Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi spoke to the media during the second day of the Winter Meetings and of course, the topics that came up were ex-Yankee David Robertson, Alex Rodriguez and if the Yankees were pursuing Jon Lester and Max Scherzer.
— Brian Cashman said the Yankees were never going to sign both Andrew Miller and David Robertson. The only reason the Yankees were “attached” to Robertson following the Miller signing was to maximize Robertson’s free agent value. In reality, Robertson’s name was out of the mix as soon as the team signed Miller to the four-year contract.
— Cashman said the Yankees called the Oakland Athletics about Jeff Samardzija but there was no trade match. The Chicago White Sox ended up acquiring Samardzija in a six player deal.
— Cashman wouldn’t confirm nor deny if the Yankees were in the Max Scherzer and Jon Lester sweepstakes.
— The Yankees currently will not assign a new closer but they have three options: Dellin Betances, Justin Wilson and Miller.
— Cashman said the reports of the Yankees hiring Marcus Thames as the assistant hitting coach are “completely false”.
— Cashman said the team is not close to replacing Kevin Long and Mick Kelleher. As of right now, they’re focusing on filling holes in the roster and making trades.
— Cashman is aware letting David Robertson walk wasn’t the most popular decision, but it was the “right decision for the organization.”
— Joe Girardi said he hadn’t seen Alex Rodriguez in ..read more