As baseball settles in for Day 2 of the General Managers Meetings, there is still no new collective bargaining agreement, but Brian Cashman said yesterday that an uncertain CBA is having no impact on his offseason approach.
“I don’t think so,” Cashman said. “The CBA will affect us, but they haven’t kept us informed about what’s going on and where they’re at… Right now, we’re operating under the same rules, so that’s all I can go off of. Everything else, I don’t know what to believe of what I read to be honest. People obviously have their contacts. What’s accurate and what’s not, I don’t know.”
For now, the immediate, short-term impact of a CBA change would involve draft pick compensation; what the Yankees might give up in signing a top free agent, and what they might gain from losing Freddy Garcia. Cashman, though, said he has not been waiting to make a move because of the CBA. He’ll deal with the new rules whenever they’re in place. For now, it’s business as usual.
“I assume it’s my best interest not to speculate on what think it’s going to be like to be honest,” Cashman said. “Because A) I wouldn’t know what I’m talking about, and B) I wouldn’t want to compromise whatever they’re trying to accomplish.”