Monday, November 10, 2014

Yankees’ hot stove ignited today…kinda

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is in Phoenix, Arizona for the start of the General Managers’ Meetings marking the first event of the offseason. While the Winter Meetings in December are considered a more robust gathering, some preliminary chats are certainly held between the general managers and agents around the league during the GM Meetings.

The Yankees have already inked two players for the 2015 season, reliever Andrew Bailey to a minor league deal and Chris Young to a major league contract worth $2.5 million. Young can earn up to $6.325 million if he reaches all of the performance incentives laid out in his deal per a tweet from Bob Nightengale. Bailey's contract value should he reach the big league club was not announced.

While these are small moves, they could have an impact on the 2015 season. With the Yankees and their likelihood for injuries, any of the ancillary pieces put together by Cashman and his team becomes very important.

Also today, the Yankees will find out if reliever David Robertson will accept his one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. He has until 5 p.m. today to make his decision. It is expected that he will turn down the offer, but will continue to negotiate with the Yankees for a long-term contract. If Robertson signs elsewhere the Yankees will receive a compensatory pick in the 2015 first year player draft.

While there might not be any major deals to report over the next few days, there is always the potential for a surprise. And since the Yankees are looking to fill roles at shortstop, third base, in the rotation and within the relief core there is a chance any move has a ripple effect on the Yankees’ choices going forward.

Let the hot stove season begin!

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Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer and sports media strategist. His baseball commentary has also been published on Yahoo Sports, the FanSided network, Sportsideo and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In.