Saturday, November 19, 2011

Leftovers from 2011 GM meetings-Ken Davidoff

11/19/11, "Enjoy some leftovers from the GM meetings," Ken Davidoff, Newsday

The Yankees like C.J. Wilson all right, but they were annoyed to have to deal with a silly "he said/he said" situation when Wilson's agent, Bob Garber, said the Yankees invited Wilson to visit them in the Bronx. In truth, Garber asked if he and Wilson could come to New York, and the Yankees wouldn't even commit to that.

  • You know what the tell was?

Garber said Hal Steinbrenner would attend the meeting with Wilson. Steinbrenner has done a fine job succeeding his father as the Yankees' boss, but the next free-agent recruitment in which he participates will be his first.

  • DeJesus to Yanks unlikely

In my free-agent rankings and predictions three weeks ago, I rolled the dice and pegged the Yankees to sign outfielder David DeJesus. Right now, that isn't happening, as the team is focused on pitching.

Tampa Bay might bring back Johnny Damon, 38, who put up a .326 on-base percentage and .418 slugging percentage in 647 plate appearances for the 2011 Rays. Damon also scored major points by offering his veteran leadership to Tampa Bay's many young players.

  • Astros will do fewer flying

One reason why Houston agreed to switch to the American League West: A study of the Astros' travel indicated that the team actually would travel fewer miles as an AL West club than as an NL Central entity. NL Central stops Pittsburgh and Cincinnati hardly were close; in the AL, Houston will visit the nearby Rangers for three trips per season."

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