Bring in the “noise”

Brian Cashman had not left his hotel suite at the Indianapolis Marriott
all day, and that made for a busy afternoon filled with topics that he could not discuss with reporters, referring it to it only as “noise” and later apologizing for the silliness of the semantics.

In addition to the
unfinalized three-way trade with the D-backs and Tigers, New York
engaged with a number of clubs and agents on Tuesday, including the
representatives for left-handed starter Andy Pettitte and designated
hitter Hideki Matsui.

Cashman called the meeting with Arn
Tellem, who represents Matsui, “informative,” but added that if the
Yankees have any interest at all in the World Series MVP, it would be
only as a designated hitter.

“[Tellem] answered certain things
for me that I’ll be able to utilize in my meetings with my staff and
talk to ownership about too,” Cashman said. “I got some information
that was important.”

As for Pettitte, the Yankees are continuing
to work with agent Randy Hendricks toward finding a dollar figure that
will work to put the veteran back in the rotation behind CC Sabathia
and A.J. Burnett for one more season in pinstripes.

“Obviously I did talk to [Hendricks] more than once,” Cashman said. “We’ll just keep talking.”

said that he did not speak with Scott Boras, the agent for Johnny
Damon, but that he had done so “recently.” Damon told the New York
Daily News on Tuesday that the Curtis Granderson deal doesn’t affect
him much and that he doesn’t expect Boras to find a deal during the
Winter Meetings.

“We’re talking to other teams and gauging interest, trying to see the
teams I can help improve and get to the postseason,” Damon said. “I
think there’s still a chance I’ll be back, though.”

1 Comment

I think the Yankees would be better of resigning Damon, but only if it means that they would be trading Melky. It kind of disturbs me that Olney said they would trade Swisher. Although Cashman doesn’t just give anybody away. I trust him.


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