New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman opens up his sleeping bag as he prepares to sleep outside as part of the Nationwide Sleep Out for homeless youth event at the Covenant House in New York , NY
By Brendan Kuty
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was typically mum regarding the club’s offseason spending plans Thursday.
Cashman spoke before spending the night sleeping in the streets of Manhattan, hoping toraise awareness for the homeless youth as part of the Covenant House’s fourth annual “Sleep Out” event.
Here are the main takeaways from Cashman on the Yankees’ plans:
He’s open to signing more than one starting pitcher
Cashman was asked whether the Yankees would stop their search for starting pitchers if they re-signed Brandon McCarthy. The GM said he would be open to the possibility, and that, when it comes to his pursuit of the 31-year-old right-hander who performed well in pinstripes down the stretch, “clearly we have interest.”
Will Yankees spend?
Cashman didn’t give much of a clue into his thinking there. First, the GM declined to say whether “any of the big-ticket items are in play,” but that “ownership has always been very beneficial with the resources to put the team on the field.” Sounds like a maybe, right? Then Cashman said the Yankees are looking for “smart ways to improve our club.” And how smart does a nine-figure deal for a Jon Lester or a Max Scherzer sound? It’s open to interpretation.
Priorities haven’t changed
At the GM Meetings in Phoenix last week, Cashman said finding a starting shortstop and possibly adding a third baseman were among his chief concerns. On Thursday, Cashman said nothing’s new on that front. “Those are two areist I would like to focus on,” he said.
Cashman added that he’d like to “reinforce” the pitching staff, too, considering the health concerns swirling around starters Masahiro Tanaka (elbow), CC Sabathia (knee) and Ivan Nova (elbow). Adding a reliever will be a main objective, as well, he said, considering closer David Robertson is still a free agent.
“That’s a handful, right off the bat,” he said.
And what about Kuroda?
Cashman said he still hasn’t heard whether Hiroki Kuroda, 39, will pitch again next season. But, the GM said, he would be surprised if Kuroda didn’t play in either the MLB or Japan, his home country. But Cashman expects him to play somewhere. “The guy is way too talented,” he said.
But would that mean the Yankees would be interested in bringing him back? Cashman was vague.
“Every dollar counts to something,” Cashman said. “Everything we do has to be accounted for, so it will have an impact on something else. It depends on the entire context of the roster. But I do need starting pitching so he’s clearly an area that would solve some issues. We’ll see.”