The GM meetings begin tomorrow, and while they aren’t as big as the Winter Meetings which are a month away, but you can expect to see a little more movement on things over the next few days. This is also the place where the groundwork will be put in for future deals during the off-season. Let’s take a look at some of the potential free agent and trade targets the New York Yankees could increase pursuit of this week.
Stephen Drew: While I don’t think Drew will sign with the Yankees, it doesn’t mean that the Yankees won’t give it their best effort. Drew is the best shortstop on the market, and reports are he could sign rather quickly. Drew could be pitched on playing short on some days, third on some days and even DH, but that doesn’t mean he’ll take it.
Dodgers Outfield: It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers have four outfielders for three spots, so Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier are all available. All have baggage (Kemp with his injuries and contract, Ethier with his ineffectiveness against lefties and injuries and Crawford with injuries) Ethier could be a potential fit if the Yankees fail to land Shin Soo Choo, Jacboy Ellsbury or Carl Crawford.
Pitching: Ervin Santana wants $100 million and Ricky Nolasco wants over $80. That means the trade market could be a better option for teams, especially the Yankees. That’s also why they will go all out to sign Masahiro Tanaka,
Infield: The Yankees are the only team to make Robinson Cano an offer thus far. While it’s possible Cano stays, the Yankees will continue to lay the groundwork on plan B. They also may need a backup or potentially two at third base depending on Alex Rodriguez. That’s what’s leading to the Yankees possibly bringing back Eric Chavez.
The GM meetings aren’t the biggest meetings, but they can certainly have an impact in the future.