Yankees GM Brian Cashman was a guest on the latest edition. front office We sat down with Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio to discuss many topics related to the Bronx Bombers’ offseason. Perhaps most notably, a few more moves could potentially be made, as Cashman said the team wanted to add a left-handed hitting outfielder.to balance us” in the left field mix.
The Yankees’ roster is clearly right-handed, but left field is actually one of the only positions that already has some balance among switch hitters. Aaron Hicks When Oswald Cabreraplus a left-handed blow Esteban floralBut New York may prefer moving Cabrera around the diamond rather than engaging him in a full-time role in left field. Rumors swirl that the Yankees are looking to trade Hicks for at least a portion of the $30.5MM remaining on his contract.
Cashman called the Hicks/Cabrera/Florial trio the team’s “DefaultCashman said the Yankees were intrigued by what they saw from their in-house options.now fully recoveredA knee injury in Game 5 of the ALDS ruled out Hicks for the ALCS against the Astros.
In other health news, Cashman shared some details Frankie Montas, following news last week that shoulder inflammation would sideline Montas through the first month of the season. needs more time. The right-hander Neil He visited Dr. Ellatrasch two weeks ago and saw a silver lining that Montas’ shoulder problem didn’t appear to be structural, Cashman said. “All the diagnostic tests have been positive, and we’ll know a lot more once the pitching program starts,” he said.
With Montas out for at least part of the season, the Bombers’ acquisition Carlos Rodon The starting staff has become even more important as Rodon’s addition may not miss a beat Gerrit Cole When Nestor Cortes The foremost part of the rotation. Cashman revealed the Yankees first tried to acquire Rodon from the Giants before the trade deadline.talked to san franciscoRegarding the possible trade, the Giants chose to keep Rodon.
As it happened, the Giants finished 81-81, missed the postseason, and Rodon headed to the Bronx on a six-year, $162 million deal.Even if the Yankees are focused Aaron JudgeCashman said the team “got in touch with [agent] Scott Boras and Rodonand the GM felt the Yankees were helped.i know this is the place [Rodon] wanted to be”
Rodon’s interest in wearing pinstripes has given a boost to clubs that have more or less been on hold for the entire offseason until the judges make a decision.Thankfully things were still on board after that [Judge re-signed]because I didn’t know what would happen‘ pointed out Cashman. Once the judge formally agrees to return to New York,I was finally able to pivotLand Rodon as well.
The process of determining judges’ priorities was certainly risky.Certainly no team wants a scenario where they put all their eggs in that basket and goose eggs appear in the basketsaid Cashman. Still, the front office had little choice but to wait for the judges’ decisions, with the AL MVP and his camp seemingly giving little information as to which side he leaned towards.
“Felt like we were flying blind for so longsaid Cashman. “Usually you can feel where things are and be able to get to the correct number or whisper the number.. [Judge’s] Ultimately he had the right to free agency and was going to go through that process in a very methodical and deliberate way.”
“Speaking of negotiations, that meeting was… difficult at times.”
Luckily for Cashman, Yankees and Bronx fans, Judge has opted to re-sign to a nine-year, $360 million contract to remain a staple of the New York lineup. As another return match,hopefully we have pure health DJ Remahuside” cashman pointed out“He was a big part of what we lost last year, so he’s actually had two separate injuries over the past two years.”
An athletic hernia kept Lemahue out of the 2021 postseason, and ligament issues in his right foot/toe area kept him out of last year’s playoffs. It wasn’t entirely clear if LeMahieu would eventually need surgery to fix the problem, though Cashman didn’t provide any kind of solid update on the condition of the infielder. , the lack of news is that LeMahieu’s efforts to rehabilitate his injuries without surgery are working.
With LeMahieu healthy, Cashman explained his role as an infielder who could play every day, bouncing around the infield playing first, second, and third base.Beating starting infielders, Cashman quoted Anthony Rizzo at first base, graver torres at second base, Josh Donaldson at third base, and Isaiah Kiner Falefa compete with star candidates Oswald Peraza When Anthony Volpe for short stop jobs. Of course, there may still be some liquidity in this plan depending on Lemahue’s health and the fact that Donaldson is the player the Yankees are looking to fire to save payroll space.