What a dull first day of the Winter Meetings. It's almost as if someone already signed all the free agents. The good news is that there has been a ton of talk about trades. It looks like the pitching market won't move much until the Rakuten Eagles decide what they'll do with Masahiro Tanaka, but that hasn't stopped a number of big name pitchers from hitting the trade circuit.
- The Mariners are hearing a lot of calls about second baseman Dustin Ackley. He doesn't necessarily seem like someone the Yankees would desperately want to trade for, but he's an interesting trade candidate. The former top prospect has now struggled in two straight seasons, but many wonder if he could rebound if his left-handed swing was moved from Safeco to a ballpark like Yankee Stadium.
- The Nationals are showing interest in left-handed relievers and Boone Logan is one name on top of their wish list. The Yankees are also said to be in on Logan too, though they seem like they're in on everyone at this point.
- There were some rumors that the White Sox were willing to deal Chris Sale and Jose Quintana on Monday morning, but that was later challenged by an unnamed GM. If Sale is indeed available, the Yankees would obviously show interest, but it's unlikely that they'd have the pieces to match some other desperate teams.
- The Marlins agreed to sign Garrett Jones, who isn't exactly related to the Yankees, but many saw him as a good bench option.
- The Phillies are shopping their outfielder Domonic Brown. Again, not much relation to the Yankees, but there were rumors that they want to move him in a package with Papelbon, who the Yankees have probably called about. If the organization ends up dealing Gardner, Brown would be a strong yet costly candidate for left-field.
- Bartolo Colon's market is heating up. The ex-Yankee could make a return to pinstripes if the Yankees are unsure about Tanaka in the coming weeks. It might not be such a bad idea to sign a couple 1 year starters with a strong pitching market opening up next seasons, but the rotation could desperately use some talented youth.
- The asking price on Brett Gardner is supposedly "through the roof", and that's not too ridiculous considering the circumstances. The Yankees have no reason to trade him unless they get a starting infielder or top of the rotation pitcher back. Of course, a rival executive said that the most they could get for Gardner is a mid-tier starter.
- In a piece by Erik Boland and Steven Marcus, the Yankees are reportedly interested in acquiring a second baseman and third baseman. (Shocking, right?) I guess it's kind of a surprise that the Yankees think Alex Rodriguez will be suspended. Anyway, the report says the Yankees are interested in Michael Young, Juan Uribe, Eric Chavez, Omar Infante, Brandon Phillips, Howie Kendrick, and Asdrubal Cabrera. For what it's worth, there seems to be a lot of speculation in the post.
- The Yankees have contacted the Reds about starting pitcher Homer Bailey. The assumption here is that Brett Gardner would be involved.
I will go ahead and call Monday boring. After the previous week, I think we all expected some sort of mammoth 5 team trade to happen, so yesterday's inaction was disappointing. Things should pick up as we get closer to Wednesday.