Most of Brian Cashman’s outside-the-box winter moves — Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Eric Chavez, Luis Ayala — gave the Yankees a greater-than-expected boost this season. These were players fresh off the bargain rack, and they gave the Yankees the depth they needed when inevitable injuries struck.
In the case of Garcia, Cashman landed a low-cost, low-profile addition that became the Yankees third-best starter this season.
Ultimately, Cashman had a better offseason than most imagined eight months ago. And he managed to fortify the roster with another low-profile, mid-season addition: The minor league signing of Cory Wade.
At the trade deadline, though, Cashman was silent. Did that quiet July affect the Yankees in their brief October?
“I can just tell you I tried to do everything I felt was right and hoped it would be enough,” Cashman said. “I was comfortable with the decisions I made. I wish I could have made us better so we weren’t sitting in this position, but I’m comfortable with everything I did. I don’t see there was any missed opportunity I could have done differently.”
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