Cashman makes the media rounds on Day 2
After chatting with the beat reporters for about 15 minutes upstairs, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman joined MLB.com’s Pete McCarthy and Jim Duquette on the big stage this evening in the lobby of the Hilton Anatole.
You can watch the full video clip here, in which he says of Jesus Montero, “He’s not going to supplant Russell Martin, but the DH spot is sitting right there.”
Here are some of the other topics Cashman addressed tonight with the scribes (questions paraphrased slightly):
The Yankees are quiet, the Marlins are not. Isn’t this weird?
“It’s not odd to me. Various years, various teams spend. You can point to a lot of different clubs out there on a yearly basis; some years they’re holding back, other years they become very aggressive. They’re like, ‘This is our year, this is our time, this is what we’re going to do.’ Whether it’s opening a new stadium, whether it’s getting to a point where they feel they’re close enough to win. They go all-in. I don’t think it’s unusual at all. The teams might change but that type of circumstance happens every year.”
Did meeting with various agents today get the Yankees closer to any deals?
“I wouldn’t say closer, but it was informative. Just sharing from our perspective what would fit, and listening to them, what their thoughts are. It was informative for both sides. Whether it leads to something or not, I don’t know, but it was good that we met.”
Has the time in Dallas been productive so far?
“Productive implies I feel we’re going to get somewhere. Right now I feel like productive is too strong of a word. We’re working, but I think it’s going to be hard to add to what we have currently, what I’d like to accomplish certainly. You can do some moves, but to actually feel like you’ve improved your club in a significant way, that’s going to be hard to do.”
Has this been a frustrating exercise?
“There’s no frustration on my part because again I think it’s a reflection of there’s a lot of good stuff here right now. It’s just trying to add to that is not as easy. Could I do it? I could add significant payroll and give up some serious top end talent that’s cheap and under control for a long time. I could do that – well I couldn’t do that because it’s not like I have that kind of money to throw out – but they wouldn’t be smart or wise moves.”
Can you make a trade for pitching that would help you?
“Oh, yeah. Absolutely. There’s things I could do, but if I told you what it would take to do them, you would write tomorrow, ‘You shouldn’t do it.’ If I gave you the information sitting in front of me right now and said, ‘This is what I could do,’ you would write, ‘In my opinion, the Yankees should not do this.’ But would those pieces help us significantly? Yes.”
Would you consider a multi-year contract for Russell Martin?
“Russell, I don’t mind at all having here in the short or the long term. I haven’t had any discussion with him whatsoever, and that doesn’t mean we’ll have that, but he lived up to everything I hoped he could.”