Sounding like his old Boss, the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner who always said you can never have enough pitching, Bombers general manager Brian Cashman said “pitching, pitching, pitching” is what he and the team’s front office will be focusing on during the winter. Could that mean bringing closer Aroldis Chapman back to the Bronx for a second stint, fresh off the Cuban flame-thrower winning a title with the Cubs?
“We’re going to go through everything. We’ve had our scouting meetings. The areas that we would like to focus on — the bullpen and starting pitching,” Cashman said Thursday night at the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter’s 22nd annual Lou Gehrig’s Sports Award gala, where Cashman received the Jacob Javits Lifetime Achievement Award. “I think the biggest focus will be pitching, pitching, pitching.”
Cashman dealt Chapman and stud lefty reliever Andrew Miller at the trade deadline this past summer, and both flourished in their respective roles on the Cubs and Indians, respectively.
“Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, they gave everything they had and then some. They went above and beyond on behalf of their teams,” said Cashman. “That’s a big reason why their teams were where they were and that they were all playing in Game 7 (of the World Series). Very special, talented individuals that obviously earned the right to have a lot of accolades thrown their way, to be performing under that type of pressure. That’s why the Chicago Cubs stepped up and that’s why the Cleveland Indians stepped up at the trade deadline when we thought we had to do what we did, to give up the present to have a better future.”
Brian Cashman dealt stud lefty reliever Andrew Miller at the trade deadline this past summer.
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“We have to wait on that from our end and wait for our future to be delivered down the line,” added Cashman. “But they certainly got what they bargained for in the present. Epic world champion effort by the Cubs and the Indians, although I wish we were in there fighting it out ourselves.”
The Yankees’ youth movement includes some of the highly-touted prospects Cashman got for Chapman and Miller — including shortstop Gleyber Torres and outfielder Clint Frazier.
Cashman said first base and right field in 2017 would probably be positions filled using current roster members. Greg Bird and Austin Romine could possibly platoon at first, Cashman said. The GM added that Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks may play right field “and anybody else that wants to compete.”
Brian Cashman said he hadn’t talked to Aroldia Chapman’s representatives yet.
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And while wunderkind Gary Sanchez is probably not someone Cashman would ever entertain including in any possible trade package, the GM said any team can certainly ask.
“All clubs know that we are a very open-minded, aggressive organization, open to any idea that serves us. I think if you want to be open-minded, you don’t close out anything. Clearly there’s certain players I don’t see us doing anything with, but if somebody wants to ask…” said Cashman. “I ask about some high-end names, so I’m not going to be offended if anybody asks about some high-end names on our end.”
Cashman said he hadn’t talked to Chapman’s representatives yet, but that he had been in contact with “almost every team so far, except the last two standing.”
“And if there are opportunities that come in — the winds of change, if they blow in and it creates an opportunity of interest then we’ll pursue it,” said Cashman. “We’ll see. We have a lot of commitment on payroll. It doesn’t mean we’re not going to try to be active. We want to do things that are smart and strategic.”
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