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The Yankees hold their annual summit

Dec 3, 2009, 9:01 AM EST

Every team has big meetings in the offseason in which the future course is charted, but only the Yankees make a huge production out of it. It’s happening today. On the agenda:

  • Setting the 2010 payroll.  This has to be the most hilarious portion of the meeting. “What’s our budget this year, Hal? [snicker!]”  “Well, let me check our balance sheet [guffaw!]”  “Ah, screw it: MONEY FIGHT!!!

  • Figuring out left field and DH.  Girardi said yesterday that he wouldn’t mind having DH kind of open so he could cycle A-Rod, Posada and Jeter through it in order to rest their aging bones once a week or so.  It’s not the worst plan in the world, but it would require Girardi to think extra hard, and that’s not always in the best interests of the ballclub.  I still think they keep Matsui.

  • Figure out the rotation.  Right now the depth chart is Sabathia, Burnett and three open slots. Andy Pettitte’s annual hokey pokey will probably end with him coming back again, so there’s three. Either Joba or Hughes will likely fill another slot, but I’d be shocked if they gave both of them a place in the rotation. You have to figure that either Lackey or Halladay (or — gulp! — both) will be in pinstripes come spring.

  • Off the table is Joe Girardi’s contract status. Despite being the manager of the World Champs, Girardi is a lame duck and there are no current plans to give him an extension. Which is only surprising if you think that Girardi is really one of the, oh, five most critical ingredients to the team’s success. I won’t say that you could put just anyone in the manager’s office and still win in New York, but that’s probably more true for this team than any other. Girardi is fine. He’s not irreplaceable. He knows that and the Yankees know that so don’t expect him to rock the boat.

There’s no word about whether the meeting will end with the assembled brass carving up a giant Earth-shaped cake, Hyman Roth-style, but would it really shock you if it happened?

  1. Simon DelMonte - Dec 3, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Isn’t Jeter supposed to be there?
    And how does Girardi even have time to do this, when he’s apparently trying to save the Jets from themselves. (In all seriousness, I find it a bit goofy but in a good way that the Jets actually called the Yankees for advice on sliding and that Girardi went himself. And if he can make the Jets better, who know what else he can accomplish?)

  2. JudyJ - Dec 3, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Who do we want, when do we want them, and how much do they want us? How much, how little, how funny. The Yankees spent money to make money and that is the American way. No sign of recession here, that’s for sure. Love anything they do. GO YANKEES! WORLD CHAMPIONS!

  3. ditmars1929 - Dec 3, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Craig, the money fight comment was quite a cheap shot. Why don’t you do some critical analysis of the other billionaire owners who pocket their socialist revenue sharing money (that they get from the Yankees) for themselves and refuse to improve their teams?
    However, your comment did remind me of the late, great Dom DeLouise taking a treasure bath in “History of the World Part II”, so thanks for that.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Dec 3, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Totally. All but on 1/2 of a point do I disagree, and that’s Girardi. He went all Marlins-NL on us in that ALCS game. And the Universe prefers his Greenspanspeak to a Tony or (heaven forbid) Ozzie. That Billy nonsense is a little much for Hal although Hank-(you-won’t-see-him-around-anymore) might go for another route, but no one wants the Walter Matthau look alike then or now
    Nice references, too. Maybe you agonized a lttle over the Simpsons analogy, picking it over the “We doon’t need no stinking salary budget. The real comedy came in that Sporting News post.

  5. EvilEmpireE2009 - Dec 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    The Yankees have a meeting that every team in MLB has but only the Yankees catch heat for it, there was NO press release about it and
    yet the HATERS keep on HATING.Life must be miserable for these sacks of PUS, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR TEAM SUCKS EVERY YEAR!!!!!!!
    MERRY X-MAS

  6. YankeesfanLen - Dec 3, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Now, now, Evil (if I may call you that) Craig is just having some fun with a post about the Universe. He doesn’t really mean it and it’s quite entertaining. Didn’t you hear him saying the Yanks in 6 and reassuring us when the random loss came along.
    Thnks for your Holiday (Halladay) greetings.

  7. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 3, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    For the love of pageviews and wacky commenter threads, the Yanks drive it all. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are the engine.
    Though, the idea that the Yanks would add BOTH Halladay AND Lackey is comical. Though could you imagine….(drifts away in wonderment)

  8. YankeesfanLen - Dec 3, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    See Jason even you cannot resist the Christmas list. And we’re not the only wacky commenters, MARK MY WORDS!

  9. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Dec 3, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    However, your comment did remind me of the late, great Dom DeLouise taking a treasure bath in “History of the World Part II”, so thanks for that.

    Treasure bath was in History of the World Part 1, Hitler on Ice was History of the World Part 2.

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