INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (CBSNewYork/AP) — After a week without power at his home in Connecticut, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman arrived at the General Managers Meetings ready to do business.
The weather was hot, but the trade market was not.
“Do I have something I’m looking to execute while I’m out here? No,” he said on Tuesday night. “Whatever agents are here, I’ll meet with the agents and then obviously have a chance to engage the 29 clubs. I’ve been with them a few times already. I think there’s certain guys that I’ve been made aware of, but for the most part I think it will be unfolding quietly.”
The annual GM meetings, back in the Coachella Valley for the first time in seven years, start just a week after the World Series and often spark discussions that lead to trades and signings later in the offseason. The winter meetings, where teams send larger delegations from their organizations, are scheduled for Dec. 3-6 in Nashville, Tenn.
While teams feel each other out to try to determine what trades are possible, Cashman repeated that he doesn’t anticipate inquiries about Alex Rodriguez, who was benched during the playoffs. A-Rod has $114 million and five years left on his contract
The 18-year veteran batted .272 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs in the regular season, but went just 3-for-25 with no homers, no RBIs and 12 strikeouts in the postseason.
The formal part of the meetings start on Wednesday, with mornings devoted to briefings by Major League Baseball and administrative discussions. Expanding instant replay to fair-foul calls down the lines and to traps figures to be an offseason-long discussion along with protective headgear for pitchers. A report is on the agenda for the winter meetings.
Cashman said the power at his home was restored on Sunday, nearly a week after superstorm Sandy hit. In contrast to the cool weather back home, the high temperature in the Palm Springs area on Tuesday was 93 degrees.
Talk about the Hot Stove League.
At least publicly, Cashman was reticent to reveal which agents he planned to talk with because of anti-collusion rules put in place a few years ago after concerns raised by the players’ association.
“I’m not allowed to say if I’m going to meet with anybody or talk to anybody, or if I don’t want to talk to anybody,” he said. “I got a whole rundown.”
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