It’s been roughly 24 hours since the Yankees announced that they will not sign Hiroyuki Nakajima, and in that time the team has not talked to any free agents about potentially filling the final spot on their bench.
Brian Cashman said this afternoon that he’s still interested in finding someone for that infield role, but he’s had no conversations with anyone — including Eric Chavez — since the Nakajima negotiations fell through.
“It’s just (a matter of) how much money we have and how we’ll allocate it,” Cashman said. “Just depends on who’s on the board and who’s available via trade, and I’ll continue my conversations with my owner.”
Losing out on Nakajima doesn’t change much for the Yankees — “I guess not,” Cashman said — because there are still available players who can fill that potential role. Nakajima was a an interesting possibility, but not the only fit.
“We would have liked to have had him,” Cashman said. “It was nothing ventured, nothing gained… I think he’s a better player than the role he would have had to play here.”