Cashman: Yanks may not get more pitching

Hello, Wilson Betemit!

Those were the words Brian Cashman said in November 2007, around the time Alex Rodriguez opted out of his contract and it looked like the Yankees were going to be without a third baseman. Cashman was asked who would be at the hot corner in 2008 if things kept going like they were.
Obviously, that never came to pass. A-Rod became a Yankee for life and Betemit … well, didn’t. 
I was reminded of that quote today, as Cashman told ESPN New York’s Wally Matthews that the Yankees might very well not get more starting pitching after they fell short in the chase for Cliff Lee. 
Cashman ruled out a pursuit of Seattle’s Felix Hernandez — “That ain’t happening,” he said — and said that the Yankees might go with two of their rotation spots filled internally behind CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes. They’d love to hear something positive from Andy Pettitte, but Cashman is going ahead right now as if Pettitte will retire. 
That leaves rotation spots up for grabs among a pack that could include Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre, followed by less likely choices of Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, Hector Noesi and Manny Banuelos.
“I’m not saying I want to do it, but I may have to do it,” Cashman told ESPN.
As he did last week after Lee chose the Phillies, Cashman said that the Yankees’ Plan B is patience.
“Could I go out and get a starter? Yes, I could. But there’s just not much out there,” Cashman said. “I have March, April, May, June and July, really, to come up with someone.”

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First I don’t consider Cashman to be “on a hook.” And I haven’t seen any indication that Boston will be allowed to play with a 28 man roster so consider who they lost then reevaluate their team. And if they want to add any more relief arms that pitched to a 4.44 ERA last year, let them.

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Sorry but I think you’re letting Cashman off the hook. While we were dickering waiting for Jeter and Mo and Pettite and Lee the Red Sox were signing Gonzales and Crawford and Jenks, 3 really quality players and they’re probably not finished yet. We haven’t had one big signing yet in this off season. And now we’re getting strong vibes that Pettite is probably going to retire and Cashman is making plans without Pettite. What plan does he have to replace a great pitcher like Pettite and a southpaw too? They’re all too few and good ones are hard to come by. At present we only have one southpaw starter to pitch against all the left handed hitters the Sox have in their lineup.

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The asking price for Zack Greinke
By Joe Pawlikowski
http://riveraveblues.com/2010/12/the-asking-price-for-zack-greinke-40248/
And Greinke’s anxiety disorder may have made him a wreck in New York, Boston, Los Angeles or any major market town!

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“Price” at this point means players and/or prospects not $$$. The only pitcher deemed worthwhile was Lee. Cashman is not going to send any of our better prospects packing to get only a moderate upgrade. For significant help we would have to overwhelm some other team and that would be insanity.

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Come on Robert. The season might be over by July for the Yankees with the starting rotation they have now or it could be certainly well on the way considering how the Red Sox and other teams have bolstered up in the off season. Since when has the price been too high for the Yankees if they really needed a player? Look at the money they spent on Pavano, on Brown, on Johnson all of which were a bust with the Yankees and they had had a history of injuries. They don’t want to do that again, but there are starting pitchers out there that could help significantly. While Cashman waited and waited to sign Jeter and Mo and then waited and waited on Lee the best pitchers and players have gone to other clubs. Right from the beginning the rumor was that Lee would not come to the Yankees no matter how much he was offered. Cashman says, “It’s not going to happen” regarding Felix. There are others that could be signed and not for a big wad of money I don’t think.

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Quiet days and long nights
Posted by: Chad Jennings
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/12/21/quiet-days-and-long-nights/

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Stupid statements? Right now the prices are simply too high, and they may not come down until July! We can’t show desperation.

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I’ll tell you this that if Cashman remains status quo and has to fill 2 starting spots with Mitre and Nova we are in big trouble in 2011 against teams like the Red Sox, Blue Jays and a lot of other teams. We won’t even make the playoffs. Noone out there better than Mitre to start? Mitre was totally inconsistent last year and unreliable whenever he came in to pitch. Nova is a young pitcher who needs a lot of experience and probably won’t be able to pitch the whole year if they give him a pitch count. I hope Cashman is just talking to cover up a trade or two or FA for starting pitchers with experience he has in mind. He can’t be talking seriously making such stupid statements. If we go into 2011 with CC, AJ and Hughes, Mitre and Nova we might as well toss in the towel right at the beginning no matter what our hitting lineup is. What is there is an injury? Who do we bring up then? Does no starting pitcher want to come to the Yankees? What does that say about the organization? We’ve been blanked in the off season so far and eclipsed by teams like the Red Sox and the Phillies and have to settle for the left overs.

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