I remember thinking my timing was pretty good. Brian Cashman had been asked about Rafael Soriano over and over and over again, and I happened to be the one on the phone when he finally decided to give a definitive response.
“I will not lose our No. 1 draft pick,” Cashman said. “I would have for Cliff Lee. I won’t lose our No. 1 draft pick for anyone else.”
That was two years ago today, the same day that Buster Olney tweeted about the Yankees being interested in Soriano only if he came “absurdly cheap.”  It wasn’t going to happen. The Yankees weren’t willing to give the pick or the money necessary to sign Soriano.
Of course, within days Soriano was signed and Cashman was publicly explaining that ownership went over his head to get it done.
Two years later, is anyone expecting a similar surprise? All we’ve heard about is saving money, preparing for 2014 and being cautious in both the free agent and trade markets. As we start this first full week of 2013, is there any chance the Yankees will suddenly reverse course and make an impact move? Are things different because it’s ownership — and not only Cashman — talking about patience and a conservative approach?
Associated Press photo