Cashman: Yankees “never got close” to a trade

"I think the positions that were presented to me were easy to say no on." - Brian Cashman

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.’”

We will have a full story on MLB.com and Yankees.com shortly.

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Crashman made a huge mistake by not pulling the trigger on a trade. He’s also wrong by saying that there was no one avaible who weren’t better than what this team already had or who couldn’t have helped this team more. Of course there were, unfortunately, his stance made winning a championship all that more difficult as teams like the Rangers made themselves all that much more better by strengthening their pen, something the Yanks desperately needed to do considering how much they are burning through the it. It also doesn’t help matters when the starters don’t get deep into games and they are shortanded as it is with Hughes still a big question mark and Bustnett not having a good second half, no surprise there since he has never had a good post All-star season. This team definitely could have used another starter, it didn’t have to be a Cy Young candidate but get someone who could provide solid innings.

I just gotta wonder if the Rangers didn’t make themselves even stronger contenders for the pennant than the Yankees as they got two very solid arms in Mike Adams who has the stuff to be a great closer in the future and Kenji uehara a solid setup man to go along with neftali Feliz, the Rangers starters may have seen the starts shortened to 5 or 6 innings with those guys. You add that pen to a solid rotation and a potent offense and the Rangers have more than a shot at the pennant, after all a team can’t get far in the playoffs without a solid pen.

What did the Yanks do? Absolutely nothing saying that there wasn’t anything better out there who couldn’t have helped more than what the talent they already had. Even Boston made themselves a little stronger by adding Bedard. C’mon Crashman you get nowhere by doing nothing while your opponents get stronger. You gotta give something in order to get something, the Yanks had what it took to make a trade in Nova, Montero, and Adam Warren. it’s impossible to believe that Crashman couldn’t have made a deal with those guys.

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Erik Bedard could’ve been had for a box of Cracker Jacks & a Diet Coke. He’s better than anyone behind CC. Who did he go to? The sux. Yanks did nothing @ the deadline. Cashman good bye & there’s always next season.

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Fan Confidence Poll: August 1st, 2011
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2011/08/fan-confidence-poll-august-1st-2011-53445/

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE (EDT)
MON, AUG 1 - at Chi White Sox - 8:10 PM - YES
TUE, AUG 2 - at Chi White Sox - 8:10 PM - YES
WED, AUG 3 - at Chi White Sox - 8:10 PM - YES, ESPN
THU, AUG 4 - at Chi White Sox - 8:10 PM - YES
FRI, AUG 5 - at Boston - 7:10 PM - YES, MLBN
SAT, AUG 6 - at Boston - 4:10 PM - FOX
SUN, AUG 7 - at Boston - 8:05 PM - ESPN

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/1/2011
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Lehigh Valley (Phillies) @ SCRANTON/WB 5:35 PM
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Lehigh Valley (Phillies) @ SCRANTON/WB GAME 2
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Charlotte (Rays) @ TAMPA 7:00 PM
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CHARLESTON @ Asheville (Rockies) 7:05 PM
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Jamestown (Marlins) @ STATEN ISLAND 11:00 AM
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GCL YANKEES @ GCL Tigers 12:00 PM

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 7/31/2011
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SCRANTON/WB 3 @ Rochester (Twins) 6
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Richmond (Giants) 5 @ TRENTON 0
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Charlotte (Rays) 7 @ TAMPA 0
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CHARLESTON 3 @ Greenville (Red Sox) 5
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Jamestown (Marlins) 5 @ STATEN ISLAND 11
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A version of this with BOX links is available directly. Please E-mail a request to me as below. You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com/post/category/minor-leagues-2/box-score-minor-leagues for BOX details.

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According to Jon Mayo’s ranking, the Indians gave up their #2, #4, and #6 (their three highest) pitchers and a AA first baseman for Ubaldo Jimenez. A price we would not match!

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