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Cashman on Jeter, A-Rod, CC, Cano, Tex and more

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 01, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees pro-scouting meetings begin on Monday. At that point, the team will begin charting what they have and what they need, prioritizing lists of offseason needs and offseason targets. It will take a few days before the Yankees have a full game plan in place.

“The most important meeting for me is that pro-scouting meeting,” Brian Cashman said. “That’s something we’ve had a great deal of success with over the years is that meeting, setting up the chess board for ourselves. A lot of things can run interference for how we are able to execute that — whether it’s negotiating, being able to secure the trade — but these guys are, I think, some of the best scouts that are in the game, and that pro-scouting meeting kind of sets the tone for what really is available to us and what players we really should be gravitating to and who we should stay away from. It’s hard for me to really say (who will come and go). Ultimately, the truth of the matter is, it’s my job to always find better than what we already have.”

Here’s Cashman on a few specific Yankees…

“I certainly hope to get Derek back to the Derek that we’re all used to. He’s one of those guys that did everything in his power to fight through something that turned out to be pretty significant. And so now he’ll have some time to back off, get some rest, some more flexibility back, and get every aspect of that ankle in line, as far as the kinetic chain. So it’ll put him in position to have the typcial training regimen he’s used to as he prepares for the season. He’ll be able to do that. The expectation is that, when that happens and does occur, he can put significant distance between what we saw and all lived through with him the last year, where obviously it was something that was really limiting him, to being the player he’s capable of being again.”


“I think if he stays he’ll have a legitimate chance to experience what you just saw, for instance, for Mariano. Maybe he has the chance to be the first Dominican-born player in Monument Park. A home-grown Yankee. But at the same time, it’s a business. He has comported himself in a tremendous way both on and off the field for the New York Yankees, and we’ve been extremely happy to have him, and we hope to extend that relationship. But we have a process to still go through on that, and he will certainly be in a position to entertain offers from other clubs in the process.”

“I operate on the assumption that I have him until they tell me otherwise. I’m not really in a position to talk about the Alex stuff. We’re not a party to it. I know from the media reports it was supposed to start yesterday, and for a while there, until I looked on Twitter and saw certain things about people coming and going, I wasn’t even sure if it had started or not because that’s how out of the loop I am on it. There’s not much to say on it. At this stage I’m not a participant in any way.”

“Based on the year he just had velocity-wise, if that didn’t come back this year, I don’t know why it would start to come back next year. So I’m going to assume he’s going to be pitching at the current velocity that he kind of settled into this year in the second half. Obviously the home run ball was a big problem for him this year. That, historically I know, can be fluky. That’s something that can be and we certainly hope is an aberration. His strikeouts-per-nine, his walks-per-nine are right where he was in ’09 and 2010, despite the lack of velocity. That shows his pitchability. … If he provides the innings, the hope and expectation certainly is that he can pitch at the front of that rotation. And those are some of the indicators that you say regardless of the velocity being down, the strikeouts-per-nine and the walks-per-nine being virtually identical to his Cy Young Award competition he was in in ’09 and 2010, when he was 21 wins and 19 wins, whatever years those were, those are indicators there is clearly something there that you have a lot of hope and belief in.”

“The surgery was something that we would’ve preferred not to have to do, but when it declared that it wasn’t going to resolve itself, they said surgery will fix it. He’ll just be dealing with knocking some serious rust off as he enters spring training. He typically is a guy historically that doesn’t hit right out of the gates early. How he gets affected by not hitting for a full year, for the most part, I don’t know, but he’ll be a healthy player that we’ll be happy to be running out to first base and thankfully that won’t be a position that we have to worry about as we enter next year. … I guess you should be careful of saying it should resolve without a problem, because we had so many problems this year that didn’t resolve as expected, but in his case, he should be fine and ready to go by spring training and productive over the course of time as he knocks the rust out.”

“Obviously he’s a tremendous defender. Singles hitter, great athlete, steals bases. He can certainly disrupt the defense. That’s my evaluation of him. When he’s going well he can obviously change a game for you. … Don’t know yet (what to expect from him next year). We’ll go through the process. My expectation is that he’s going to give us everything he’s got. I know that he will do that. What the role is going to be, I think it depends on the personnel that we have. I don’t know what that’s going to be yet.”

“I don’t know what’s going to happen. Of course we’d love to have him back, but I don’t know what’s going to happen. But he did a great job. Obviously he was our ace this year and regardless, we were really happy we were able to acquire him and hope that we can maintain a relationship with him as a player on this roster next year. But he’s a free agent, and there’s always rumblings about returning to Japan and rumblings obviously about other teams wanting him, so we’ll just have to wait and see how that plays out.”

“Michael Pineda finished healthy, and in our conversations with Larry Rothschild and Gil Patterson — our pitching coach and our pitching coordinator — the biggest and most important thing would be to allow a Michael after, say, a 13-month rehab — or between rehab and pitching and stuff for well over a year straight plus — that the rest was the biggest thing that he’d benefit from. So obviously we shut him down as a healthy player in the end. He’ll compete for a job in spring training. He’s got options, and I don’t think its healthy for anybody to guarantee anything, so I’m not going to sit here just because he’s Michael Pineda and we have high hopes to say hey we can pencil him into our rotation. He’s got to obviously show that he can stay healthy,and that he’s effective while he’s pitching. We certainly hope that’s going to be the case, but I’m not going to sit here and guarantee anything on that either. But it certainly would go a long way towards solving some problems if that was the case.”

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