Cashman: Yankees still looking but willing to settle 16

New York Yankee Brian Cashman

The Yankees still haven’t replaced catcher Russell Martin or DH Raul Ibanez, they’re still looking, but it sounds like GM Brian Cashman would be willing to take the team as is to spring training.

“I know it’s getting late, but we’re still looking,” GM Brian Cashman told Wallace Matthews of “We’re open for business, but we’re not going to do something just to do something. If we have to, we’ll go to Tampa with what we’ve got.”

With no catchers available on the free agent market or trade block it looks like they will indeed start the season with Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli behind the plate. There are DH options available, like Jim Thome or Travis Hafner, but they don’t seem excited by the prospect of either player.

The only other player that is out there that they have expressed real interest in is outfielder Scott Hairston. Hairston has been rumored to be looking for a multi-year deal all offseason and hasn’t gotten one, even from his preferred destination the New York Mets. Supposedly he last asked for a two-year, $8 million pact from the Mets, but they countered with a one-year, $2 million offer and there hasn’t been much that has happened since then. The two teams and Hairston are basically playing chicken at this point and based on the Yankees frugal ways this offseason don’t expect them to blink first.

Other than that don’t expect much from the Yankees. They could still “bottom feed” for rotation depth, although the options aren’t the type of players to get excited about. David Phelps may be a better option than anyone they could sign. They could still also add a utility infielder, but recently they seem set on going with Eduardo Nunez in that role with Jayson Nix stashed in the minors as backup.

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16 thoughts on “Cashman: Yankees still looking but willing to settle

  • Keena

    The fact that we'd even consider going into a season with those two clowns as our catchers tells you just what a dumpster fire this team is right now. I'd be completely stunned if we finish higher than 4th place with this incompetent boobism in the front office.

  • James Brudnicki

    He will be looking for a job soon. I think the ownership has tied his hands with many big money deals like A-Rod, but he has made some moves that are questionable bordering on disastrous. After 14 years I think its time for a slicker dealer.

  • ccory

    Yankees fans definitely are spoiled after enjoying Posada and Martin over the last many years. However, I believe Stewart will start, have an average around .270, and hit his share of doubles. I actually wished he got more playing time last year while watching Martin hover around the Mendoza line. I think it will be fun to watch more prospects play over the next 2 years. There will be no World Series, but a slump is inevitable given the luxury tax and age of this team.

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