Standing in the Hilton lobby surrounded by the media one last time Wednesday morning, Brian Cashman said many of the same things he had been saying the previous two days. Has anything changed since the GM Meetings began on Monday?
“Nothing at all, actually,” Cashman said.
Up next is what Cashman called a “necessary evil.” The winter isn’t the exciting part of his job. Fans might love the hot stove, but it’s a tedious and I imagine a stressful process for the folks in the front office. Here’s what comes next for the Yankees.
“No different from what we do in the amateur draft,” Cashman said. “Do a prep list up and go from there. Obviously in many positions it’s not relevant, but there are some positions that are relevant. I have a free agent left fielder. I have a free agent DH. I have a free agent starting pitcher. I have a free agent backup catcher. Some free agent bench stuff that are important. Our internal candidates, what the trade market provides and what the free agent market provides, prep them all out and try to put a strategy together to attack those areas of need.”
I’m sure every team is a little different, but in one way or another, teams quite literally make lists of their preferences and then go about trying to make those preferences a reality. Now that Cashman is out of Chicago, that process can begin for the Yankees.