Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day One GM Meeting Notes

There wasn't much as far as news coming out of day one of the GM Meetings. Brian Cashman said not to expect anything big to come out of the meetings, as he's basically just getting a feeling for who's available in a trade, not to mention waiting to find out if Swisher, Kuroda, or Soriano accept the qualifying offers. 

A couple of things did stick out to me, though. 
“He obviously wants to be here, and we want him back,” Cashman said. “That’s the hard part. So I’m confident we’ll be able to work through the issues, whatever they are.”
That quote is in response to Mariano Rivera returning to the team next season. There has been some concern since it was announced that the Yankees are looking to cut Rivera's salary from the $15 million he made in 2011 and 2012. Cash doesn't seem to be taking a hard stance on Mo's contract, so I'm more confident that it will get worked out and Rivera will be closing for the team on Opening Day.
“I don’t pencil him in anywhere right now, but I think he’s best as a starter,” Cashman said. “Good starters can all go to the pen. Pens are where failed starters go. He can do that. All our starters can do that. … Mo was a failed starter. Sorry Mo. The only failure he ever had.”
This time Cashman was referring to David Phelps. Last season, as a starter, Phelps had an ERA of 3.77 with a triple-slash against of .233/.322/.390. He also started in 90 out of 91 appearances in the minor leagues, where he had an ERA of 2.51. So I'm glad that David is still being seen as a possible starter next season, as we could see him and not Ivan Nova in the rotation along with Sabathia, Hughes, Kuroda, and Pettitte.


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