The off-season is officially underway with the general manager and owner meetings in Florida beginning today. The deadline for accepting qualifying offers came last night at 5:00 PM and none of the three Yankees who received a $14.1 million, one year contract offer from the Yankees accepted. Robinson Cano was clearly not going to accept the offer as he is looking for a lucrative 10 year deal. Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda rejected their offers. After an injury plagued season for Granderson, he is looking for a multi-year contract and already has some serious suitors in line like the White Sox and Mariners. However, Granderson has made it clear that he wants to sign with a winner. He is still looking for his first championship ring and he doesn't feel that the Yankees are in that place right now.
Speaking of the Yankees, there is chatter at the meetings today about the Yankees and how they are in serious pursuit for Carlos Beltran, who is a free agent coming off the books in St. Louis. Beltran is still looking for a World Series title and he has always liked the Yankees. I see him as a good fit in New York, granted he will have to live with the pressures that he could not handle when he was with the Mets. The Yankees are also chasing after Brian McCann, a free agent catcher for the Braves who would provide the Yankees with lefty power behind the plate, something they were lacking in 2013 with the Chris Stewart/Austin Romine combination. The Yankees brass may feel obligated to put a new product on the field in 2014, as the 2013 version of the patchwork Yankees did not draw big crowds, and more importantly did not make the postseason for only the second time since 1995.