Despite making moves during the Winter Meetings, the Yankees are far from finished completing their roster for the 2016 season. In fact, there could another trade to bring in either a starter or a bullpen arm before Spring Training.
“It [the roster] is still incomplete,” Cashman said on Thursday afternoon, prior to leaving the Winter Meetings. “We are addressing areas of need, without a doubt. There are still steps in the process that I would like to take.”
The Yankees made two trades during the Winter Meetings; one that sent Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for infielder Starlin Castro, and the other sending Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for two minor league prospects, Luis Cessa and Chad Green. Cashman is planning on making at least one more trade before Valentine’s Day, but Cashman knows he has to make at least one deal so pitching coach Larry Rothschild can have a new toy to play with in February.
“I think [hitting coach] Alan Cockrell is loving me, and I think [pitching coach] Larry Rothschild is not liking me,” Cashman said. “Alan probably has a nice Christmas card coming, and I’m getting coal from Larry right now.”
Cashman improved the offense by adding a young, controllable player in Castro, and he also gave the Yankees an everyday second basemen, a position they’ve had trouble filling since Robinson Cano left to Seattle. The Castro move makes Rob Refsnyder expendable and he could possibly be involved in a trade package of some sort for a starter or a bullpen piece. The question is would Cashman consider trading Refsnyder? I guess that question could be answered later this offseason.