Yesterday, Brian Cashman spoke to the media during the first day of the GM Meetings and he discussed his closer turning down the qualifying offer, the possibility of Ichiro not returning to the Bronx and where the team stands when it comes to looking for a hitting coach.
On David Robertson: The Yankees weren’t entirely stunned Robertson turned down the qualifying offer and Cashman admitted the Yankees didn’t have a multi-year deal in place as of yet. The Yankees are going to start negotiations with him but all eyes will be on whether the Yankees and Robertson can find common ground for a long term deal.
On Ichiro Suzuki: With the signing of Chris Young, Brian Cashman indicated the Yankees were moving on from Ichiro after he spend two and a half seasons in the Bronx following a trade with the Seattle Mariners in 2012.
“I think right now, we’re kind of settled in the outfield unless something surprising happens in the case of a trade, which I wouldn’t anticipate,” Cashman said. “So I think we’re currently pretty well set with our outfield. Obviously we have a desire to get younger as a team.”
An interesting stat on Ichiro that may surprise you: Ichiro had the lowest slugging percentage, .340, among any Yankee outfielder with at least 300 plate appearances since Bill Robinson had a .281 slugging percentage in 1967.
On Carlos Beltran: Brian Cashman admits the Yankees made a mistake when they let Beltran wait until the end of the season to have elbow surgery. Cashman added he should have pushed Beltran into having the season ending surgery, which wouldn’t of been a bad idea; Beltran was never productive once the injury presented itself.
On Stephen Drew: Cashman said he was talking with Stephen Drew’s agent Scott Boras about the possibility of a reunion, but he didn’t sound as if he was committing to it.
“We’ll stay in touch and see where it takes us,” Cashman said.
On Hiroki Kuroda: Cashman acknowledged he spoke with Hiroki Kuroda’s agent after the season, but he’s still unsure of Kuroda’s plans. If Kuroda does decide to pitch in 2015, will the Yankees re-sign him?
“It just depends when (he decides if he’ll pitch) and what kind of money we have to play with by the time that happens,” Cashman said.
On a hitting coach: Cashman said the search still continues and no one is close to acquiring the position.