A few smaller notes that might have slipped through the cracks today…
• Brian Cashman said once again that the Yankees, “traded for Curtis Granderson to be our center fielder.” The Yankees don’t plan on moving him to left field and starting Brett Gardner in center, but there is one scenario in which that might happen. “That scenario would be only if Brett Gardner proves he’s the best center fielder on our club,” Cashman said.
• Vazquez has now been traded five times. The Yankees were actively involved in three of those trades, and they checked on Vazquez the other times he was traded. Cashman said the Yankees talked to Arizona in 2005 and talked to the White Sox in 2008, “but we just didn’t match up.”
• Something to keep in mind about Vazquez’s contract. “He projects as maybe a Type-A free agent,” Cashman said. “So if we’re not in a position to retain him, we’ll have the ability to secure draft picks. That was an attractive side of it as well. There are a lot of different reasons, but first and foremost, his ability to solidify the back of our rotation.”
• Asked if it was reasonable to assume either Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes would be the setup man next season, Cashman acknowledged it’s a possibility, but also threw Dave Robertson’s name in the mix.
• Why improve the rotation at the cost of the outfield? “Trying to strengthen the rotation with quality pitching is harder to do than to find someone to play left field,” Cashman siad. “Left field is an important part of the team, but the left field market is a lot fuller than the starting pitching market.”
• Here’s the Atlanta side of the story.