The Yankees were aware that Jonathan Sanchez was on the trade block, but Cashman said the team did not have discussions about acquiring him. The Giants traded Sanchez to the Royals for former Yankee Melky Cabrera earlier this week.
I always had a soft spot for Sanchez, but the fact that the Yankees didn’t go out and grab him isn’t upsetting or surprising. That walk rate is scary and his GB% isn’t high enough for me to be comfortable with him making an NLW-to-ALE transition.
Clubs have already inquired about the Yankees’ young catchers, such as Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, and Francisco Cervelli. “I’ve had a lot of teams express ‘Hey, if you’re ever going to do something there, mark us down,’ that type of things,” said Cashman.
This is great no matter what. What do I mean no matter what? Well, if it’s true, it means that teams are interested in some of the Yankees’ young players and maybe the Yankees can turn them into something more helpful. I’m very much in the ‘Don’t Trade Montero’ camp, but if the right deal comes along, you do it. As for Romine, I’ve said for a while that I’d be willing to trade him; and if the Yankees can get anything of value out of Cervelli, they should do it ASAP. If this isn’t entirely accurate, it’s still a good thing because Cashman is definitely stirring the pot with this comment. Maybe there aren’t that many teams interested, but now it seems like there are, which could lead to more interest. Good job, Cash.
Cashman said it’s too early to know if the best pitching options are available via trade or free agency. “I haven’t talked to every team and I haven’t talked to every agent yet,” said the GM. “And I certainly haven’t had any agent tell me what they want financially. So, no one’s made any demands to me, no one’s made me an offer, so I don’t know what these current free agents are looking for yet in terms of years and dollars.”
I’ll leave this one up to you guys, but offer something first. I’d say that the best pitchers to fit the Yankees’ needs are probably trade options, but the lower-end free agent guys and Yu Darvish are up there, too. What do you guys think? Are the best pitching options for the Yankees on the free agent market or trade market?
Cashman has not had any talks with Jorge Posada or Eric Chavez yet, and he doesn’t know if either will continue playing or retire. Posada told Carig that he’s undecided about playing in 2012, but he’s resigned to the fact that it would not be with the Yankees. He believes he can still serve as a backup catcher and DH, and he told Newsday’s Erik Boland that he’s been contacted by five or six teams (all Twitter links).
There was a lot of talk about this last night on Twitter. It’ll be sad to see Jorge gone or in another uniform, but selfishly, I hope he retires. There are probably teams that he’s a fit for. Any A.L. team that needs a cheap, stopgap DH would be a good landing place for Posada if he doesn’t retire. It’s a long shot, but I hope Jorge gets into the HOF.
The Yankees have the flexibility to stretch the budget, if needed. “There’s no set number where you can’t exceed it that obviously exists in other environments,” said Cashman.
This last bit matches up with what I said a few weeks ago when I discussed the 2012 payroll. This shows me that if the Yankees don’t go nuts over the Hot Stove season, they’ll be able to flex their financial muscles in season to bolster the roster; that’s always comforting.
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