With Thursday’s trade deadline fast approaching, Joe Girardi said yesterday that he’s not asking for constant updates from general manager Brian Cashman. Girardi will work with the roster he has, and if that roster is about to change, Cashman will let him know.
“We talk on a daily basis anyway during the course of the day,” Girardi said. “So it doesn’t really change much (near the trade deadline). I know he’s always trying to improve our club, and I’m not going to keep bothering him and take up his time when there’s things he’s doing. … As things get closer (to being completed), we talk about it.”
Is there more to be done before Thursday? Certainly there is opportunity, and Cashman has publicly acknowledged being in pursuit of both pitching and hitting upgrades, but even as the Yankees are tied to basically every viable option on the market, the market seems to be shifting slowly.
“Prices have not come down at all as of yet,” one rival executive said.
As for the asking prices for the top pitchers on the market:
“Depends on the club,” the executive said. “Some (are) looking for now-ready young major-league guys in return. Others looking for top-line, near-ready prospects. No one seems interested in good prospects who are farther from the big leagues. … (The Yankees) prospects are definitely further away guys.”
For now, the Yankees stay engaged and wait.
“I try not to get excited,” Girardi said. “Because as I always say, it takes two teams to really want to do a deal. And do I expect it? I never expect to get new people. I always think, ‘This is who we’ve got. This is who has to get it done.’”
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