The Yankees have until Nov. 14 to decide whether to pick up the options on Jason Giambi, Carl Pavano and Damaso Marte. Cashman would not say what his plans are, but all three are likely to be declined. Giambi and Pavano for sure, obviously.
Cashman said that the Yankees are interested in retaining Marte and could sign him to a new deal after they decline the option.
As for Bobby Abreu, I spoke to one of his agents today, Chris Leible. They have had no conversations with the Yankees whatsoever since the season ended. They believe Abreu can get – and should get – a three-year deal. Abreu will be 35 when next season starts and the Yankees are unlikely to bring him back for three years.
The St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel is right on the Pacific and features some great views. Brian Cashman’s suite, however, overlooks a huge dirt lot that is being prepared for construction.
“I wonder what that is going to be?” he said, looking out the window.
“CC Sabathia’s new house,” I said.
Cashman laughed. “Maybe so,” he said. “He’ll be able to afford it.”
Meanwhile, Cash met the media wearing jeans, brown Reef sandals and a light blue Nike t-shirt with a while skull and crossbones on it. He looked like a skateboarder.
Cashman also had a football with him. He likes to toss it around while talking strategy with his staff.