Brian Cashman said he called around, that the goal is always to improve the pitching. But he didn’t find what he was looking for at the right price. So the rotation remains as is. The Yankees didn’t make a move before the nonwaiver trade deadline at 4 today.
“I just feel like we’re a lot deeper,” Cashman said. “I’m willing, by the position I’ve taken in the last three weeks, to rely on that than go out and pay an enormous price on something that I’m not certain what it’s going to provide. …
“We have one of the premier rosters in the game right now.”
Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon have combined for 18 wins. Cashman also praised the improvement in A.J. Burnett and talked about Phil Hughes just having to find the consistency. But most of all, he talked about the organizational pitching depth.
First there’s Ivan Nova with nine wins and no spot. Then there’s Adam Warren, the 23-year-old Triple-A righty. Cashman said he’s “a legitimate starting choice for us right now.” But they’re highest on Manny Banuelos, who appears to be on the fast track. The 20-year-old lefty has earned a promotion from Double-A Trenton. He’s scheduled to make his debut for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. Cashman didn’t rule him out of the major-league picture for this season, either.
“He’s obviously got ability that the whole industry has taken notice of,” Cashman said.
Cashman also didn’t rule out moves before the waiver-deal deadline Aug. 31.
“It doesn’t mean we’re done shopping or done looking,” Cashman said. “But at the same time, I’m very comfortable with the decisions we made. I like our team. We’ll continue to look for ways to make it better. I think we have some very talented young kids. They might come up here and it’ll be interesting to see their attempt to make it better.”
Brett Gardner, who had the decisive three-run triple in today’s 4-2 win over the Orioles, didn’t think a trade was necessary.
“Everybody has been playing pretty well,” Gardner said. “You hear people talking — not players, teammates or coaches, but outside, media, things like that — about trying to get a pitcher. But I don’t really see where we need one. Our guys have been throwing the ball great.
“Freddy and Bartolo were two great pickups in the offseason. Both those guys have been tremendous. I think we’re right where we want to be at.”
Mariano Rivera took the no-deal outcome as a positive.
“That gives the whole team confidence that the front office, the manager and everybody, has confidence in us,” he said. “We have a great team, so we just have to go out there and fight.”
*Derek Jeter’s right middle finger took a beating in this series. He took a grounder off of it Saturday night. Then Jake Arrieta hit him on the knuckle with a third-inning 91 mph fastball in this finale. Jeter came out an inning later for a pinch hitter.
“I just have problems gripping, which can affect throwing and swinging, which is a problem when you’re trying to play baseball.” Jeter said.
X-rays were negative. He’s day to day. He hopes to play tonight in Chicago. But Joe Girardi wasn’t so sure.
“Could it be a day or two? I think it could be a possibility,” Girardi said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
*Freddy Garcia extended his career-high streak to 59 2-3 innings without allowing a homer, the longest streak now for starters in the majors. He also improved to 54-23 in day games, a .701 winning percentage, the best among active pitchers. Why’s he so good on the day shift?
“Maybe because the players go out and they don’t have no rest,” Garcia said, smiling. “I don’t know. I love to pitch day games. It’s always been that way.”
*Francisco Cervelli pinch hit for Jeter in the fourth and played two innings at second, his first time there in his career. His one chance resulted in a low throw to second, but he still got the force. Cano moved from DH to second in the seventh.
“(Girardi) told me to get ready and then I started putting my shin guards on and he said, ‘You’re going to play second base.’ I said, ‘Alright,’ ” Cervelli said. “I was surprised, but you just do it.”
*The Yankees finished the homestand 7-3. They are 9-1 now vs. Baltimore.