Just so you know the question was asked…
Brian Cashman was asked today whether the new collective bargaining agreement will impact his pursuit of international free agents this winter. Teams are about to pay a premium when they spend big on the international market — and there are some premier international free agents out there — but Cashman wouldn’t comment on the issue.
“I’m not prepared to talk about what the new CBA does to us and how we have to adjust to it,” he said. “I’m still sifting through all of it. It’s a big document, and as you go through it you’re having meetings on every aspect of it as well as trying to do the job at the same time.”
A few other quick notes from today…
• Cashman’s first comment to a small group of reporters this morning: “I publicly challenge Bobby Valentine to join me on the building. Landmark Square. First week of December. Be there.” Valentine lives in Stamford, but Cashman said he wasn’t sure the new Red Sox manager would ever actually join him in the rappel.
• Cashman texted Mariano Rivera yesterday but said he hasn’t heard back from his closer. Rivera was scheduled to have vocal chord surgery today.
• Cashman spent some time touting the 2010 emergence of Phil Hughes and the 2011 emergence of Ivan Nova. “As we continue to look outside for pitching, the next guy we’ve got coming is Noesi,” Cashman said. “Behind that is Betances and Banuelos and Warren and Phelps. We are producing some serious pitching that we’re proud of. Robertson and what he did this past year, just the continuation of what’s been a great pro career so far. We’re going to continue to look for ways to reinforce it, but we’re proud of what we’ve got and have high hopes for what’s coming.”
• Cashman rappelled three times this morning, and said his first time down the building was “remarkably” easier than his first descent last year. He wore a Santa hat with the Yankees logo.