Cashman: We’re All Set … To Make a Major Move

Brian Cashman says the Yankees are prepared to enter 2011 without a major pitching acquisition:

Having finished second, or maybe third, in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, the Yankees are prepared to go into the 2011 season with a pitching rotation of CC SabathiaA.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes, with the remaining spots filled out by youngsters, many of whom have never pitched above the Triple-A level.

"I'm not saying I want to do it," general manager Brian Cashman said in a telephone conversation Monday morning, "but I may have to do it."

Which can only mean the Yankees are about to swing a massive seven-team trade for Jon Lester, Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez and Felix Hernandez. 

Cashman also says he's operating under the assumption that Andy Pettitte will retire, which means Pettitte is finishing up a pact with the devil to become eternally young, thus ensuring his place in the Yankee rotation for decades to come.

7 comments… add one

  • Bubba Crosby says “yeah, sure you are..”

    Brad December 21, 2010, 10:51 am
  • Which can only mean the Yankees are about to swing a massive seven-team trade for Jon Lester, Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez and Felix Hernandez.
    This was exactly what I was thinking when I read the quote. I feel like something massive is up his sleeve that’s going to go down when I’m out of town next week, like the Teixeira deal.

    Atheose - SF December 21, 2010, 10:55 am
  • When I look at the landscape, I can’t imagine anywhere he turns. Does he offer a king’s ransom for Grady Sizemore? Trade everyone for McCann? Kemp? Where does he go that makes NY exponentially better? Felix and Johnson are off the board (so we are to believe), so where does he go beyond that? What trade can be made that puts NY over the top right now? I just don’t see it.
    I think Cashman pulls the trigger on a back of the rotation guy or two, and high risk/reward hitter.

    Brad December 21, 2010, 11:03 am
  • I know this has a humor tag…SMH though.
    The Yankees don’t need to add offense. They do need a 4th OF type, maybe a platoon guy to combat the struggles their current OF’s have with Lefties, but they don’t need more offense. As currently constructed this team is good enough to compete with the Red Sox (from an offensive perspective), like it or not that’s a fair statement. The difference right now between the Yankees and the Red Sox is the amount of pitching the Sox have and the shortage of pitching the Yankees have. Going out and adding Brian McCann, Matt Kemp, Grady, etc…doesn’t change that unless they can now pitch.
    Unless there is a bad contract, FA to be or a mysterious cuban defector, the Yankees have no earth shattering moves to make. Wandy Rodriguez? Fausto Carmona? If if the Yankees added BOTH of those pitchers they’d still be short of where the Sox are pitching wise. You guys can expect a bomb to drop, but as someone that has looked over the list and checked it twice, there is nothing out there guys. You won the off-season battle and head into the 2011 as the clean leader in the AL East, don’t revert to the scared, paranoid Sox fans attitude that existed prior to 2004. ;) (Humor)

    John - YF December 21, 2010, 11:42 am
  • S/B *Unless there is a bad contract, FA to be or mysterious cuban defector that I don’t know about…

    John - YF December 21, 2010, 11:44 am
  • don’t revert to the scared, paranoid Sox fans attitude that existed prior to 2004.
    To “revert” would imply that I ever stopped being scared or paranoid. ;-)

    Paul SF December 21, 2010, 11:51 am
  • gotta agree john…i don’t see the yanks making a major move for 2 reasons…1 which you stated, there’s probably not one, as in top tier starting pitching, available…and 2 because the asking price would be too steep even for the wheelin’, dealin’, who cares what it costs yankees…i’ve been led to believe that cashman is much smarter than that…

    dc December 22, 2010, 12:57 am

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