Via Brian Costello –
Consider Monday to be Opening Day of the Yankees offseason.
That’s when general manager Brian Cashman will sit down with owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner in Tampa, Fla., to start talking payroll, free agency and the game plan for the rest of the winter.
The meetings are expected to last two days. Cashman has informed the agents for Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte that they should not expect to hear anything from him until those meetings are over.
“Nothing is really going to happen until I sit down with my bosses and have a feel and have some discussions about the lay of the land and how things should be approached from our perspective,” Cashman said. “I have made everyone aware of that.”
The first order of business figures to be the Steinbrenners handing Cashman his budget for 2011. The Yankees had an Opening Day payroll of $213 million this year, the highest in the sport.
Cashman said he is unsure if that number will move, and which way.
“I have no anticipation either way,” he said. “I will meet with them. They have not sent me any ideas or smoke signals. We haven’t had any of those discussions.”
“I think we have a great team,” Cashman said. “I don’t think it needs a lot of changes. I think that if the pitching can be shored up it will be to our best interest.”
Typical stuff. In most organizations, I think a budget process works like this: Near the close of the fiscal year and before the start of the new one, your superior tells you “This is what you spent last year, work off that and give me an estimate of what you think you will need next year, and then I’ll review it and give you an approved number at the end of the year (for next year).” And, it sounds like Cashman will find out on Monday what his approved number will be…
The bigger question here is whether or not Cashman will then take that number and give Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte the “Johnny Damon” treatment this off-season and beat them over the head with the “budget” excuse…