On this second day of the GM Meetings, we’ll start with a quick YES Network interview with the Yankees GM.
If you’re hoping for massive revelations and a real sense of the Yankees direction, you’re not going to find it in that video. It’s simply too early for any of that. The Yankees are still feeling out the market, too, and they’re going to wait for a few things to take shape. They’re going to have to wait for Robinson Cano, wait for Masahiro Tanaka — that might be coming soon, by the way — and wait for the natural evolution of free agency.
“Mostly, it’s going to be information gathering (at the GM Meetings),” Cashman said.
A few things to notice in the video above:
• Cashman mentioned that the Yankees need “probably 400 innings” for the rotation. That’s a pretty clear indication that the team in the market for at least two starting pitchers, not one. Makes obvious sense, and it’s not a surprise, but it always seems meaningful when it’s spoken out loud. Sets a pretty clear expectation that the Yankees are banking on only one from that Pineda-Phelps-Warren group to play a starting role, at least heading into spring training.
• Given the questions surrounding Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, Cashman was asked whether he needs to wait for clarity or if he has to make a preemptive move to keep himself covered. “I think we definitely need to focus on ways to protect us and improve us,” he said. In other words, the Yankees can’t wait around. That said, the YES graphic showing the free agent third basemen isn’t promising.
• Similar situation at closer where the Yankees have Dave Robertson, but also don’t have the luxury of sitting still. “I think it’s my job to never be comfortable,” Cashman said. In other words, there’s going to be some sort of bullpen move.