Good decision by the Yankees, who are hosting a conference call with Brian Cashman beginning at 12:30. Better to let him answer all of these questions once rather than answer all of these questions a dozen times from a dozen different reporters.
I’ll update this post occasionally throughout the call.
UPDATE: 12:31 p.m.“Plan B is patience. We’ll engage the remaining free agent and trade market, and pursue what interests us at the level that we feel is appropriate.”
UPDATE, 12:33 p.m.: Cashman says Cliff Lee has no impact on Andy Pettitte. Whether Pettitte comes back is up to Pettitte. “I don’t wake up today with the Cliff Lee decision having to make a phone call to Andy.”
UPDATE, 12:36 p.m.: “I’m not angry. It certainly would have been nice to have him in our rotation, but that’s not going to happen.”
UPDATE, 12:38 p.m.: On the failed mid-season trade attempt: “I’m thankful even more so now that I didn’t do that.”
UPDATE, 12:39 p.m.: On Russell Martin: “I would not comment.”
UPDATE, 12:41 p.m.: On his wide net: “I’ve stayed in touch and I suspect that the first stage of this stuff, people are going to dial up on both trade and free agent price tags on us.”
UPDATE, 12:42 p.m.: “I think it would be a rare situation for me to include Montero in a deal.”
UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: “The one thing The Boss has taught me personally is the fact that you have to get in the arena and fight. Sometimes you win the fight and sometimes you lose the fight… We’re not down and out at all.”
UPDATE, 12:50 p.m.: Cashman got the news late last night, between 11:30 and midnight. Darek Braunecker called, told Cashman he was going a different direction — Cashman didn’t ask where he was signing — and Cashman immediately called Hal Steinbrenner. Cashman said, at that point, he was not surprised to hear the news.