At some point during last week’s Winter Meetings, I told a friend that — for the time being — the Yankees were the most falsely interesting team in baseball. They were at the heart of the game’s biggest ongoing story, but that story was the same day after day.
The Yankees were interested in Cliff Lee. They were talking to Cliff Lee. Oh my gosh, they were making Cliff Lee an offer!
Derek Jeter’s press conference changed the tone for a while, but even at Jeter’s press conference, Brian Cashman answered a series of Lee questions. Back at the meetings themselves, when he wasn’t talking about Lee, Cashman was talking about the “wide net” he had cast into the free agent and trade markets.
Turns out, we should have focused on the net.
“You have to be in a position to still know what the trade market is,” Cashman said yesterday. “What the available free agent market is, the prices attached to that, the requests, and match it up to what your budget is.”
Now that the story has changed, it’s time for Cashman to begin looking into that net to find the pieces that fit.
“There are definitely pitchers out there available,” Cashman said the day before he left Orlando. “And I know that we can line up with teams because of the deep farm system I think we have, and I think people recognize that. There are some players that are available on the trade market.”