Joe Girardi just arrived in Dallas. He said he’s been only loosely following the Winter Meetings, but he certainly knows the Yankees haven’t done much this offseason.
“Obviously those role players that did so well for us last year, those are roles that have not been filled yet,” Girardi said. “I think that’s important to our club, because we do have some age and we do like to give guys a day off here and there. I thought Andruw Jones did a tremendous job for us and I thought Chavez did a tremendous job for us as well. We missed Chavez when he went down for that two and a half months, so I think those are important roles that we need to fill. I know we’re trying to increase our starting depth, and if not, some kids are probably going to get a chance to maybe step up this year.”
The Yankees have made it clear that they’re prioritizing rotation depth ahead of bench players.
“It’s kind of what we did last year, and that depth became extremely important for us,” Girardi said. “We saw some teams struggle with that; as guys got hurt, they were hard to replace. We were fortunate enough that we had depth, so that’s important going into spring training. You never know what’s going to happen.”