I have to imagine the lobby of the Hilton Anatole is pretty boring this morning. No baseball executives randomly walking through. No reporters constantly checking their cell phones. No random guys stumbling into fountains.
The baseball world has separated again, with decision makers going their separate ways. Brian Cashman and Co. flew back to New York yesterday afternoon having done very little in Dallas. The Yankees won the right to negotiate with a Japanese shortstop, and the landed a pair of Rule 5 picks.
Otherwise, some of the game’s top free agents came of the market this week without the Yankees ever being seriously involved.
“You should do what you’re willing to do regardless of outside stimuli,” Cashman said. “Just because somebody else did something doesn’t all of sudden change your focus. We’ve worked hard. We’ve put a game plan out. We’ve had a lot of meetings. We’ve had a lot of discussions.
“… The road I wouldn’t say is hard – it’s not expected to be easy – but just because it’s what I expected it to be doesn’t mean we have to all of a sudden decide to throw more chips on the table. We’ll just wait, and we’ll be patient. We’ve got a lot of good stuff here, and we’ve got a good team. I want to make it better. It can get better. It could get better. It’s not like a basketball game where you’ve got a clock that’s going to go off and you have to do it in a 60-minute period, or whatever the timeframe is. I don’t have a buzzer going off just yet.”
Cashman was saying these things before he went to Dallas, and he was singing the same song on his way out.
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