SAN DIEGO — MLB’s annual meat market rolls into the Hyatt Manchester near the water separating Coronado and the downtown of Southern California’s premier city on Sunday night.
In the days before text messages became the favorite way for team officials to communicate from their hotel suites, the lobbies and bars were filled with executives attempting to cull information about what other teams were looking for at the Winter Meetings. Like the late nights when general managers and scouts would close the hotel bar, then have to cancel the trades they made while over-served the next morning, those days are gone.
You want to see team officials? Try the coffee shop off the hotel lobby at 7:30 in the morning or the workout room earlier.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman might not be seen loitering in the lobby, but his team will be the talk of the meetings. The Yankees are in position to further lay the groundwork to sign Gerrit Cole, the best cut of meat in the free-agent market, or shock the baseball universe by walking out Thursday with the right-handed stud’s signature on the biggest contract ever given to a pitcher.
Represented by Scott Boras, who has the fortitude to wait…