Last week, the Yankees did the inevitable and traded ex-catcher Brian McCann to the Houston Astros in exchange for two minor league prospects. Unlike the other possible trade rumors going around, the McCann trade was only a matter of ‘when’ instead of ‘if’.
And with McCann heading to Houston, Brian Cashman revealed the deal offers flexibility to the roster going forward.
“It satisfied a lot of things — additional money to play with from our end gives us a lot of choices in the trade and free-agent market,” Cashman said on Thursday Night as he participated in a “Sleep Out” at Covenant House to raise awareness for homeless youth. “Does it mean we’re absolutely going to do something? No. But we’re going to be open to doing so. Now I can pursue a lot of different scenarios for the (designated hitter) or other positions. We’re going to continue to pursue pitching as well as offense now.”
Cashman has spoken to different agents about free agent players and is still assessing the free agent and trade market. Two of the names that have popped up this winter are Carlos Beltran and Aroldis Chapman. However, it’s no guarantee either will be in pinstripes next season.
“Chapman did a terrific job while he was here. He’s someone that we would be interested in bringing back. Doesn’t guarantee that he will be here. He certainly has heard from us and knows we’d like to have him back,” Cashman said.
And while the Yankees may have enough pieces in the organization for let’s say a Chris Sale package, the team is unlikely to actually make that trade with the White Sox.
“I do know that we’ve acquired a lot of talent that’s knocking on the door. In most cases, we’d like to see that talent translate to Yankee impact by promotion,” said Cashman. “I’ve spoken to this — if there is a massive, under-control contract player out there, it’s not likely for us to back a truck up at this moment to try to pull down one player. I wouldn’t recommend us doing something like that.”