Major League Baseball
Yankees' organizational meeting under way in Tampa
TAMPA - The New York Yankees' organizational meetings to address offseason plans are under way. General manager Brian Cashman, president Randy Levine and senior adviser Gene Michael were among the team officials participating in meetings Monday at the Yankees' complex in Tampa with managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner. Coming off an American League championship series loss to Texas, establishing budget figures and negotiating strategies for potential free agents - a list that includes Rangers ace Cliff Lee and Tampa Bay left fielder Carl Crawford - are two of the discussion items. New York also needs to work out new contracts with shortstop Derek Jeter, closer Mariano Rivera and left-hander Andy Pettitte, should he decide not to retire.This is the first major gathering of team officials since longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died in July. Part of last year's meetings was held at Steinbrenner's home in Tampa. Assistant general manager Jean Afterman, vice president of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer and senior director of pro personnel Billy Eppler also were involved in Monday's session. The meetings are scheduled to continue on Tuesday.