Amid one report that the Rangers tried and failed to make a trade for Matt Garza last night, Brian Cashman this afternoon preached nothing but patience. He’s been using that word a lot this winter, and he seems to believe it’s as prudent as ever in the wake of Cliff Lee’s signing with Philadelphia.
“I think the first phase of this will be people trying to test us a little bit,” Cashman said. “The price tags are going to go up a little bit to see if we’ll bite because they’re going to sense blood in the water. I assure you we’re going to take patience. We’re going to pursue what we think makes sense. If it doesn’t, we’ll wait and we’ve got a good team.”
It’s easy to look back at this and think the Yankees should have been more aggressive this winter, but as I’ve written several times, it’s hard to find a completed signing or trade that made sense at the time. Nothing fit the Yankees quite the way Cliff Lee fit the Yankees.
“I’ve said he was worth waiting for,” Cashman said. “That is true. He was worth waiting for even though he’s not going to come here.”
There will obviously be plenty of second guessing in the coming days and weeks — and months — but I don’t look back and find anything the Yankees did wrong. They knew what they wanted, and they went after it. Lee also knew what he wanted, and he went after that.
Patience didn’t work, but that doesn’t mean it was the wrong approach.
“The one thing The Boss has taught me personally is the fact that you have to get in the arena and fight,” Cashman said. “Sometimes you win the fight, sometimes you lose the fight, you get knocked down and you have to pick yourself back up and keep fighting. The Boss is a fighter, the Yankees are fighters and I’m going to keep working. We’re not down and out at all.”
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