [7]in the wake of his offseason injury. Could make sense for the Yankees in the right circumstance. The two have been connected in speculation.

• Doesn’t matter that the Blue Jays already have more catchers than they need, they claimed Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Yankees. [8]

• So much for signing Joakim Soria to a team-friendly one-year deal so that he can reestablish himself. He reportedly got two years and $8-9 million from the Rangers. [9]

• Another significant name came off the board today as Angel Pagan re-signed with the Giants. [10] Pagan got a four-year deal.

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[3] outfielder Scott Hairston. : https://twitter.com/Joelsherman1/status/275683313480499200

[4] a two-year offer from the Tigers,: https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/275724541903372290

[5] not planning to accept it. : https://twitter.com/AdamRubinESPN/statuses/275726199970484225

[6] “We’re not going to move Headley.”: https://twitter.com/Joelsherman1/status/275691927171629056

[7] not at all hesitant to sign Keppinger : https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/275628771942490113

[8] they claimed Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Yankees. : https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/275671270044073984

[9] two years and $8-9 million from the Rangers. : https://twitter.com/DKnobler/statuses/275724663114563584

[10] Angel Pagan re-signed with the Giants.: http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121203&content_id=40498046&vkey=news_sf&c_id=sf