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Cashman: “We’re an an unfinished product”

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[2]Today’s guest post was another example of fortunate timing.

This morning, Yair wrote about the Red Sox putting themselves back in contention, making moves to refuel the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry.

At last night’s charity bartending event, Brian Cashman was once again asked how his club stacks up against the Red Sox at this point in the offseason.

Cashman had been asked a similar question during Tuesday’s now infamous WFAN breakfast, and he answered much the same way last night, saying that the Red Sox look like a better team on paper because they have a deeper rotation.

“They might be a finished product,” Cashman said. “We’re an unfinished product.”

The Yankees have remained a work in progress all winter, and — if Cashman can’t solve his rotation issues in the next month — they might remain a work in progress until July 31.

As for other notes from last night’s event…

• Cashman’s quick, to-the-point evaluation of his current situation: “I need starting pitching,” he said. “That’s what I need.”

• About the Andy Pettitte situation: Last night, Jon Heyman reported that the Yankees were prepared to offer Pettitte $12 million. [3]Craig Calcaterra quoted a source saying there’s a “very strong possibility” that Pettitte will pitch this year. [4] Cashman said, in no uncertain terms, that the Pettitte situation has not changed. Pettitte has told the Yankees he’s learning toward retirement, and that opinion — as far as the Yankees know — has not changed.

• One quote from Cashman about Pettitte: “No one wants to let him go. That’s probably the issue.” Cashman said Pettitte has been “awesome” about the situation, that communication has been constant and the Yankees are not being stopped from making a move because of Pettitte’s possible retirement.

• Why hasn’t Cashman added a reliable starting pitcher? “If I could do business and fill my rotation, I’d do it right now” Cashman said. “I just don’t like the choices.”

• Asked one more time about the possibility of leaving the Yankees, Cashman said: “I want to do what’s best for the franchise at all times. As long as I feel that I’m capable of doing that, and they want me, and I’m effective, and the fans are happy, then I can stay.”

• Last night’s event benefited prostate cancer research. Cashman said he was excited to participate because the cause meant a lot to him. His father-in-law died of prostate cancer. Cashman also joked that he always wanted to be a bartender, and last night was an opportunity to check that off his bucket list.

The picture is from my cell phone. Yes, Cashman was wearing his highlighted wig.