Yanks to start meetings Thursday, try to get back to playoffs

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees will sort through their offseason plans when organizational meetings begin Thursday at the team's spring training complex.

Co-chairmen Hank and Hal Steinbrenner were to participate in the sessions along with team president Randy Levine, chief operating officer Lonn Trost and general manager Brian Cashman.

"It's to set our offseason priorities, certainly, and what we need to try and do," Hank Steinbrenner said Wednesday. "This year, we definitely are all pretty much on the same page. We know what we have to do, and it's going to take a lot of work and a lot of effort. Hopefully we can get as much done as we hope."

The Yankees went 89-73 this past season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 1993. New York was hit hard by injuries, losing more than 30 combined starts from Chien-Ming Wang (foot) and Joba Chamberlain (shoulder).

Wang threw off a half-mound this week at the Yankees' minor league complex.

Whether Chamberlain will start 2009 in the rotation or bullpen will be discussed.

The Yankees are thought to be interested in free agent pitchers CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Ben Sheets, and first baseman Mark Teixeira. Also, exploring a trade for San Diego pitcher Jake Peavy is possible.

"Our goal is to win the World Series," Steinbrenner said. "This year was a little strange because the American League East was so powerful. We finished third because of the division we're in. But, is it acceptable for us to be with what we ended up with? No, it's not. So we're going to do what we can to correct that."