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Cashman speaks
16 years ago  ::  Dec 06, 2006 - 10:41PM #1
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Cashman speaks

Brian Cashman just got finished speaking to the media. It was a bit of a mob scene at first as a dozen or so Japanese media surrounded him along with assorted random people, hotel guests and other clowns.

Here are the highlights of what he said

Are the Yankees involved with Lilly? "I wouldn't say."

Optimistic that they will make a move before the end of the meetings? "No. No. That's a better way to answer it. I'm not optimistic. Right now I'm pessimistic. Things can change, we'll see. ... I've been hesitant to be honest."

First base, going with Phillips? "We have somebody here we do like. We feel he's better than his maiden voyage was last year. At the same time I'm engaging the available players on the free-agent market and we'll see where that takes us. The main thing is to flush out the pitching while I'm here. The pitching is the focus. I want to make sure we turn this every way possible before the market stops."

On free-agent pitchers:"I've entered this free-agent pool with caution. Like every year there are quality contributors and guys who won't be. You do the best you can to steer your organization in the right direction. There are some guys I'm engaged with on the free-agent market."

On Andy Pettitte: "He's certainly capable of playing. Whether he plays or not, that is his decision."


16 years ago  ::  Dec 06, 2006 - 10:54PM #2
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So he pretty much said nothing..
But still, I like the Yankees not making any moves until. We are already very good and we don't need to spend money like crazy, aka bosox.
16 years ago  ::  Dec 06, 2006 - 10:59PM #3
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The main thing is to flush out the pitching while I'm here.


16 years ago  ::  Dec 06, 2006 - 11:06PM #4
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I would not expect Cashman to say anything else.

If he can bring Pettite aboard, get a RH 1st Baseman and a backup catcher, I think he is ready to go into the season with that team.

The Red Sox still have flaws, as do we, but remember that we won the division by 10 games this year with all of our flaws in view and two regular players on the DL.

I am in the minority, but I think that RJ comes back strong from his back surgery. He won 17 games with a back that diminished his velocity and kept his slder too flat. He is a tough guy and he desperately wants 300 wins. I think we will be pleasantly surprised by him in 2007.

The only alternatives for Cashman is to spend outrageous money and increase the luxury tax we pay. Given that a bunch of guaranteed money comes off the books at the end of the 2008 season, Cashman is right to leave salary room for the needs that have to be met after the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Be mindful that Giambi, RJ, Mussina, Abreu and Matsui all come off the books by the end of 2008 (Abreu in 2008 if they pick up his 1 year option). That's alot of bucks and alot of production to replace.

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