“We certainly reached out, between me and [assistant GM] Mike Fishman, to all games [in] both leagues, ”said Brian Cashman, before the Yankees fell to the Red Sox, 4-2, at Fenway Park. “We’ve had a lot of conversations but… I wouldn’t say there is momentum. I don’t feel there is a sense of action right now from the industry. It doesn’t mean that people can’t make a deal or won’t make a deal, but it doesn’t feel like there is a lot of heavy activity ready to break out.
The Yankees ‘most obvious needs are center field, where Aaron Hicks’ left wrist injury at the end of the season compromised them, and the starting rotation, where Corey Kluber (right shoulder), Luis Severino (elbow right and right groin) will be out for a bit longer while Deivi Garcia has widened in the minor leagues. The Marlins’ Starling Marte tops the list of potentially available center fielder while the list of potentially available starting pitchers could be topped by Jon Gray of the Rockies.
Typically, Cashman noted, the entry draft serves as the dividing line on the baseball calendar; clubs focus on that and when done turn to trades. The MLB, however, put the draft back by about a month to line up with the All-Star break in July.
“The closer you get to the draft, the less likely people are going to be hired during that time because they’re really going to be focusing on getting into the draft,” Cashman said. “We are ready at any time. It doesn’t mean the market is ready to move either.
It also remains to be determined whether Managing Partner Hal Steinbrenner will move beyond the luxury tax threshold of $ 210 million; the Yankees are currently a few million dollars below that number.
Of his team, Cashman said: “The talent is there, but we have to find a way to harness it more consistently because there are too many games where there is a lot of frustration like, ‘Wow, why does this happen? ‘ or ‘How did this happen?’ We left too many riders on the base, a lot of unsuccessful traffic, a missed opportunity, an untimely error where you come home unhappy. But at the same time, the flip side is that more recently, obviously, it’s been a lot better. So we know we are more than capable, but trying to narrow the gap more consistently [on the Red Sox and Rays in the American League East]. »
The general manager inquired about a few other points:
– Regarding the collapse of shortstop Gleyber Torres, Cashman said: “He’s obviously in trouble. We recognize it. I can point out Gleyber’s teammate Gary Sanchez very quickly. There’s a little bit of optimism there because Gary was a massive target, understandably, due to a poor performance in 2020 and a really tough start at 21, but yet he resurrected and has found its way back up to the top of the mountain as the best game at its position. And Gleyber is that type of player too.
Cashman added that Torres has already improved his defense this season after a few hiccups.
– Yankees expect Kluber to return “I would say September because I would rather be late than early,” Cashman said. “I know he feels good. “
Kluber has only played flat court wrestling since he suffered his injury.
– Severino’s return to the mound, after sustaining a groin injury as he started his rehabilitation clock after his 2020 Tommy John operation, is uncertain. Cashman described the setback as “just devastating. This pushed him back from anywhere to four to six weeks.