For baseball fans, the beginning of Spring Training and the regular season is a second Christmas. For the General Managers in baseball, the Winter Meetings is their form of Holiday shopping to prepare for their second Christmas. From today until Thursday, the General Managers will discuss possible trades with one another, and of course in the Major League Baseball world, it’s expected that there will at least be one blockbuster trade.
The Yankees go into the Winter Meetings, looking to add to their team. Sure the Yankees have been on a roller coaster ride the past couple of weeks, signing Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran all while losing Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Phil Hughes (Hughes wasn’t a gigantic loss but the Yankees did lose him nonetheless). With the free agent market diminishing could it be possible that the Yankees could walk out of the Winter Meetings with a new player via trade?
The name that has rumbled every offseason during the Winter Meetings for the Yankees is Brett Gardner and Gardner always stayed, but now that the Yankees signed Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, teams have intensified their interest in Gardner. Brian Cashman has admitted that he’s listened in on offers for Gardner, however, Cashman is not shopping him to other teams. It’s possible Gardner is traded during the Winter Meetings, but it’s also possible that Cashman holds onto him to be the starting left fielder for the Yankees in 2014.
Although Gardner is not actively on the trading block, Ichiro Suzuki is. The only issue would be the Yankees wouldn’t get much in return for Ichiro. All they’d probably get is a small salary dump and a free spot on the 40 man roster.
All and all, I don’t think that anything could top last week. Last week was a wild, wild ride. This week could be wild…but probably not for the Yankees.