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ORLANDO As the lobby of Disneys Swan and Dolphin Resort filled on Sunday, the inevitable conversation was not about what might happen this week. It was about all the things that just happened last week.Baseballs Winter Meetings officially begin on Monday, and as front office executives and player agents took their places, the meetings looked to be the calm after the storm, not the beginning of the action.In the past week, the Yankees alone have lost Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson; introduced Brian McCann as their new starting catcher; traded away last years starting catcher; finalized deals with Jacoby Ellsbury, Hiroki Kuroda, Kelly Johnson and Brendan Ryan; and agreed to terms on a still-to-be-announced deal with Carlos Beltran.For frenzied roster reconstruction, the past seven days are going to be hard to top, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman still has work to do.Here are five things to keep in mind during this weeks meetings in Orlando. The Yankees are still in the market for a second baseman.The Yankees have been aggressive in making up for lost offense, but they have yet to actually fill the hole at second base. They also have lingering questions about Derek Jeters ability to play shortstop and Alex Rodriguezs availability amid his suspension appealee agent Omar Infante has experience at second and third, and hes on the Yankees radar. He seems like a good fit for the Yankees question-filled infield. He could be the next significant free agent added to the stable. The pitching market could gain some clarity.The free-agent pitching market has not been encouraging not much high-end talent, but plenty of high-end contracts but the market could change if Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka becomes available.Baseball is working toward a change in the Japanese posting system, and its become uncertain whether the Rakuten Eagles will make their ace available. A decision could come in the next few days, though, and if Tanaka is available, it seems the Yankees will be significant bidders.(Page 2 of 2) Brett Gardners name is sure to come up.With the Yankees outfield suddenly overflowing, Gardners name will probably be a hot topic. Hes 30 years old, still relatively affordable, and he might be the Yankees best trade chip.The Yankees like Gardner, but their current needs could lead them to trade him for Nike Air Max On Sale a pitcher or infielder. At some point, Robinson Cano might speak.Cano left the Yankees to take 10 years and $240 million from the Mariners, and its entirely possible Seattle will want to use the national stage of the Winter Meetings to introduce its new superstar.If Cano has a press conference in Orlando instead of Seattle, hell face a sea of New York reporters looking for answers about why he left. Is it true he felt offended by the Yankees seven-year, $175-million offer? Is it true he didnt like playing for Joe Girardi? Be ready for absolutely anything.So far, the Yankees have not behaved like a team determined to shed payroll. In fact, theyve spent like no one else. Hard to imagine the Yankees could do anything to eclipse last weeks overwhelming series of events, but these are the Yankees were talking about. Very little is completely off the table.
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