The Winter Meetings kick off tomorrow in Nashville. Here's the latest as it relates to the Yankees heading into the meetings. - Via Chad Jennings, Brian Cashman said "our money has been directed and committed already" when discussing potential free agents on Friday. He did say the team remains very aggressive in trade talks, but if you're expecting the Yankees to make a big FA splash next week I think you're going to be disappointed.
- Also via Jennings, the following injury updates:
Teix: Out of his walking boot and doing some physical activities. Tanaka: Finished with his physical therapy after surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. He's heading back to Japan to start his normal offseason throwing program. Eovaldi: No lingering issues in his elbow and he is slated for a normal winter throwing program.
- Via Jon Heyman, Cliff Lee has been medically cleared to resume throwing and has done so as he prepares for a 2016 comeback. Lee missed most of the last 2 years with flexor problems in his left elbow. There was a time when the Yankees were obsessed with getting Lee and they almost had him once. Now I think I'd steer clear.
- Via Anthony McCarron, the Yankees signed shortstop Pete Kozma to a MiL deal on Friday. Kozma, 27, is a career .222/.288/.293 hitter in 689 MLB plate appearances spread over the last 5 seasons. He's likely to slot into the starting shortstop job at Triple-A SWB and be on hand as emergency org depth at short.
- Another starting pitcher came out of the free agent pool yesterday when the Giants signed Jeff Samardzija to a 5-year/$90 million deal. The Yankees were connected to Samardzija a lot heading into the offseason, but they weren't going to get involved at that price. I have to think the big numbers that some of these top pitchers are landing is going to trickle down to the rest of the second and third tier and scare the Yankees away from pursuing any starting pitching via the FA market.