Cashman: Yankees still looking but willing to settle

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 ESPNNewYork.com. “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 Responses to Cashman: Yankees still looking but willing to settle

  1. Keena says:

    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.

    • Didn't realize you were such a huge Russell Martin and Nick Swisher fan.

      • Keena says:

        Actually, I really did like both of them. Martin was good defensively and good with pitchers and could hit an occasional bomb. Swisher put up decent enough numbers and added some spark to an otherwise comatose locker room. I don't really blame Cashman for all of this, his hands are tied and I expect him to tire of it quickly and move on. When George Steinbrenner died, the Yankees as we know them died. Hal is a freaking disgrace to the pinstripes and should sell the team to someone who actually wants to win.

        • Gonzalo Hiram says:

          For those George Bad Fans

          When Ichiro came over from Japan. Where was his big checkbook when the greatest lead-off hitter of our generation could have been gotten for a cheap 13 million dollar posting fee and a 3 year 14 million dollar contract.
          A season after being cheap and using Shane Spencer and Ricky Ledee in LF, big money George’s big money move to fill the OF void was to move Chuck Knobauch to LF. No wonder we lost to the D-backs that year.

          When George was alive, Yanks traded away Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps and he tried to antagonize his own players and managers.

          In 2002 he signed Rondell White instead of shelling out the dough for Johnny Damon, that cheap George not only cost us the 2002 and 2003 WS with that cheap move, but gift wrapped 2004 to the Sox as well.

          Just to make it better, still being alive, ARod got 10 yrs/$275M.

          Please people stop all that "if George was alive" nonsense

          • George Steinbrenner didn't have anything to do with A-Rod's deal. The White/Damon situation was more of getting both White and Giambi both as opposed to just Damon.

          • Gonzalo Hiram says:

            If he had nothing to do with ARod, that is even worse, how can you own something and have nothing to do with your biggest contract haha.

            So sad to hear "if George was here", when he was around any team could spend as much money as they wanted.

            Why do you think that other teams were offering more money to Ichiro or why are Jeter and Rivera still getting a lot of money at their age.
            Money spent in players like them comes back so easy, besides their performances, they generate a lot of publicity, people get their jerseys, japanese tourists go to the stadium to see Ichiro, etc…

            The problem is the CBA, as I explained there a lot of players that you can overpay, but with this luxury tax isn't a very good idea because you would pay crazy amounts of extra money.

            It's smart to get under $189 in 2014. During George days he didn't have to care about ridiculous extra taxes.

            If you are mad because CC, Hamilton, Rivera, Jeter, Cano, Granderson, Price, Greinke, Arod, Teixeira and Stanton won't play together for the Yankees I would be happy if you stop being a Yankees fan

        • ldubinsky says:

          good defensive catchers who can't hit for average are not difficult to locate or to replace. I liked Martin but it was his decision to leave.

          Swisher was more valuable

          • John says:

            Swisher was valuable in the Regular season. He choked in the playoffs. Enough sample size is there to prove it.
            But you have a point he did Avg 26.25 bombs a year here. That is hard to replace

        • BAJ says:

          I wish George had realized the real heir to Yankee leadership was his daughter, not his sons. From what I have read, she really udnerstands and loves the game.

  2. James Brudnicki says:

    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.

    • John says:

      I agree Ive hammered on Cashman but like you said THEY stuck him with ARod. So they cant complain about payroll now. Thats wrong. They made how much from sell YES stock to Fox? They should say forget the luxury tax

  3. ccory says:

    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.

  4. Mike Sommer says:

    Forget Hairston. Cubs-bound.