Kepner, Cash talk Yankees

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Tyler Kepner sat down with some Q.T. with Brian Cashman earlier this week, and the results are in today’s Times. The Yanks’ GM talked about his outfield situation, the Hot Stove League and his recovering All Stars.

On trading Xavier Nady or Nick Swisher:

“It depends on the trade talk,” Cashman said. “If we feel there’s a benefit, we’ll make a move. That’s basically it. We’re in a position where we don’t have to make a move, so that’s a strong position to be in. We could have them all year. We’re not going to do anything unless there’s a reason to do it.”

On Jorge Posada‘s and Mariano Rivera‘s respective rehab efforts:

“Our catcher and closer are coming off shoulder surgeries,” Cashman said. “That’s what concerns me, and that’s what people should be focused on. Everything is coming along fine, but nobody usually has hiccups this early. Posada’s just throwing at 90 feet on flat ground and Mo’s not even throwing yet.”

Posada will not be able to catch by the exhibition opener Feb. 25, Cashman said, but he is on track to be ready for the regular-season opener April 6. Rivera does not throw in January even when he is healthy, so his schedule is not alarming. But it is Cashman’s job to fret.

“Mo’s surgery wasn’t as serious as Posada’s,” Cashman said. “But it’s still shoulder surgery.”

Meanwhile — and somewhat related — comes the news via a Ken Rosenthal column that the Yankees are not really interested in Ben Sheets or Freddy Garcia. Considering how Cashman would like to find a starter, those two players are no sure thing. As Kepner hints at and as Rosenthal basically states, the Yankees are looking to fill the innings with someone who will deliver innings and not someone with the potential to be a top-flight starter as Sheets would be but has a questionable MRI dogging him.

Everyone in baseball seems to be in a holding part. Bobby Abreu, Adam Dunn and Manny Ramirez rumors have gone dark (although Bryan Hoch says Manny won’t be a Yankee). When the dust settles, however, and pitchers and catchers report in 26 days, the Yanks may head to camp with a few roster tweaks yet.

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  • http://yankeesfaninboston.blogspot.com DMan

    “We’re in a position where we don’t have to make a move”

    Well I agree with that if he’s talking trades…

    They should definitely be looking to make a move through free agency for another pitcher and some bench help.

  • dane bramage

    Why is everyone so negative against Randy Winn and Aaron Rowand? They would be OK for a season or two until we can see how good AJax will be.

    • Reggie C.

      Rowand is signed for 4 more seasons and he’s been so inconsistent in his career. He’s slugged over .500 twice in his career and followed each of those seasons by slugging .410.

      A Nady for Winn move isn’t a bad idea as he’s signed only for 2009. I think we’d need another player/prospect in that deal since the Giants are getting a probable Type-A player so there is solid compensation if the Giants don’t extend Nady.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      You really want the Yankees to pay Aaron Rowand $52M over the 2009-2012 seasons? Really?

      As for Randy Winn, it would make no sense for the Yankees to trade Nick Swisher for him, seeing as how Winn is a free agent after the 2009 campaign. If you are talking about dealing Xavier Nady for Winn then it doesn’t make sense for the Giants; Winn is an excellent right fielder with better on-base skills than Nady. Also, they are both due up for free agency after the 2009 season, why would Giants’ GM, Brian Sabean, OK a Winn-for-Nady swap?

  • Matthew

    If the unthinkable happens and Mo say gets hurt early….knock on wood….do you turn to Joba as the closer?

    • Reggie C.

      Nope.

    • http://yankeesfaninboston.blogspot.com DMan

      Nope I think you’d see them give Bruney first crack at holding that spot.

      But the calls for Joba would be very loud.

      • Matthew

        The guy I’d trust most would be Joba….Bruney/Marte are only ever going to be set-up me. I know Marte closed for Pitts but the AL, and more specifically, the AL east is 1000x more competitive.

        • RichYF

          The guy I’d trust most closing would be Sabathia.

          • Matthew

            Yeah, I’m sure that’s exactly what Hank want’s to do with his 161 million dollar investment…

            Come on. It’s going to happen one year, Mo will fall off.

            • Steve H

              His point is that you don’t put great starters in the pen (i think). That is why, no matter what, you don’t put Joba anywhere near the pen. He’s not as valuable there, simply put, no matter what happens with Mo. I’d rather thrown Melancon out there without an inning in the big leagues than move Joba back to the pen, in any capacity, under any circumstance.

        • Reggie C.

          I think the Yanks gave Marte a multi-year deal just to guard the team against this possibility. You can’t dismiss Marte’s prior closing experience. He did it before. He can do it again. Not every single closing situation is going to be done up against Bay-Ortiz-Youk. I’d much rather have Marte close a start from Joba, than Joba never get to close a start from Kennedy/Aceves.

          • Matthew

            That’s a good point. All the reason why we need a John Smoltz type in camp in 27 days or so…

            I’m still liking Ben Sheets. Make it a 1yr with a mutual option for a 2nd. He knows his stock is down…

    • That guy

      Hope Melancon is ready? Not really sure Marte or Bruney can close.

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      Probably. Somewhere along the line he will be back in the bullpen when he reaches his inning limit, I would totally rather have him at the beginning of the year in the pen than during crunch time at the end of the season. If Mo really wasn’t ready for the season opener, Cash would’ve thrown 14 mill at Pettitte no doubt.

      • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

        I don’t know for sure (obviously) but, Joba will be missing a few starters by being passed over on days off etc., so I don’t think he will have to be shut down at all. If this does come to pass, he should be ok for the whole season, what say you?

  • http://nyyankeesrumors.com/ Bob Ruffolo

    The team will be just fine to start the season, however, they will have to make a move for a SP, CF, or RP down the road this season.

    • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

      Why?

      • Matthew

        Cause I don’t like Hughes/Kennedy/Aceves as the 5th…

        Wang, CC, Burn, Joba, and [insert vet starter here] is better.

        Plus depth, depth, depth. I also think Hughes has to reprove himself in 3A

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          Wang, CC, Burn, Joba, and [insert vet starter here] is better.

          I can think of many, many cases in which that is de facto not true.

          • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

            Ditto!

        • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

          Not picking on you Matthew…
          Phil really has nothing to prove in AAA but, he does have a lot to prove in the Bigs. I truly expect Phil to go something like; maybe 9-4 with era of about 4.00+, he has the make-up and talent to do so…why not this year?

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Wang, CC, Burn, Joba, and [insert vet starter here] is better.

          Well now, that really depends on the vet starter you insert there, doesn’t it? Pettitte? Probably. Randy Wolf? Maybe, maybe not. Garland, Looper, Garcia et al? Probably not.

          I also think Hughes has to reprove himself in 3A

          Why? Because he had two fluke injuries the past two years that had nothing to do with his arm?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Hope Mo continues to heal.

    They keep saying it’s not a big deal, but any time it’s a shoulder, you worry, and any time it’s your hall of fame closer, you go into full-blown panic mode.

    • Matthew

      Yeah, that’s why I brought it up. Cash def has to have it in the back of his mind, you always need a back up plan and with Mo coming off surgery, he better dam well have one.

    • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

      Would you say, Cashman is in a panic mode? No, I know you wouldn’t, some will though. With Cash, one never knows. If one can withstand the King Geo., years this is a piece of cake. We can just hope both return to normal…er, their normal that is.

      • Matthew

        I’m not sure what you mean…

        He’s obv not panicking now, but I’m saying if…

        • ryan

          If Mo were to go down maybe a trade with the mets for Putz. Swisher and veras and maybe juan miranda to give them 1B depth with an aging delgado. Maybe not this exact combo but something could get done maybe.

        • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

          No problem at all! I was trying to say something to the effect that Cashman has never shown a proclivity for panic…that’s all. Go back to; Rebecca@12:59…she has pointed out the problem with Jorge and Mos shoulder injury…we could have a very big problem and if one is the type to do so…it could be panic time, even now. This is why I said hopefully, they return to normal. Most people realize shoulders are worse then TJ types of injuries…I sure as hell do. Just pointing out the obvious. Sorry I didn’t do a better job of explaining myself!

  • That guy

    Hamels signed for 3/20. Nice little chunk for his arb years.

    • The Evil Empire

      SInce Cashman didn’t say that we’re out of it yet i won’t be surprised if we miraculously picked Manny up.

      Imagine :
      3 Tex
      4 A Rod
      5 Manny

      I think the other 6 guys can go up there without swinging and we still might score 4 runs a game ha ha

  • Bill

    I think Manny is the missing piece we can not let the Mets get him.

    • Steve H

      Better than the Angels getting him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=43434432275 Ace

      I’d rather the Mets get him so I can watch him play in person and in the NL.

    • steve (different one)

      what do the Mets have to do with anything?

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=43434432275 Ace

    Does anyone know if there is still the ridiculous no-alcohol policy in the bleachers at the new stadium?

    • steve (different one)

      i have no facts, but i can’t imagine why it wouldn’t still apply.

      when did that start, when fans in Chicago threw beer on the players and it started a fight? i think it may be league-wide, but i am just guessing.

      i agree though, that’s a crappy rule.

    • That guy

      I hope the bleacher creatures can pronounce Teixeira right.

    • Mike W.

      You still can’t drink alcohol in the bleachers. But the bleachers will be accessible to the rest of the stadium and you can buy beers anywhere and drink them outside. Just not at your seats…

  • Don Mack

    The Evil Empire says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    Since Cashman didn’t say that we’re out of it yet i won’t be surprised if we miraculously picked Manny up.

    Imagine :
    3 Tex
    4 A Rod
    5 Manny

    I think the other 6 guys can go up there without swinging and we still might score 4 runs a game ha ha
    ——————————————————————-
    I agree. Bryan Hock says we won’t get him. Who is he, anyway? Guys like Gammons and Olney and the rest of the Red Sox Nation crew at ESPN all said the Yankees were out of the Teixeira sweepstakes and he was signing with Boston. That’s because Gammons drinks too much toilet water and is always full of $chit. Cashman isn’t trying to trade Nady and/or Swisher because he has free time on his hands. He’s trying to get rid of some payroll making it more likely we land Manny. Manny is not a cancer, he is the answer. WS #27 coming up.