This was probably the line of night from Brian Cashman, and it pretty well sums up the Yankees situation heading into these Winter Meetings.
“This isn’t the old seat-of-the-pants, get drunk in the lobby and write names on the napkin,” Cashman said. “People don’t conduct business that way any more. They just don’t.”
The Yankees are not doing anything by the seat of their pants this winter. They aren’t making any sudden moves, and they aren’t making any decisions that aren’t carefully considered. When Cashman walked into the Hilton Anatole some 24 hours after most baseball executives, it was with no sense of urgency or panic.
Like it or not, this is the way the Yankees are going about things this winter.
“I’m not down here to sit back and order room service for four days and be content,” Cashman said. “I’m going to keep trying, but I just don’t want to be stupid. Obviously if we do something, I want it to be something we feel really good about. I’m not going to do something just to do something because that’s what you do at this time of year… I think it’s best to not feel good about anything. I know we have a good team. I know we have a lot of talent, but I don’t think it’s the right mindset.”
• Cashman has had “very little, so far” contact with Andruw Jones or Eric Chavez, but he said he does have interest in bringing both of them back. He’s not looking to address the bench right now, so those two will wait.
• Cashman also has interest in Bartolo Colon but wouldn’t guarantee him a rotation spot. “When we signed him last year we told him rotation or bullpen,” Cashman said. “If we sign him again this year, it’d be the same circumstance.
• On trade offers: “I’ve got a lot of teams expressing interest in Nova, Gardner, Hughes, Montero, Noesi, Banuelos, Betances; I’ve had teams ask me about Robertson,” Cashman said. “The ones that people don’t ask me about are Cano and Granderson. Outside of that, I’ve had basically hits on everybody else. All those guys are either future high performers or currently high performers, they’re under control and they’re cheap. It’s, ‘Hey, take my older, expensive, over-the-hill guy for your young, better-performing guy.’ I’m like, ‘Let me think about that and get back to you.’”
• Cashman on his own trade proposals: “I’m sure my ideas are as distasteful as the ones I’ve received.”
• A team source indicated that the Yankees could take someone in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft, but they pick so late they’re not sure any of their targets will still be available.
• A rival executive thought it was possible a team like the Yankees — though not the Yankees specifically — might spend huge money on the international market this winter because of the new CBA. The same executive said he likes Yoenis Cespedes, but the asking price is astronomical. He also likes Yu Darvish, but has concerns about his stuff translating in the big leagues.
• Cashman in response to the Post story that the Yankees are focusing on future spending in the wake of the new collective bargaining agreement: “I haven’t commented so far on the new CBT, so I’m going to maintain that at this stage. But everything is clearly relevant, so you have to factor it all in.”
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