The Winter Meetings are always the busiest time for baseball during the offseason, but don’t expect the Yankees to be involved in anything. At least that’s what Brian Cashman told Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
“If you’re asking me do I expect to do something in the next week? No,” Cashman told Jennings on Friday. “But I’ve had enough conversations where I could wind up doing something today. A lot of work has been done. A lot of conversations have been had. If somebody bends or adjusts, then I’m ready to make a recommendation for us to make a move.”
Cashman has spoken with all of the top free agent starters this offseason, but doesn’t like the asking price for any of them. A trade could happen, but as of right now they are not close on any thing and, again, the asking prices are said to be cost prohibitive.
The big news today is that the Yankees will try to get payroll down to $189 million by the 2014 season so it is unlikely that Cashman is laying low before making a deal for C.J. Wilson. Mark Buehrle is slightly more likely, but with three year offers on the table it isn’t likely that they will match those (they don’t want to pay his salary in 2014).
The one possibility that I wouldn’t be totally shocked to see them get involved with is Hiroki Kuroda. He has preferred to play in Los Angeles, but the Dodgers are set with their rotation and the Angels haven’t shown interest. That could mean he’s open to a move and the soon to be 37-year-old will probably not require a multi-year deal.
Other than that, don’t expect much. They will probably make a minor move or two and there is the Rule 5 draft to look forward to. Other than a possible trade popping up there won’t be much else though.