Brian Cashman was at a WFAN sponsored breakfast this morning, and while addressing the crowd, he acknowledged several truths about the Yankees. Most notably, Cashman said it’s possible Derek Jeter will be playing center field by the end of his current contract.
“I like corner outfielders and corner infielders who have power, so for me, if he’s ever gonna move, it’s probably gonna be a Robin Yount situation. But we don’t have to deal with it at this point,” Cashman said, according to ESPNNewYork. “We’ll deal with it when we have to.”
Nothing in Cashman’s comments suggests the Yankees are planning to make a move with Jeter, but Cashman has acknowledged the simple truth that a 36-year-old can’t stay at shortstop forever.
Most of the breakfast comments came from the Twitter account of ESPNW contributor Amanda Rykoff. Some other highlights:
• As far as I can remember, this is the first time Cashman has acknowledged that Joba Chamberlain hasn’t been the same since his injury in Texas.
• Cashman still wants to add a starting pitcher. “We’re one starter away from being a World Series contender,” he said. Cashman also acknowledged that the rotation best-case scenario is to have Andy Pettitte come back, moving Ivan Nova into the fifth spot.
• The Yankees see Andruw Jones as a new version of Marcus Thames with “slightly better defense.”
• Cashman has previously said Russell Martin, as long as he’s healthy, will absolutely be the Yankees starting catcher. Today he said there will be an open competition for the job.
• Cashman said that right now the Red Sox look like a better team than the Yankees, but the Yankees have the better bullpen.
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