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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.

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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