Considering all last week’s activity, this was a fairly odd day at the Winter Meetings. It wasn’t only the Yankees who were quiet, it seemed every team was laying low a little bit. Even the rumor mill seemed a little less active than most Winter Meeting openers. Maybe the league needed a bit of a breather after last week’s flurry of activity.
Red Sox manager John Farrell did speak with reporters today and address two of the Yankees bigger moves.
On Jacoby Ellsbury: “He’s a darn good player. When he was playing at his full capacity… I think everyone has to take into account that he played with a broken foot, he played with a beat-up left thumb, and I think he proved to a lot of people, including himself, that he’s very capable. And he’s certainly a very dynamic player, disruptive on the base paths. How we replace him is more about what our team’s capability of scoring runs are rather than one individual player coming in to compare directly to Jacoby. I know that’s the natural comparison. We’re going to miss Jacoby. He’s a very good player.”
On Robinson Cano: “(I think about the fact) That we’ll only face him seven or ten times instead of 19. You know what, free agency does some different things, and he’s a great player. You remember as a pitching coach, he’s a guy that keeps you up at night trying to find ways to attack him. But I’m glad he’s out of the East.”
As you might expect, Rays manager Joe Maddon seemed to be looking for any sort of deeper impact of the Yankees losing Cano and gaining Ellsbury.
“Ellsbury, I think, is going to show more power, obviously, because he can (pull) the ball,” Maddon said. “He can get into the right-center spot, so his home runs will probably come back up again. … A lot of the behind the scenes stuff to me is the most interesting part of that. You know what they’re like as players and what you pretty much expect to perform on the field. But I don’t know what the dynamic is inside the building, and that is really important too.”