New York Yankees GM Meetings Preview
About an hour and a half south of where I live, General Manager’s from all 30 major league clubs are in Orlando, Florida for the annual GM meetings this week. Here, GM’s can get together with other teams and agents to discuss possible trades and other moves that would make their club better for the upcoming season.
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman arrived in Orlando last night, and managing general partner is expected to arrive sometime late-Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Cashman and company have a lot of work to do this offseason to assure that the Yankees don’t fail to make the playoffs for the second straight year, and third time since 2008.
The Yankees have already been able to secure manager Joe Girardi to a four-year deal, along with bringing back the entire coaching staff for the 2014 season. Locking up Girardi and his staff was near the top of the list for the Yankees this offseason, and with that now checked off, Cashman can get back to focusing on the moves that will affect the Yanks on the field. Here are a couple of things to watch this week in Orlando:
Three qualifying offer decisions to come Monday: Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson have until 5 p.m. today to accept or reject the $14.1 million qualifying offer that the Yankees extended to the three last week.
Cano is going to decline with the hopes of cashing in on a monster contract this winter.
Kuroda is expected to decline the offer as well. For the past week, many around the game have said that they expect Kuroda to reject the offer, and Cashman has said that he believes Kuroda will decide to head back home to Japan to finish out his career. It’s also possible that he rejects and instead works out a new deal with the Yankees like he did last offseason. Kuroda has already expressed that he wants to take things one year at a time, and the $14.1 million qualifying offer would be $900,000 less than what he made in 2013, so it’s possible the Yanks could just give him a little raise for a solid effort in 2013.
Granderson is the biggest question mark of the three. He has the chance to accept the offer in hopes of rebuilding his market value after an injury shortened 2013 season so that he could cash in big next offseason. Though many believe that he will reject the offer and test the market. Granderson has said much in the past that he loves New York, and he would love to stay in the Bronx, but at the same time, his agent has suggested that he would at least test the market. If he rejects, it’s unlikely that the Yankees would try to re-sign him. We could also see Granderson move back to his home in Chicago to play with either the Chicago Cubs or White Sox. Many teams have been showing interest in Granderson, and there are a lot of teams that could use a power bat in the lineup.
Cano contract talks still cold: As of a couple of days ago, Cano has not talked with the Yankees recently about a new contract. It was reported late in the season that Cano had asked the Yankees for a record deal in the range of 10-years, $305 million. Obviously there’s no way Cano will get that kind of money, and it’s very unlikely that the Yankees will give 10-years to a player that’s 31-years-old. Anything above 8-years would be a surprise to me.
It’s also been reported that Cano has not yet received offers from any other ball clubs, but it’s likely that some teams will start jumping in within the next few weeks.
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Magic Johnson said back in October that his team wouldn’t have the money to sign Cano, especially once they give Clayton Kershaw the mega contract extension he’s expected to get. The Texas Rangers could be suitors for Cano. Though they already have a packed infield with Ian Kinsler, Jurickson Profar and Elvis Andrus, who signed an 8-year extension with the club earlier in the season, but it’s possible that the Rangers’ front office could move one or two of those players to make room for Cano. It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Rangers go hard after Cano. The front office and ownership group might be looking to make some big moves this offseason after twice losing in the World Series, and fading late in the season in the last two years.
Also happening this week, we’ve got awards to be handed out: Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards are going to be handed out this week. We’ll have coverage of those announcements all week long on baseballhotcorner.com, so keep checking back every day.
We’re also going to have a ton of coverage from the GM meetings. If news breaks, you can count on us delivering it to you.
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