As expected, Brian Cashman didn’t have much to say.
He essentially refused to acknowledge the presence of Johan Santana on the face of the earth. He refused comment on Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez or Mariano Rivera.
He did say that if Melky Cabrera were traded, Johnny Damon can play center and Hideki Matsui left. The Yankees have not talked to any free-agent CFs.
Get this: He loves Kyle Farnsworth and can’t imagine trading him. Cashman claimed, “a lot of clubs are calling for him.” Farnsworth, he said, would be the set-up man.
We asked him in assorted ways whether Hank Steinbrenner has usurped his power and Cashman talked around it. He never came right out and said no.
There are indications that the Yankees will meet with the Twins tonight and if a deal is going to get done, this is the time. But keep in mind that they made a big display of walking away from the Randy Johnson talks in 2004 only to trade for him a few weeks later.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: After careful consideration, I won’t be posting the audio of Cashman’s meeting with the beat writers. The main reason is that only 10 of us were invited and plenty of people who wanted in were kept out, including ESPN Radio.
I can’t see ruining that exclusivity by posting the audio here. Anybody could lift it.
The second reason is that Cashman spent a lot of time joking around with us and that stuff is essentially off the record.
Recording the manager of the GM in a room full of people after a game is one thing. But in a situation like this, it’s not the professional thing to do. Hope you understand.