Good morning, and thank you for joining us for our all day coverage of the 2013 Winter Meetings from Orlando, Florida. We will be providing updates throughout the day. Site co-editor Billy Brost will be at the controls during the day, and editor Jason Evans taking over for the night shift. As Yankees news rumors, etc., breaks, it will be posted here.
Editor Jason Evans will be taking over coverage of our live blog today at 6:30 p.m. Eastern, with Billy Brost returning in the morning for Day #2 of the Winter Meetings.
5:03 p.m. Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger is reporting that the Yankees have stayed in contact with free agent left-handed relief pitcher Boone Logan.
The Yankees have stayed in contact with lefty reliever Boone Logan as they search for bullpen arms.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) December 9, 2013
4:47 p.m. Roch Kubatko of MASN is reporting that the Yankees have been in contact with the agent for second baseman Brian Roberts.
#Yankees have talked to Brian Roberts agent. Could just be kicking the ol’ tires. I hear they need a second baseman.
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 9, 2013
4:25 p.m. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, when discussing the market for Stephen Drew, suggested he may be an option for the Yankees if Derek Jeter were willing to move positions, possibly second base or third base.
4:18 p.m. Jon Morosi appeared on MLB Network and reported that after speaking to one general manager, he expects to see Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka posted.
12:30 p.m. The Yankees have been named among several other teams that are now interested in acquiring right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs.
#Cubs definitely talking Samardzija but price high and 1 interested exec said: “they will get it or just put him back on the market in July”
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 9, 2013
Atlanta and Yankees join the group of teams interested in Jeff Samardzija.
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 9, 2013
12:20 p.m. Richard Justice, while appearing on MLB Network’s Hot Stove program, rates Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner as “…one of the top 15 players in the American League, and he can get you a good pitcher.” Justice cites the Yankees lack of interest in the current crop of top-tier free agent starting pitchers not named Masahiro Tanaka.
11:00 a.m. Jon Heyman has reported that Roy Halladay will sign a 1-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and then retire from baseball. Halladay had been mentioned by Billy Brost as a possible low cost option for the Yankees in their starting rotation.
10:05 a.m. Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre has been unanimously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Expansion Era Committee. Former Yankees third baseman and legendary Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has been selected by the Expansion Era Committee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum unanimously. Joining Cox is former White Sox, A’s and Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa.
9:56 a.m. Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network reports on Hot Stove, that the Yankees may be out on Omar Infante, stating that his price is getting too high for what the Yankees are looking to do. Rosenthal believes if the Yankees discontinue their pursuit of Infante, recent free agent signing Kelly Johnson could be the starter at second base for the Yankees in 2014.