Sorry for the lateness of the hour. Alderson and Cashman indeed both spoke upon arriving here at the GMs' meetings, with Alderson providing more news than Cashman.
Alderson, looking tired, requested that we stick to baseball questions. He received one question about how hard it was for him to balance his new job against his family tragedy, and he started to choke up as he said, "If I could focus on the game, I’m fine, and so forth. I told you, I didn’t want to be diverted here. It’s tough, but I’m here, and we’re working on it. If I keep focused, I’m fine. The Family is gathering. I feel good about that. I’ll be back there tonight."
As circumstances have it, because the meetings are in Orlando and his father lived in St. Petersburg - it's almost a two-hour drive from one place to the other - Alderson can spend time with his family while also doing some of his job. He said he intends to spend half-days in Orlando.
And those half-days will largely be spent interviewing the candidates for the Mets' manager opening. He planned to meet with Jose Oquendo tonight, and he'll move into the second round here this week. Alderson mentioned the second round having "three or four" candidates. Terry Collins and Bob Melvin are guarantees, and I'd have to think that Chip Hale, too, will advance.
In summation, Alderson doesn't think the Mets' seach for a new manager will be slowed down by the death of Alderson's father.
--Cashman's message was basically: "Nothing to see here! Please disperse!" in a friendly manner. "I don’t think I’ll get anything accomplished while I’m down here," he said. He described the re-signings of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera as . "a layup. They have to get done."
When he returns to New York later this week, Cashman said, he'll interview more candidate for pitching coach. Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres pitching coach Scott Aldred will get an interview. Don't expect Rick Peterson, fired by the Brewers, to get the job; the Yankees feel that his intensity wouldn't mesh well with Joe Girardi's intensity.
--The Rookies of the Year were Buster Posey in the NL and Neftali Feliz in the AL. The final tallies were not blowouts but not that close, either, so the only controversy today was the ballot of Pittsburgh writer Dejean Kovacevic, who submitted this ballot: 1) Posey; 2) Neil Walker; 3) Jose Tabata.
Kovacevic is addressing his critics on Twitter. I'll withhold an opinion for the moment.
--The Yankees raised some ticket prices for 2011.
--Here's Bob Tufts' take on the NL Cy Young Award, which will be announced tomorrow.
--Have a great night.