"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The braintrust gathers in Tampa

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner met with his top advisers for 90 minutes Tuesday, discussing potential moves before the July 31 deadline for trades without waivers.

General partner Hal Steinbrenner, general manager Brian Cashman, team president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost attended the session along with senior vice president Felix Lopez, special adviser Gene Michael, senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman and vice president of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer.

The team officials met for two hours at Legends Field, the Yankees spring training home, before being joined by Steinbrenner.

The group also discussed potential help from the Yankees' minor league system. Pitchers Phil Hughes (sprained ankle) and Jeff Karstens (broken leg) are on minor league rehab assignments and could be ready to rejoin the team within the next two weeks (source).

Sounds like a riveting meeting. I can't see the Yankees making any major trades. They seem reluctant to trade their highly-touted prospects, and the team is finally starting to show that they can play together. I can see trades involving bullpen help, but that is pretty much it.

Also, does anyone else find the following Joe Torre quote (from the same article) as absolutely hilarious as I do? NoMaas does.
Manager Joe Torre did not rule out a bullpen assignment in the majors for Joba Chamberlain, who has been a starter this season.

"If that is the case, we would take care of him," Torre said before Tuesday night's game against the Royals in Kansas City.

"We'll make sure we don't abuse him," Torre said. "Not that we willfully abuse people, but you know, when panic sets in during a game, man, throw them all out there."

Glad to know that at least Chamberlain would be taken care of. The same can't be said about Scott Proctor and Luis Vizcaino.


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