Right about now, Brian Cashman is boarding a plane out of Indianapolis, literally putting his active four days of the Winter Meetings behind him. This was the storm before the calm.
“I am definitely not in a position right now where I feel like I’m ready to do anything,” he said. “The next step isn’t ready to happen now, based on my conversations. There shouldn’t be another shoe to drop immediately.”
Cashman has options, and he has little need for urgency. He has to act, obviously, but the past four days have surely eased any need for desperation. Yesterday, Cashman acknowledged having talked to John Lackey’s agent. Today, he acknowledged talking about Ben Sheets. He’s met with the agents for Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui. He’s been engaged with multiple trade talks. As soon as something makes sense, he’ll be ready to move.
“Patience can benefit you, (or) it might not,” Cashman said. “You can wait something out and see if it falls in your lap, but by doing that you risk losing something that you want. It’s a little riskier for us to play that game. If we really want something and it fits in our criteria at some point, waiting it out to see if it gets cheaper, I’m not sure that’s the way we go about it.”
• Contrary to some reports, the Yankees were never going to take Zach Kroenke with the top Rule 5 pick. “That was not a consideration,” Cashman said.
• Cashman met with reliever Rafael Soriano’s agent — Soriano ultimately accepted arbitration and was quickly traded to Tampa Bay — but the Yankees were never serious players for the right-hander.
• Would the Yankees enter the season with Juan Miranda as their primary designated hitter? I don’t know, but I honestly believe the Yankees are not going to be overly aggressive in trying to upgrade the position unless it means a DH who can also play the field. “I’m not trying to oversell anybody,” Cashman said. “Juan Miranda will do a nice job against right-handers as our DH, if that’s the way we have to go. Is that the right way to go? We’ll check the market. Like with backup catcher. I have Cervelli. Is that the right thing to do? We’ll see.”
• Cashman said he fully expected to lose both Kroenke and Kanekoa Texeira in today’s Rule 5. “There are at least two other guys I thought were going,” he said. Cashman didn’t say who those other two were. My guess: Kevin Whelan and Colin Curtis.
• By the way, Cashman confirmed that Kroenke can elect free agency if he’s not kept by the Diamondbacks. That means there’s a solid chance the left-hander is gone no matter what. “Kroenke’s probably toast,” Cashman said.
• Not sure how I forgot to include this quote in the original post, but anyway… Cashman was talking about his reluctance to trade away young players, and he once again said that losing three young players in the Granderson trade does not change his willingness to make another trade if the situation is right. This line is sure to scare the (heck) out of a lot of people, but Cashman said, “For the right player, I’ll move anybody.”