Cashman: Yankees “never got close” to a trade
Yankees GM Brian Cashman held a 17-minute press conference after today’s game dissecting his movements – or lack thereof – before Sunday’s 4 p.m. Trade Deadline.
Cashman said he was engaged with every player that got moved leading up to the cut-off, but didn’t feel like the Yankees needed to make a move, given the offers that were presented to him. Simply put, the prices were too high and Cashman wasn’t convinced those players would help the team much more than the players already in the system.
“I was very involved with it. I explored every opportunity,” he said. “It just didn’t lead to anything that was of comfort from my perspective whatsoever. I didn’t feel like I got close on any of it. I think the positions that were presented to me were easy to say no on.”
Asked how close the Yankees got to making a deal, Cashman replied:
“I never got close, as far as I was concerned. I’d gone through the motions for a while now, but as I’ve said for about three weeks now, I didn’t feel like we would be able to find something off the marketplace better than what we were getting off the DL for the rotation in Colon and Hughes and with Nova obviously coming from Triple-A.
“I didn’t think the trade market would provide anything better off the reliever market than getting Soriano off the DL. Obviously, the bench, we got Chavez back and eventually Alex back. I wasn’t optimistic and I’ve been very publicly not interested in moving Banuelos, Montero, Romine, Betances, those guys. No interest in moving Nova.
“When you enter a process like that, a lot of our high-end prospects are at the upper levels. It’s hard to get teams off of your high-end guys and get them to drop down when they’re so close.
“I look forward to those guys assisting us. I think we’ve got good organizational depth and it’s showing. I’m very comfortable with the position I’ve taken based upon the conversations I’ve had in the last three weeks.”
Cashman said that the rotation should actually look pretty good with their choices of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon.
“I know it feels like we’re in dire straits, but the reality objectively is that if you look at what these guys are doing, and what collectively they’re all doing, it’s pretty good,” Cashman said.
He also credited the improved depth of the system as a plus.
“I don’t think we’re in the position, as we have been in years past, where we might have had to go out and do something no matter what,” Cashman said. “It’s nice to be able to say, ‘We could do this and it might make us better,or we could stay in house and that might make us just as good – if not better.'”
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