Six Meetings Before Lunch was the name of a West Wing episode. That’s why the headline is what it is. In this case, it makes little sense. I have no reason to believe these particular meetings actually happened before lunch, and really, who cares if they did? It’s basically just the headline that popped into my head, so I went with it. What do you want from me?
1. Japanese baseball officials met with MLB today
This is part of the attempt to change the posting system, which has fairly significant implications, but for the Yankees it only matter because of Masahiro Tanaka. According to Ben Badler, it seems to be expected that a deal will be worked out and Tanaka will become available, but obviously the sooner the better for the Yankees. There aren’t a lot of Plan Bs out there, and there certainly aren’t many viable Plan Bs that don’t blow payroll goal out of the water.
2. The Yankees met with Robinson Cano’s agents today
No surprise, the two sides are still said to be facing a significant gap. Dan Barbarisi reports that conversations will continue tomorrow. We already knew the two sides were going to meet this week, and we’ve expected for a quite a while that negotiations might take a while. It’s interesting that no other serious Cano suitor has emerged in the offseason rumor mill. It seems everyone is waiting for that asking price to come down a little bit.
Which of these two meetings was most important for the Yankees? I’d argue the posting system meeting carries more weight at the moment. The Cano situation is going through the usual steps of a high-profile negotiation. The posting system situation is a little more unusual. The Yankees need someone, anyone, to get that one ironed out.
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