A few notes at the end of the third day of the GM Meetings.
• Joel Sherman hears that a David Freese trade isn’t likely for the Yankees. Sherman says the Yankees are hesitant to add a right-handed third baseman before they know the verdict of the Alex Rodriguez appeal. I wonder if that approach applies more heavily to trade targets like Freese — who could, in theory, be traded at any time — than it does to free agents who could be gone before the appeal hearing is over.
• Scratch free agent reliever Brian Wilson off the list of possible Yankees targets. His agent has informed the team that Wilson won’t shave his beard, and that’s a deal-breaker for the Yankees. You really can’t predict baseball.
• A new contract for Brendan Ryan is “close” according to Sherman. No surprise that the deal isn’t expected to be a very big one, more of a backup-plan-sized signing.
• A Ryan-type utility man came off the board today when Nick Punto signed a one-year deal with the Oakland A’s. Punto is getting $2.75 million with an option for 2015. Punto is older, but he and Ryan have been fairly similar players. Might be a window into roughly what to expect from a Ryan contract.
• Brian Cashman acknowledged meeting with agents for Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and others in Orlando. It’s worth mentioning yet again that it’s a bit early to read too much into these meetings.
• Mickey Mantle’s family has donated $40,000 to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. The money was raised by an online auction of Mantle’s 1960 contract with the New York Yankees.