Brian Cashman just met with the New York reporters who are here.
As you might imagine, it’s not like he sits there and runs down the list of players he wants. But a few interesting things did come out of the session:
1. He does not consider center field a priority. With Brett Gardner, Johnny Damon and Melky Cabrera around and Austin Jackson on the way, the Yankees are deep there.
2. The Yankees are out to acquire two starters. “We won’t be one and done,” Cashman said. You can interpret that in a few ways. It could be one new player and Andy Pettitte, two new players or maybe two new players and Pettitte. Cashman said that right now, Wang and Joba are the only starters he has.
3. Joba will start the 2009 season as a starter and they’ll come up with a plan to protect him as best they can.
4. Ian Kennedy will pitch winter ball in Puerto Rico. He is Tampa throwing now and is scheduled to start his first game on Friday.
5. Robbie Cano has been cleared to play one month in the Dominican Winter League starting Nov. 22. He’ll DH only. Kevin Long will be in the Dominican on Nov. 15 for a week to work with Robbie on the swing changes they incorporated at the end of last season.
6. The Yankees are close to naming a third base coach and it sounds like it will come from within. That could mean Luis Sojo.
7. Cashman said they were sorry to lose Rafael Chaves. But he was getting a promotion with the Dodgers.
8. Cashman hasn’t spoken to Mike Mussina since calling him a few days after the season to congratulate him on winning 20 games. He claims not to know whether the Moose will retire.
9. Not that you care much. But Eric Milton and Victor Zambrano are free agents again. The Yankees basically paid them to throw bullpens in Tampa last year. I would assume that gives them a leg up should they want to bring them back.
Back with more later.