It's that time of the year again. The Winter Meetings begin today in Nashville. The meetings have come a long way since 1962 when the first meetings were held in Rochester!
Already some hot rumors popping up...none of which involve the Yankees. Cashman is preaching patience, but the fan base will not accept that. They are already on the verge of losing Ichiro, who made it known he would like to come back to NY. But NY's wait and see approach is not sitting well with Ichiro and is now looking at other clubs. Yankee brass is not thrilled with the idea of Gardner and Ichiro in line up together...not enough power. The Yankees let Russel Martin walk to the Pirates. Which is odd considering how much Cashman liked Martin. Comparing him to Munson on occasion last year. Not sure who the Yankees would now consider bringing in. I don't think Stewart, Cervelli, or Romine can carry the load for an entire season...but I wouldn't mind giving Romine the opportunity to prove himself at the MLB level.
Yankees have taken care of their major signings before the meetings bringing back Kuroda, Pettitte, and Rivera. They even signed Nix to a deal...though are still looking to upgrade the INF position. I wouldn't be shocked if the Yankees pull off a blockbuster trade or if they go quietly into the night. I would be shocked if they sign a major free agent to a big contract though.