“It’s not as simple as seeing the obvious talent from the stands.
It goes a lot deeper than that.”
Even with CC Sabathia locked up, Cashman made it clear this afternoon that pitching — especially rotation depth — will remain the Yankees focus this winter. With a limited free agent market, Yu Darvish might become the best starter available.
Of course, there’s also the chance that he could be another Kei Igawa.
“Like anything else, you try to take steps backward to find out where you missed and why you missed,” Cashman said. “I think when you’re scouting Japan, it’s more than just what you see from the scout’s perspective in the stands. You’ve got to understand the game a lot more: the equipment that they use, and their conditioning programs, and their schedule, and their travel and obviously their culture and stuff like that. And trying to factor that into what you might see transpiring over there. Does it perfectly translate over here? There can obviously be some variances because of that.”
The Yankees have seen it go wrong. Doesn’t necessarily mean they think it would go wrong again, just means they’ve lived through the cautionary tale.
“I think we’re more prepared today than we have been in the past in terms of how we evaluate players over there and what risks we’re willing to take,” Cashman said. “… We’ve gotten a lot more educated by our past experiences as you would expect. That doesn’t mean we’re going to shy away. That doesn’t mean we’re going to be more aggressive. That just means I think we’ve gotten more educated, that’s all, and that’s a good thing.”
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