Yankees notes & quotes from the Winter Meetings

The Yankees have had a busy two days here at the Winter Meetings, but thus far they have not been able to cross the finish line on any deals. General manager Brian Cashman is hopeful that they will leave Walt Disney World with at least one player in the fold, but he also understands that it is just as likely they’ll be able to continue conversations once the team contingent returns to New York.

Here’s a rundown of quick hits from yesterday’s coverage:

  • Plenty of teams are calling about Brett Gardner. The Yankees are listening, but not shopping him. Cashman said he has also received calls on Ivan Nova, Gary Sanchez and J.R. Murphy. The Yankees like having two players who could patrol center field in Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury.
  • The Yankees are moving on from Robinson Cano. Joe Girardi acknowledged that Cano wasn’t happy batting second last year. Cashman said that for $240 million, he would have done the same thing.
  • Joe Torre is about to have his number retired. New Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson took a good-natured swipe at his former team.
  • The Yankees have checked in with free agent third baseman Mark Reynolds. Cashman said he could see a right-handed batter platooning with Kelly Johnson at third base, but the Yankees also could play Johnson at second base or in the outfield.
  • A starting pitcher is more likely to be signed via free agency than acquired by trade. The top free agent starters are currently judged to be Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez. Like the rest of the league, the Yankees are waiting for clarity on the Masahiro Tanaka situation. Girardi named David Phelps, Adam Warren, Michael Pineda and Vidal Nuno as rotation candidates.
  • The Yankees asked the Reds about Homer Bailey, and were told no.
  • Cashman refused to speak to the Carlos Beltran situation, as Beltran’s contract is still not official. Speaking in general terms, Cashman said that the Yankees like the flexibility of a power switch-hitting combination like they’ve been accustomed to with Bernie Williams/Jorge Posada or Nick Swisher/Mark Teixeira.
  • Having a healthy Teixeira back at first base upgrades the Yankees, Cashman said. He still sees question marks at second base, third base and shortstop, though Joe Girardi said that Derek Jeter is “having a normal offseason” and “feels great.”
  • Girardi said that he is “not sure” how Ichiro Suzuki will be used. The Yankees would move Ichiro, who is due $6.5 million in 2014. The Giants aren’t a fit.
  • The Yankees are looking for bullpen help, both righties and lefties. They’re in touch with Boone Logan. Girardi sees David Robertson, Shawn Kelley and Preston Claiborne in the pen right now.
  • Michael Pineda is coming in healthy and will compete for a rotation spot. Gil Patterson saw him a month ago in the Dominican and reported that Pineda is “in great shape,” Cashman said.
  • Manny Banuelos, if healthy, is expected to be at Triple-A.

We’ll have updates throughout the day. Stay tuned to MLB.com, Yankees.com and my Twitter account (@bryanhoch) for more Winter Meetings coverage.

17 Comments

Today’s news is jawdropping. The Yankees tried to sign Choo to 7 years even after signing another injury prone outfielder to the same length. 3 years looks like a coup for Beltran now. Glad this fool rejected this.

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Interesting posts. I had never heard of that site before.

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from no mass .org “Mat Siki December 15, 2013 16:22Reply

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nomaas website interesting article and comments on Infante.

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Newsday is reporting the Yankees are in negotiations with Michael Young, who would play 2B or 3B keeping Ryan and Johnson as backups.

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Cano is coming across as a headcase. I doubt he plays long in Seattle before they try to move him. I wonder if he is going to claim at some point that he was pushed into taking the Seattle deal and regrets it already.

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Joba is a Tiger.
Infante a Royal. Any idea where the Yankees go now?
Johan Santana is talking incentive laden deal with the Yankees.
CANO IS BURNT. Sad he isn’t with the Yankees because they wouldn’t go 10 years. His dad is upset at him also.

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Glad the Yanks didn’t go for another long term contract in Cano. cano wasn’t worth that type of contract. His career stats are very good but not deserving of that type of money. It would have been the DUMBEST move for the Yanks to make this offseason. Yeah right, a 10 year contract for a player who would be on the wrong side of 30 next season. LOL!!!!!!! It’s about time this organization stops making these idiotic moves for older players, it always comes back to bite this team in the butt in the long run.

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Reblogged this on age10fanatics.

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Boone Logan is signing Colorado. Yankees will look elsewhere for a lefty.

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Yankees allegedly rejected a deal of Gardner for Phillips. Good. Keep Gardner back out of Beltran, offer someone else to Cinci.

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Back out of the Beltran deal? That’s as likely to happen as much as Joba going to Arizona and Granderson signing with the Yanks!!!! LOL!!!!

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It’s already a done deal, live with it bpuke!!!!!

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The next card reveals Mike Young, Mrs Meister.
I know how much you love Beltran but his contract has some hang ups, hopefully it falls apart.

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Sounds like some possible hold ups with Beltran…? Good 3 years is too big a risk!

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The Reds are really pushing Brandon Phillips on us to clear $$ for Choo.

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The Yankees are among about 6 teams talking to Johan Santana, though likely they are only offering a minor league deal.

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