Yankees GM Brian Cashman was a visitor on the newest version of The Front Office with Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, and mentioned various matters associated to the Bronx Bombers’ offseason. Perhaps most notably, some extra strikes may nonetheless probably happen, as Cashman stated the workforce would nonetheless like so as to add a left-handed hitting outfielder.to steadiness us out” in the left area combine.
While the Yankees have a noticeably right-handed heavy roster, left area is definitely certainly one of the solely positions that already has some steadiness, between the switch-hitting Aaron Hickslefty-swinging Oswaldo Cabreraand the left-handed hitting Estevan Florial. However, New York would possibly desire to maneuver Cabrera throughout the diamond somewhat than commit him to a full-time function in left area, Florial continues to be an untested commodity at the MLB stage, and rumors proceed to swirl that the Yankees are attempting to commerce Hicks and at the very least a few of the $30.5MM remaining on his contract.
Cashman cited the Hicks/Cabrera/Florial trio as the workforce’s “default” for left area in lieu of another strikes, and famous that the Yankees are intrigued by what they see from their in-house choices. Cashman stated that Hicksis totally recovered now” from the knee harm suffered in Game 5 of the ALDS, which saved Hicks from collaborating in the ALCS in opposition to the Astros.
In different well being information, Cashman shared some particulars on Frankie Montas, following final week’s information that shoulder irritation would maintain Montas sidelined via the first month of the season. Montas is just set to start his regular offseason throwing program this coming week, and thus he’ll want extra time to completely ramp up. The right-hander visited Dr. Neal ElAttrache two weeks in the past, Cashman stated, and the silver lining is that Montas’ shoulder downside doesn’t look like structural. “All the diagnostic testing exhibits a thumbs up… and we’ll know much more as the throwing program begins,” Cashman stated.
With Montas now sidelined for at the very least a part of the season, the Bombers’ acquisition of Carlos Rodon has turn out to be much more vital, as the beginning employees won’t miss a beat with Rodon becoming a member of Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes at the entrance finish of the rotation. Cashman revealed that the Yankees first tried to accumulate Rodon from the Giants previous to the commerce deadline, and though the membership “had our conversations with San Francisco” a few attainable deal, the Giants opted to maintain Rodon as a result of they felt they nonetheless had a shot at each reaching the playoffs and re-signing the left-hander this winter.
As it occurred, the Giants completed 81-81 and missed the postseason, and Rodon left for the Bronx on a six-year, $162MM contract. Even with the Yankees targeted on Aaron JudgeCashman stated the workforce “stayed in contact with [agent] Scott Boras and Rodon,” and the GM felt the Yankees had been helped as a result of “I do know that that is the place [Rodon] wished to be.”
Rodon’s curiosity in sporting the pinstripes was a lift to a membership whose whole offseason was roughly placed on maintain whereas Judge made his choice. Even amidst the fast-moving nature of this winter’s free agent market, “fortunately there have been issues on the board nonetheless after [Judge re-signed]since we weren’t certain what was going to be in play,” Cashman famous. Once Judge had formally agreed to return to New York,in the end we had been in a position to pivot” to additionally land Rodo.
There was actually some threat concerned in the course of of constructing such a precedence of Judge, as “actually no workforce desires that state of affairs the place you place all of your eggs in that basket after which the basket comes up with goose eggs,” Cashman stated. Still, the entrance workplace had little selection however to attend for Judge’s choice, particularly since the AL MVP and his camp gave seemingly little details about which manner he was leaning, regardless of Judge’s public declaration that he most popular to stay with the Yankees.
“I felt like for a very long time we had been flying blind,” Cashman stated. “Normally you form of get a really feel for the place issues are at, and in case you can come to the proper quantity, otherwise you get the numbers whispered….My speculative thought on [Judge’s] finish was that he earned the proper to free company and he was going to undergo that course of in a really methodical, deliberate manner.”
“In phrases of negotiation, that ready sport….at occasions, it was tough.”
Fortunately for Cashman, the Yankees, and the Bronx followers, Judge selected to re-sign for a nine-year, $360MM deal, and he’ll stay as the centerpiece of New York’s lineup. In phrases of one other returning face, “hopefully now we have pure well being DJ LeMahieu‘s facet,” Cashman famous“since he was an enormous half that we misplaced final yr, actually the final two years with two separate accidents.”
A sports activities hernia saved LeMahieu from collaborating in the 2021 postseason, whereas a ligament difficulty in his proper foot/toe space sidelined him for final yr’s playoffs. It wasn’t fully clear whether or not or not LeMahieu would in the end want surgical procedure to right the downside, and whereas Cashman did not firmly present an replace on the infielder’s standing a technique or the different, the lack of reports could possibly be a superb omen that LeMahieu’s efforts to rehabilitate the harm with out surgical procedure are working.
If LeMahieu is wholesome, Cashman described his function as an infielder who can play every single day whereas bouncing round the infield, taking part in first base, second base, and third base. Breaking down the beginning infield, Cashman cited Anthony Rizzo at first base, Gleyber Torres at second base, Josh Donaldson at third base, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa competing with star prospects Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe for the shortstop job. Naturally there nonetheless is likely to be some flux on this plan, relying on LeMahieu’s well being and the indisputable fact that Donaldson can be reportedly a participant the Yankees are attempting to unload as a way to avoid wasting payroll area.