As expected, there was no real news coming out of today’s Brian Cashman press conference. The organization’s pro-scouting meetings begin on Monday, at which point the Yankees will hammer out some sort of early strategy for this offseason.
Cashman left open the possibility of changes in the player development department, but he made it clear that he wants to bring back Joe Girardi as manager; and if Girardi comes back, the Yankees expect to re-hire the same coaching staff.
Asked whether Robinson Cano’s free agency affects the process moving forward, Cashman said this:
“I think that gets dictated by our discussions. That has nothing to do with the process itself. That’s an individual player conversation. I could have an interest in Chad Jennings to a certain level, and you negotiate what you negotiate, and we either find common ground or we don’t.”
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Ultimately, Cashman’s point was this: The Yankees will try to re-sign Cano. That will be a starting point of the plan, but they’ll have to recognize if/when it becomes time to move on.
“I remember years ago, the Houston Astros were in a tug-of-war with the New York Mets over Carlos Beltran,” Cashman said. “They waited the entire winter, and then when Beltran made the decision and went to the Mets, there was nothing left on the board. That’s a problem you don’t want to be into. I think (Beltran) didn’t make his decision until, off the top of my head, January. They put all eggs in that little basket, and then it wasn’t there for them in the end, and it affected their winter and their catchup after that.
“Those things are things you have to deal with. Those are the pressure points you work through, and you rely on the experience. I think being in this chair as long as I have, I’ve got a lot of those types of experiences to rely on as I make my decisions of what we should or shouldn’t do and share those accounts. We’ve been there, done that, and we’re not afraid of it, but at the same time, it’s our job to look at retaining Robinson Cano, but I’ll obviously look at whatever the alternatives have to be in the event that’s not possible. But our hope is to retain him.”
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