RESULTS MATTER … FOR SOME | If you’re reliever David Carpenter — a cheap, youngish righty with another year of team control — and can’t turn it around two months in, you’re gone. If you’re Stephen Drew — a relatively inexpensive second baseman with a long track record of disappointment — your leash is long. Go figure.
By Brendan Kuty
Brian Cashman is shopping.
Cashman, the Yankees’ general manager told Jim Bowden and Scott Braun of Sirius XM’s MLB Network Radio channel that he’s looking to put a righty into his lefty-heavy bullpen.
Cashman also tried a hard sell job on righty reliever David Carpenter, whose struggles led the team to designated him for assignment Wednesday.
The team has 10 days from Carpenter’s DFA date to cut or trade the 29-year-old ex-setup man before they must expose him to waivers, where he’d undoubtedly get claimed.
Carpenter put up a 4.82 ERA in 18 2/3 innings over 22 appearances with the Yankees.
“I certainly would love to get an arm that (David) Carpenter, I think, is, but it’s just not here in New York,” Cashman said. “I think Carpenter will be that for somebody else. But I trust have to find an arm to replace it.”
Dellin Betances is the only reliable righty in the Yankees’ bullpen, which also counts shaky long man Esmil Rogers as its long reliever. Lefties Chris Capuano, Chasen Shreve, Justin Wilson, Jacob Lindgren and Andrew Miller comprise the rest of it.
Cashman said adding a righty isn’t exactly a pressing issue, since his lefties also have the ability to get out righties. But he’d likely like to add on that can share seventh- and sixth-inning duties with Wilson, the way Carpenter was expected to.
The general manager said the may consider adding Triple-A righties Diego Moren and Nick Rumbelow, too, though neither man is on the Yankees’ 40-man roster. More realistic options include 40-man righties such as Chris Martin, Branden Pinder and Danny Burawa.