Just a few notes and links on this first day of the GM Meetings.
• According to Jason Stark, the Yankees have their first new addition. They’ve signed an outfielder named Antoan Richardson to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. He’s 30 years old, a switch hitter, and he’s shown impressive speed and on-base skills in the minors. He has a cup of coffee in the big leagues with Atlanta. Just a depth move, but it looks like he does some things well. He has a .381 career on-base percentage in Triple-A.
Joel Sherman reports that the Diamondbacks want to interview Mike Harkey and Scott Aldred for Arizona’s open pitching coach job, and the Yankees are likely going to allow the interviews. It would be a real jerk move to not let these guys interview for promotions. Bullpen coach is kind of an odd job, and it’s hard to quantify Harkey’s impact on the Yankees staff. Aldred, though, has a great reputation among pitchers who come through and come out of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
• Curtis Granderson has turned down the Yankees qualifying offer, but even if that ends his time with the Yankees, it might not end his time in New York. The Mets are among the team’s showing early interest in him.
• Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are among the teams considering Phil Hughes. It’s worth noting that the Royals pitching coach is Dave Eiland, who worked with Hughes both in the minor leagues and in New York.
• A lot of negative stuff to write about Alex Rodriguez these days, but he did a good thing on Sunday by meeting with the family of missing autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo. Maybe it’s just a publicity thing — questions like that come up a lot, especially when the player in question is in a position like A-Rod is in — but bottom line, he did a decent thing.
• Not a Yankees story, but pretty interesting: The Twins announced today that Joe Mauer will move full-time to first base next season. Catching seemed to take a toll on Mauer, and he’s hoping to stay healthy. His bat will play anywhere. Being a catcher is tough, man.
• Troy Tulowitzki has long been a sort of pipe dream for Yankees fans. He’s a known Derek Jeter admirer, and he’s arguably the best all-around shortstop in the game, so there was always some talk about whether the Yankees could acquire him as a Jeter replacement. If any team is able to land him, though, it might be the Cardinals, who are reportedly interested and talking about possibly giving up some young pitching to get the shortstop.