Yankees takeaways from Brian Cashman at GM meetings including his contract, team budget, SS options outlook

Yankees takeaways from Brian Cashman at GM meetings including his contract, team budget, SS options outlook

Brian Cashman speaks to crowds at GM meetings

Brian Cashman speaks to crowds at GM meetings

Yankees GM Brian Cashman spoke to reporters at Tuesday night’s GM meetings in Las Vegas to discuss the organization’s plans to improve the roster, team budget and his own contract.

Here are some key takeaways…

Is there a timeline to end Cashman’s contract?

“No,” Cashman said. “Work first, then contract. I haven’t had a chance to be honest since we met [Hal Steinbrenner] last spoken. It’s something we’ll sit down and achieve, but there are some bigger things that hopefully need to get done first. And that’s weighing on some of the free agents, such as Aaron Richter Is there.”

What if Aaron Judge doesn’t re-sign?

“We ended up going through our pro scouting meetings, so we wrapped those up,” Cashman said. “And now contact the agents and get some of their medical information that will help us put together information on what this board would look like for us well. And then we’ll just react as winter directs us, from conversations with both agents and clubs. And hopefully some opportunities will arise, including our Superstar’s bond.

Has Steinbrenner given a budget for the 2023 season?

“We’re having a lot of these discussions right now,” Cashman said. “As in every previous year, he will still be very committed. I don’t have a firm number yet, but I also think we’ll be getting a lot more information from our free agent over the coming weeks about engagements.”

What is the biggest need for improvement?

“Well, obviously we don’t have a right fielder, we don’t have a left fielder right now,” Cashman said. “Always like to improve pitching. And I said in my press conference in New York that we have some kids pushing for the infield, so there’s likely going to be a lot of exciting opportunities that could develop next spring in the middle infield category. We’ll have to wait and see how all the talks go.

“As you start talking to clubs about trades again, start talking to the agents and free agents, you get a better, clearer picture of the options that exist that you didn’t think of early on. We will certainly approach anything with a very open mind, even if that means we already have something in that position or something that is likely to be in that position. Contrary to the simplification, hey, here’s a vacancy, we need to attack this area. We’ll hopefully be nimble and able to hop around anywhere as our conversations take us.

Internal SS options take team out of free agent market?

“I can’t say that’s the case because I think we’re going to be open-minded,” Cashman said. “There could be many conversations that take us down paths that we didn’t expect. I’m not saying that we would trade any of our children, but it just depends on how things develop. There are obviously a lot of great talented players available on the market through trade and free agencies, some playing positions that we already have placeholders for or look forward to filling. At this time of year I think you have to staying flexible and open-minded to assess all real possibilities and how it might fit.”

Cashman added: “I think we have people who can handle the position and I think we have people who are pushing forward and want an opportunity that they are ready for the next step. Obviously we have a shortstop [Isiah] Kiner Falefa that helped us win 99 games last year with the crew we assembled last year and win the American League East, which is unmatched by division. I think we already have cover and now it’s just like any position, can we be better, are there better options? Whether at the shortstop or any other position on the court, as well as in the rotation and in the bullpen.

Is top prospect Anthony Volpe ready for MLB?

“I mean, he has to compete in spring training next year,” Cashman said. “He’s had an amazing run to his pro career so far, which has been every minor league so far. So Volpe, along with [Oswald] peraza and [Oswaldo] CabreraThese guys are expected to be in spring training and competing for the daily reps with everyone else who is still standing. That’s the nature of the beast, and we’ll be drawn to those who look like they could be the best version for us as we advance. Or we evaluate in such a way that someone needs more time and hopefully everyone stays healthy, let’s see.

“He did everything he had to do to push him into the opportunity and see where it takes him.”

Cashman added: “Oh I think he’s close [Volpe]. Volpe is near, Peraza is near. I mean, Peraza got up at the very end here. I think they’re all on the verge of competing for an everyday position.”

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