“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.”