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Cashman: we’re not desperate for Cliff Lee

Nov 12, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

Brian Cashman

Here’s Brian Cashman, talking about the Yankees’ need for Cliff Lee:

“I don’t feel like we are in a desperate situation here. I think we have a lot of quality players on this team that won 95 games and fell two games short of a World Series.”

To the extent that you’re never “desperate” when you’re the New York Yankees and that one player does not make all the difference in the world, yes, he’s right.

To the extent that anyone takes this comment to mean that Cashman’s number one priority this offseason isn’t to get Cliff Lee signed, they’re crazy.  Improving the pitching staff without signing Lee is just way, way more difficult otherwise, and I’m sure Cashman would enjoy the holidays approximately 349% more if Lee is signed.

That quote aside, it’s a good article about Cashman and Lee, with Cashman talking a bit about his visit with the Lees in Litte Rock on Wednesday.  Guess what?  According to Cashman, Kristen Lee loves New York.


  1. Kevin S. - Nov 12, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    All I think he meant was that the Yankees aren’t going to suck next year if they can’t get Cliff Lee. Well, that and a thin attempt at strengthening their bargaining position. I doubt it will work to convince Cliff Lee that they’ll walk away from the table if it gets too crazy, though.

  2. Charles Gates - Nov 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Cashman tends to have a good outlook on roster management. He didn’t sell on Hughes in the Santana trade because he knew he could get Sabathia the following off season. This hot stove season, though, is different. has a list of 2012 free agents. And that list is, well, meager:
    Starting pitchers
    Bronson Arroyo (35)
    Mark Buehrle (33)
    Chris Carpenter (37) – $15MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Aaron Cook (33) – $11MM mutual option with a $500K buyout
    Kyle Davies (28)
    Ryan Dempster (35) – $14MM player option
    Zach Duke (29)
    Jeff Francis (30)
    Livan Hernandez (37)
    Edwin Jackson (28)
    Kenshin Kawakami (37)
    Scott Kazmir (28) – $13.5MM club option with a $2.5MM buyout
    Paul Maholm (30) – $9.75MM club option with a $750K buyout
    John Maine (31)
    Jason Marquis (33)
    Brandon McCarthy (28)
    Gil Meche (33)
    Sergio Mitre (31)
    Scott Olsen (28)
    Roy Oswalt (34) – $16MM mutual option with a $2MM buyout
    Oliver Perez (30)
    Joel Pineiro (33)
    Wandy Rodriguez (33)
    C.C. Sabathia (31) – may opt out of remaining four years, $92MM
    Carlos Silva (33) – $12MM mutual option with a $2MM buyout
    Brian Tallet (34)
    Adam Wainwright (30) – $9MM club option for 2012, $12MM club option for ’13
    Tim Wakefield (45)
    Chien-Ming Wang (32)
    C.J. Wilson (31)

    There just isn’t that much there where Cash’ can say, ‘I’ll just get by with Joba/Nova and save the money for next year.’ The St. Louis aces are under team options. Wandy is interesting, but he’ll want a longish deal, and he’ll be 33. After that, you’re meddling in the You’re Old category. The Yankees may not be desparate for Cliff Lee, but there really isn’t a good Plan B, this year or the next.

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