'Boss' active in offseason meetings

'Boss' active in offseason meetings

NEW YORK -- As the Yankees work to plot the course of their offseason spending, "The Boss" is playing an active role in the decision-making.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that George M. Steinbrenner is involved in the club's organizational meetings, with a two-hour meeting taking place at the Tampa, Fla., home of the 79-year-old principal owner.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi joined a group that included managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, team president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost. The AP reported that co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner took part in a later session at the Yankees Spring Training complex.

Girardi said on Wednesday in New York that he was looking forward to joining the club brass after conferring on a daily basis with Cashman about personnel issues.

"We're going to have some meetings here in the next couple of days, talk about some more things," Girardi said. "We'll start gearing up for the Winter Meetings. There's not a lot going on right now, and you want to know what you're going to have going into Spring Training so you can start thinking about things."

The elder Steinbrenner has kept a low profile since ceding day-to-day control of the Yankees to his sons, Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, two years ago.

The meetings are scheduled to continue on Friday in Tampa, with Cashman and Girardi arriving at the Winter Meetings site in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.