Monday, December 3, 2012

Winter Meetings News & Notes: Day 1

The Winter Meetings officially got under way today, in not in a good way if you're a Yankee fan (or GM).  You all know what the big story of the day was, but here's the smaller stuff you might have missed.

- Obviously the biggest news of the day was the revelation that Alex Rodriguez has another labrum tear in his hip, this time the left one, and will have surgery in January to fix the tear.  A-Rod is expected to be out 4-6 months.

- Despite no confirmation that he would be willing or able to play third base, multiple reporters had the Yankees connected to free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.  If he is willing to play third, there would be a lot of early-season PT for Drew.

- Sweeny Murti had word that the Yankees were "quietly" shopping for third basemen at last month's GM meetings, so clearly the A-Rod injury wasn't something the Yankees started focusing on recently.

- There was never much connection between the sides, but the Yankees lost out on Mike Napoli today as a catching option.  Napoli signed a 3-year/$39 million deal to play first base fah Bahhston.

- They lost another potential catching option when the Blue Jays claimed Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Yankees.

- Joel Sherman reported that the Yankees are in on FA outfielder Scott Hairston, but not likely to get involved in the type of dollars he'll get.  Not surprisingly, I'm OK with that.

- Jon Morosi added Cody Ross' name to the list of right field options the Yankees are interested in.  If they aren't willing to pay Hairston, I can't imagine they would shell out more for Ross.

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