Well, scratch that.
Instead of chatting at noon, I’ll be at Brian Cashman’s end-of-the-season press conference. Joe Girardi did his year-end thing in Houston, but today it’s the GM’s turn to talk about what went wrong and how to make it better. Mostly it’s the “make it better” part that matters. There will probably be some looking back — the injuries, the signings that didn’t work out, the struggles of the farm system — but the Yankees are facing a wildly unpredictable offseason, and the most pressing question will be how Cashman plans to fill holes and improve the team while cutting payroll.
“What’s the number?” Derek Jeter said on Sunday. “How many teams are over that? Come on now. If you can’t win with 189 million dollars, it’s not like we’re sitting here saying our payroll is $50 million, so I don’t pay attention to that.”
Jeter might not pay attention, but you can bet most everyone else will be. And as long as Cashman’s in this role, it’s his job to find a way to make the payroll limitation work to rebuild a winner.
“I think that’s how it will be approached,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s not like you’re cutting the payroll down to $60 million. It’s still a pretty high number. There’s a substantial amount of money coming off the books too just because of free agency and some players retiring. I’m sure it will be a busy winter, but a good winter.”
We’ll just to the chat tomorrow instead. Maybe Cashman will give us more to talk about.
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