NEW YORK – A year ago, Brian Cashman was still elbow deep in conducting a major executive search, which delayed…
NEW YORK – A year ago, Brian Cashman was still elbow deep in conducting a major executive search, which delayed Yanke’s entry into what proved to be a long-term offseason market. There is no such distraction now, which is happy, for the Yankees General Manager says he has a lot to do.
The Yankees are looking for two more launchers, preferably high quality caliber, and have spoken to both Zach Britton and David Robertson on potential return to the bull pen. Cashman also determines how Yankees should handle the absence of Didi Gregorius and there has been an internal talk about extending extensions to Dellin Betances Gregory or Aaron Hicks .
In short, Cashman will be busy in the next few weeks. While the highest buzzen has joined Yankees to Free Agent Infielder Manny Machado Cashman and General Manager Hal Steinbrenner have repeatedly said that startup is their priority. The team looks like soundmakers when the baseball world comes down to Las Vegas for next month’s winter nights.
“I think we are always open to being big or small players,” says Cashman. “I do not think it really matters to what we stop doing as long as we do enough to make the best team in baseball. We can restore big hunters.” We have restored our luxury tax. “
” Hal Steinbrenner and The Steinbrenner family has always been massively supporting this franchise for the fans. We are capable. We will see if we are performing at that level, if this is the winter we choose to do, or if we go another way. Everything we try to do lies in the best of franchise, present and future. “
Cashman, who participated on Thursday in a Sleep Out event to favor Covenant House, said there was no date meeting Machado whose postseason commented that he is not a player like hustler was “worried” in Steinbrenner’s view .
Steinbrenner told reporters on Wednesday that he would like to hear a statement from Machado. It would be in Cashman’s kingdom to ask these kinds of questions, something as he said he has done before with other potential free agents.
Video: Cashman discusses how to evaluate free agent Machado
“I’ve definitely met players in the free agency many times over and had the good and honest dialogue, “said Cashman.” It has either brought us more interest to the player, or it was really good that we went out of the room saying: “Wow, there’s no way I could bring that special a player to New York. “It’s a healthy environment.
“We like to educate people about who we are and where we want to go and get a feeling back if there is an adaptation there if that player can fit into our culture and our New York environment or not. There are times I’ve been refreshing, feeling strong: “I’m glad he was so sincere because it will not be a good fit.” “
If the Yankees were to deal with Gregory’s absence internally, Gleyber Torres should be their most likely option to push over to shortstop, and leave Cashman to find a second baseman. Free agent Neil Walker is an opportunity to return, while Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade are native.
Cashman said it’s on Yankees & # 39; radar to discuss long-term extensions with some of their arbitrary players, namely Betances, Gregory and Hicks. These conversations have not yet opened, he said.
“Is there anything on the list of things to talk to and go through and come to? Yes,” said Cashman. “I would not exclude anything. Have we kicked it on a very small scale in the offices? Like it’s now or never? Yes, we have.”
At the start front, Cashman said it’s too early to decide if they are more likely to add via a free agency or trade. Patrick Corbin J.A. Happ and Dallas Keuchel are among the free agents the Yankees have expressed interest in.
Video: Cashman Seeks to Attach Arms to Yankees Revolution
The Yankees have reportedly contacted the Indians ( Carlos Carrasco Corey Kluber ) and the Mariners ( ] James Paxton ) to view swaps and New York would be willing to share with some of his young prospects under the right circumstances.
“I can not predict. It is interesting, there are many players available in the trading market,” says Cashman. “I’m curious about how it affects the free trade market, but there are many quality choices in the free trade market. Pitching is the key.”
Cashman added that he had spoken to Robertson, who chose to represent himself this offseason. Cashman said that Rhode Island residents have expressed a preference for pitching for a team in the northeast.
“Will he come back? Yes, but he said the same to me as he told the public – he must do what is in his family’s best,” said Cashman. “He is looking for the best he can get. He must have gone to the affiliate school, it’s usually the first thing you hear. There must be a playbook.”
Bryan Hoch has covered Yankees for MLB.com since 2007 Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.