Brian Cashman walked into the Hilton this afternoon with no new expectations. He had several conversations over the weekend, he said, but he feels no closer to making any sort of deal.
For now, he’s still focused on the starting rotation, looking for either depth or better options. He knows he still has to address the bench, but that’s on the back burner for now. He’ll focus on the rotation, then spend on the bench with whatever’s leftover.
“The focus on the front of the winter has mostly been on higher-end type things so that can reinforce our pitching,” Cashman said. “I have to watch our payroll, so I can’t spend a lot on the smaller stuff right now — even though they’re important players — that kind of restricts me from doing something that might come along that’s still a bit bigger, or a lot bigger. That’s why I’m making sure I exploit all the various potential pitching acquisitions, both on the free agent and trade market.
“When I get a strong-enough feel for how that’s going to go or not go, then I’ll focus on the bench.”
Cashman said not to believe any reports that he’s focusing on a left-handed reliever. Right now, he’s looking at pieces for the rotation. Everything else is secondary.
“I would like to get another lefty, but I don’t think any of you here should focus on how I’m going to do that, because I don’t anticipate that whatsoever,” Cashman said. “Is it on the wish list? It is. If anybody tells you that we’re focused on any left-handed reliever, they’re lying.”
I’ll have more on the blog later, but right now I need to write for the newspaper. Cashman didn’t drop any significant news, but I’ll pass along what he had to say.