Cashman keeping busy in Indianapolis
General manager meets with agents for Pettitte, Matsui
INDIANAPOLIS -- Business at the Winter Meetings has kept Yankees general manager Brian Cashman sequestered at the Indianapolis Marriott, though his actions there have carried volume well beyond the walls of his suite.
The headline-grabber of Day 2 may be the soon-to-be-completed three-team deal that will install Curtis Granderson as the Yankees' new center fielder, but Cashman's cell phone is continuing to buzz with other opportunities and proposals at the same time.
"The great thing about texting is you don't have to pick up the phone anymore," Cashman said, offering a smile.
While Cashman kept the glowing screen of his mobile device well hidden during a brief session with reporters on Tuesday evening, the Yankees have remained busy beyond the chatter in the Granderson deal, which Cashman called "noise" because he cannot officially speak about it.
New York engaged with a number of clubs and agents on Tuesday, including the representatives for left-handed starter Andy Pettitte and designated hitter Hideki Matsui.
Cashman called the meeting with Arn Tellem, who represents Matsui, "informative," but added that if the Yankees have any interest at all in the World Series MVP, it would be only as a designated hitter.
"[Tellem] answered certain things for me that I'll be able to utilize in my meetings with my staff and talk to ownership about, too," Cashman said. "I got some information that was important."
As for Pettitte, the Yankees are continuing to work with agent Randy Hendricks toward finding a dollar figure that will work to put the veteran back in the rotation behind CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett for one more season in pinstripes.
"Obviously, I did talk to [Hendricks] more than once," Cashman said. "We'll just keep talking."
Cashman said that he did not speak with Scott Boras, the agent for Johnny Damon, but that he had done so "recently."
Speaking in general terms, Cashman acknowledged that it would not hurt his veteran club to add some younger talent, something it will soon be able to boast in Granderson.
"You always want to get younger, especially when you have an older team," Cashman said. "But I want to be better. You just have to get younger with the right people. Clearly, you'd like to get younger and better."
While they wait for physical paperwork to clear and make the three-way deal official, the Yankees are also preparing for their first-round selection in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, which they obtained from the Nationals in exchange for right-handed reliever Brian Bruney.
"There's a few guys that we have an interest in," Cashman said, echoing a statement that could have encompassed the whole experience since the Yankees' credit cards were run at the front desk.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.