Day 2 has to be more exciting than Day 1, right?
Granted, Joe Torre was elected to the Hall of Fame yesterday, and that was a pretty great moment for the Yankees. But we basically knew that was coming, and let’s face it, no one — except Torre, maybe — comes to the Winter Meetings wrapped up in Hall of Fame announcements. Trades! Signings! Rumors! That’s what the Winter Meetings are all about, and that stuff was pretty limited yesterday (especially compared to last week).
But here are five things we know about today…
1. Brian Cashman is here already. He was a late arrival yesterday, which isn’t all that unusual and probably didn’t hinder any sort of negotiation, but it might have left the Yankees a little quieter than usual through most of the day. Maybe having the GM in town will spark something interesting.
2. Curtis Granderson will be here too. It’s not really a Yankees story any more, but Granderson was a pretty key part of their plans for the past four years, and he’s now agreed to a four-year deal with the Mets. He’ll be introduced during a Winter Meetings press conference today. The Yankees originally traded for him during the 2009 Winter Meetings.
3. Masahiro Tanaka might gain some clarity today or tomorrow. Right now, it seems everyone keeps hearing different theories about whether Tanaka will be posted, but our friend Jeff Passan reports that the president of the Rakuten Golden Eagles is expected to be at the Winter Meetings today, which might lead to some concrete answers about whether Tanaka will be available. A decision will change the pitching market significantly one way or the other.
4. Joe Girardi will talk today. Each Major League manager meets with the media at least once during the Winter Meetings, and Girardi is scheduled for his official session this afternoon. Breaking significant news might be doubtful, but this will be the first he’s spoken since the Jacoby Ellsbury, Hiroki Kuroda and Kelly Johnson deals were official, and since the Carlos Beltran deal came together.
5. Robinson Cano is still heading to Seattle, Alex Rodriguez is still facing a possible suspension, the rotation is still one man short, and the bullpen still lacks depth. In other words, there’s still work to do, and the Yankees have proven they’re ready to make some moves. Maybe they’ll make one today.
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