Winter Meetings Day Four Wrap Up

I'm sure you know by now that the Yankees didn't make a transaction during the Winter Meetings, but that doesn't mean it wasn't productive. Yesterday was the final day of negotiations in Nashville, and although they left with one more need, a vacant third base, it wasn't necessarily a failure.

Signings

Trades

Yankees News And Notes

Overall, it was a pretty disappointing Winter Meetings from a fan's perspective. Not only did the team fail to make a single acquisition, but they announced that they lost Alex Rodriguez for the first few months of the 2013 season. They've gone backwards, but at the same time, the team certainly didn't miss any opportunities on the free agent market. Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Dan Haren, and Angel Pagan were perhaps the biggest signings, and none of them fit very well into the Yankees' plans.

There are two ways I see the team moving from here. The first is to actually trade Granderson and Hughes for young major league ready prospects. I'm not sure who they could obtain, but it could leave them with a high upside team below this year's $178 million luxury tax. That would mean they take care of the budget a year early, but at the risk of the 2013 season.

The second direction would be to empty the farm system for the cheaper position players closer to their prime. They'd be going all out in 2013, the swan song year for Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, but at the cost of the future. It wouldn't entirely destroy the farm though, since the team projects to have 3 first round picks during the 2013 amateur draft.

What I am certain of, is that the team won't enter next season with this roster. They haven't re-signed Hiroki Kuroda, Pettitte, and Rivera just to give up. Something is brewing, and the front office planted plenty of seeds this week. Brian Cashman is no dummy, and after making the Yankees the best team in baseball over the last 15 seasons, we should really trust in him. Sure, he had his Kei Igawas and Carl Pavanos, but he's also carried the team to 14 playoff appearances, while making the idea of "rebuilding" obsolete. He might be the best GM in the game, but for now...