Yankees at the Winter Meetings, Day 2

We’re getting started on what figures to be another busy day here at the Winter Meetings, held in the sprawling Opryland resort in Nashville — where you are literally given what looks like a treasure map to find your room upon check-in. No time to get lost: yesterday’s news on the Yankees front, as you well know, was all about A-Rod.

Now that we know Rodriguez is going to be out for at least the first few months of the season, the obvious question is, what are the Yankees going to do about it? A third baseman has been added to the Yankees’ need list, slotted right alongside a right fielder and a catcher, and Brian Cashman said yesterday that the market for third basemen is a tough one.

Here’s one suggestion: the Marlins are ready to entertain trade proposals for Yunel Escobar, who was recently acquired in the mega-deal from the Blue Jays and was projected to play third base this year for Miami. It has been reported that the Yankees are among the teams who have checked in with the Marlins regarding Escobar.

We mentioned in our Winter Meetings preview that the Yankees could entertain trading Curtis Granderson, and that remains a possibility. However, with A-Rod’s injury and Nick Swisher’s expected departure, the Yankees aren’t exactly in terrific position to punt on a 40-homer offensive force. You get the sense that Phil Hughes isn’t being considered off-limits in trade talk, either.

Thinking out loud: Would/could the Yankees put a package together to pry Justin Upton loose from the D-backs? Kevin Towers and Cashman get along famously, and the Yankees were able to trigger that three-team trade with Arizona and the Tigers at the Winter Meetings in 2009.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is heading for Nashville and is scheduled to meet with the media at 5:30 p.m. ET. There should be plenty more to chat about regarding A-Rod, like going back over the moments in Game 3 of the AL Division Series in which Rodriguez first complained about hip discomfort — right before Raul Ibanez’s big two-homer showing.

We’ll have more updates as the day goes on, but here’s some additional morning reading on MLB.com about A-Rod’s situation: Richard Justice says the Yankees can hold the fort without A-Rod, while Paul Hagen notes that the Phillies understand exactly what the Yankees are going through right now.

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