Talked to Brian Cashman at today’s winter coat drive in Times Square. He certainly didn’t say anything that will raise eyebrows, and I’m not even sure he said anything that couldn’t have been predicted a week ago, but it’s the Yankees GM addressing a group of reporters, so it’s worth passing along.
“I haven’t talked to every team and I haven’t talked to every agent yet,” Cashman said. “I certainly haven’t had one agent tell me what they want financially. No one’s made any demands to me. No one’s made me an offer, so I don’t know what these current free agents are looking for yet in terms of years or dollars, and I certainly don’t have every team covered yet (for trade analysis), although I certainly am trying.”
I’ll have a full set of notes once I have time to listen back through all of the interview and make a list of everything Cashman said. The basic theme, though, was the pursuit of pitching in a market that seems fairly thin.
Would Cashman be comfortable going into spring training with his current pitching staff, leaving young guys like Hector Noesi, Adam Warren and Manny Banuelos to compete for a big league spot?
“Comfortable? No,” Cashman said. “My preference would be to feel great about it, but I wasn’t comfortable going into last spring training at all, and I said that. Obviously we had some serious question marks that eventually answered in a real positive way, but there were question marks. We have pitchers that are capable, but there are question marks right now. They could answer the same questions in a positive way, but in fairness and to be honest, would I be real comfortable right now? No.
“There is obviously more developmental steps necessary for some of those guys. Are some of them capable of doing what Nova did in terms of taking a gigantic from what he did in 2010 to 2011? Is that possible? It’s possible. Is it something you want to count on and expect? I think that’s a dangerous thing to do. We do like our young players, we do give them opportunities, but I believe it’s in our best interest, if I can continue to reinforce the rotation to get a little bit more comfort level there. It might not be realistic, but we’ll see.”