Ready to go in Dallas

The lobby of the Hilton Anatole was buzzing when I checked in last night, and the obvious talk of the evening was Jose Reyes’ reported agreement with the Miami Marlins, switching National League East rivals after playing his entire professional career to date in a Mets uniform. 

On the Yankees’ end, everything seems much quieter, though there’s a steady stream of people who believe that Brian Cashman may just be playing possum and will be ready to strike on something at a moment’s notice. At least for the purposes of Sunday night, he was playing elf in Stamford, Conn., rappelling off a 22-story building with plans of arriving in Dallas on Monday.

Here’s what he told Jay Greenberg about his Winter Meetings plans:

“We have a good team,” he said. “It’s hard to make it better, but we’ll do everything we can within reason to try to make it better. I don’t know if we will or not. Trying to concentrate on our pitching. I was on the phone all weekend, like I am all the time — made some offers, received some ideas but nothing getting any traction.”

It sounds like Cashman feels like Hector Noesi is something of a safety net in a rotation that figures to include CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett and Freddy Garcia at this moment. Will the Yankees find a way to improve upon that? It depends on the other teams’ asking prices coming down, as Cashman has mentioned several times. 

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