Just returned from the Stadium. The televised part of the press conference was pretty standard.
Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman met with the print writers later on and that’s where we got some information.
The coaching staff will be as was reported here. Cashman is settling those deals now.
Cashman said his preference was to have Robinson Cano remain at second base. But he admitted that he has thought about using him at third base if there is a need.
Joba Chamberlain will be a starter unless Mariano Rivera goes elsewhere.
Hideki Matsui will soon have surgery to clean up his right knee. He should be fine by spring training.
The decision on Bobby Abreu’s option is due tomorrow. Cashman said he had to have one more discussion with the Steinbrenners. It sounds like they will pick it up.
Cashman made it clear they want to retain Rivera, Posada and Pettitte.
He also made it clear that Alex Rodriguez is not coming back. Along with the loss of the subsidy from Texas, the Yankees still can’t believe that A-Rod didn’t have the courtesy to at least talk to them first. Cashman, Hank Steinbrenner and Hal Steinbrenner all reached out to Rodriguez and he blew them off.
Cashman said they did not “need to” get a first baseman. They are prepared to go forward with Shelley Duncan, Andy Phillips and Jason Giambi.
Back later with the audio from Cashman and Girardi.