It’s the third day of the Winter Meetings (and technically the last since tomorrow everyone’s out of Orlando by lunch time) and the Yankees have stood pat, watching trades happen and noticing free agents still on the market. However, just because the Yankees haven’t done much during the Winter Meetings doesn’t mean that they aren’t planning to.
The Yankees have been linked to plenty of names yesterday afternoon into late last night: Michael Young, Dustin Ackley, Joaquin Benoit and Eric Chavez to name a few and of course the Yankees still have to address the open slots in the starting rotation, second base, possibly third base and the bullpen.
Yesterday’s Winter Meetings were excited for baseball: Mark Trumbo, a player that no one in the Angels fan-base thought was going to be moved, ended up heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three team trade. Brett Anderson, the injury plagued starting pitcher for the Oakland Athletics was traded to the Colorado Rockies.
I don’t think the Yankees are going to go all out and make three team trades but I do expect them to at least sign a free agent before the winter meetings are over. Besides, Brian Cashman admitted it would be best for the team to sign a free agent starting pitcher than to trade for one. Does that mean he doesn’t think Ichiro Suzuki (his number one trade chip now that Brett Gardner is out of the question) wouldn’t bring back anything significant? Or is the starting pitcher trade market just as thin as the free agent market?
Well, all I know is Day 3 promises to be interesting. Days 1 and 2 were already full of nerves and excitement.