From George King -
Yankees brass met in Tampa yesterday for 3½ hours. Though they came away knowing what they would like to improve the club with before Tuesday’s trade deadline, it doesn’t mean the Yankees will make a move.
“It went fine,” was all GM Brian Cashman would say of the Legends Field gathering that included George Steinbrenner for about 90 minutes.
Also in attendance were Hank and Hal Steinbrenner; Felix Lopez; Steve Swindal, The Boss’s son-in-law; minor-league head Mark Newman; amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer; scout Gene Michael; club president Randy Levine; and COO Lonn Trost.
Billy Connors, a close ally of Steinbrenner’s, was originally invited to the pow-wow via letter last week but informed yesterday to stay away.
The meetings were going on the Yankees and White Sox continue to eye each other. The Yankees had scout Jeff Wetherby watching the White Sox yesterday against the Tigers in a doubleheader in Chicago. Since the Yankees play the White Sox next week, Wetherby likely is doing advance scouting. However, the White Sox have heavily scouted the Yankees recently and had scout Bill Scherrer at Kauffman Stadium last night.
It could be just advance scouting on the Yankees part here. But, last year, when Wetherby went to Philly, it led to the Yankees picking up a player.
When I look at the White Sox roster, I don’t see anything there that the Yankees really need. But, who knows what the Yankees might be thinking here?
Please, please, please, just say “no” to Vazquez and Contreras – if you’re listening, Mr. Cashman.