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Baseball Winter Meetings Day Two

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Orlando, FL (Dec 7) – The Baseball Winter meetings once again had no major announcements just lots of rumors and some lower level signings. The big topic was the official announcement and press conference regarding Derek Jeter’s return to the Yankees for his three year 51 million dollar deal that comes with a fourth year option.

The press conference was held in Tampa with Brian Cashman, Hal Steinbrenner, Joe Girardi, and other Yankee luminaries present. Here are some of the highlights of that press conference.

Jeter on the length of his contract: He said the fourth year was important to him if only to keep him away from free agency as long as possible. “Just like the first time around. The longer, the better. You don’t have to deal with this or answer questions. The first time around, I didn’t know what it was like, but now that I know what it was like, the fourth year was important so I don’t have to answer these questions for quite some time.”

Cashman had this to say, “I didn’t sign him to a 10 year deal or a seven year deal. The deal we’ve done, we’re comfortable with what we’ve done. I think this contract takes into account everything we said publicly.”

How long will Jeter remain at SS: Cashman said this was never brought up to Jeter, “I don’t need to talk about that now, because that is not an issue now.” He said that did not mean they have not had constructive conversations about how he can get better and improve his game.

Cashman said that is what they do with all of their players though after the season. Cashman said that a player can always play his way off a position but they do not feel Jeter has done that yet or is going to do that anytime soon.

Jeter top of the order: Joe Girardi said, “We’d like him to. We’d like him to have a big season for us next year. Score over 100 runs, hit 300 and just play great baseball. That’s what we expect from Derek every year. This year when he didn’t hit 300, we were all a little shocked. One year is not going to be as good as the previous one, or you might have a great year the next year and then the following one might not be so great. I do believe Derek has a lot of great baseball left in him. I do, and we need him to be very productive for us.”

Bouncing back from last season: “You would like to think that last year was a hiccup, so to speak, but it’s my job to go out there and prove that it was. I understand any concerns that anyone has, especially from an organizational standpoint. I’m sure they have concerns about a lot of people throughout the year, so they’re entitled to those concerns. It’s my job to go out and change that opinion.”

Jeter also touched on if the Boss was still around would it have been different. He said that is unfair because he had his disagreements with the Boss also, probably more then everyone realizes. Hal Steinbrenner said he felt that the face-to-face meeting last week really helped. They go to air their frustrations in person and just talk about the feelings towards each other and then they got the deal done.

The Mets are flying under the radar mainly because they do not have much money to spend. The Mets did sign a couple of guys today though, Ronny Paulino and D.J. Carrasco. Paulino is a catcher and Carrasco a relief pitcher. Paulino has to finish serving his 50 game suspensions for PED use.

Carrasco is a guy who can pitch multiple innings for the Mets and that is what they need out of the bullpen. These are the type of deals they have to make; low cost and not too flashy. They will most likely still sign Chris Young to go into their rotation and I am sure select in the Rule V draft. We will see what else the Mets can do.

 There was a lot of talk today about Carlos Beltran to the Red Sox. It does not seem too real right now but it is a possibility. I do not know why the Red Sox would want him though unless they planned to trade someone for a pitcher. They have Jacoby Ellsbury to play center and J.D. Drew to play right field. This is a story keeping an eye on though.

Other news and notes from around baseball. Matt Diaz signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates for two years late tonight. The Yankees and Rangers are chasing Mark Prior according to reports. This would be for a minor league deal. There were different reports today on the Nationals willing to offer Lee a seven-year deal. Washington who may be more interested in trading for Zach Greinke then shot that down.

Two mystery bidders for Lee are going seven years. I personally think that is Lee agent trying to drive up the price on the Rangers and Yankees. I think it comes down to those two teams and I do not think they are budging from five and six years respectively. I think the Yankees would like to do five years themselves but feel they have to push the extra year to convince him to come. The other talk of today was that the Rangers are making Michael Young available, nothing is imminent, but they will listen. Tonight it looks like the Rockies are pushing for him.

Ryan Ludwick is drawing some trade interest. The Red Sox, Dodgers, Orioles, and Tigers are talking to San Diego about him. The Mariners and Astros are pushing for Jack Cust.

The Rays are thought to be shopping Matt Garza. Paul Konerko who looked like he would resign with the White Sox now looks like that isn’t going to happen. The Rangers are in on him as well as Magglio Ordonez, the Red Sox could be another suitor for Ordonez. The Rangers seem to be linked to a lot of guys as well as the Tigers.

These are two teams with money, the Angels seem like they want to spend also to try and quickly forget last year’s disappointing year. We will see what Day 3 will bring; there could be a lot of action tomorrow with Thursday being the final day.

gmarchesej Posted by on December 8, 2010. Filed under Mets,MLB News,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports,Yankees. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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