NEW YORK (WFAN) — Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman still doesn’t have a deal to talk about.
Cashman talked with reporters, including WFAN’s Sweeny Murti, about his interest level in Mark Buerhle who reportedly reached an agreement with the Marlins on a 4-year, $58 million contract.
When asked how engaged he was in discussions with Buerhle, Cashman responded saying he had an “early conversation” with him.
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“I didn’t have any conversation with him at all this week. I think he’s a heck of a pitcher and everything of that nature, but given our current situation that, you know, that’s not an area that I can fill,” he said.
Cashman also discussed Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. The Yankees won the bidding for his negotiating rights via the Japanese posting system, and they now have 30 days to negotiate a contract.
If signed, Nakajima would compete for a utility role alongside Eduardo Nunez.
“He’s not starter for us. It doesn’t mean he’s not a starting player, but we have players that are better than him assigned. So, Alex at third, Derek Jeter at short, [Robinson] Cano at second. The purpose of trying to acquire him is not…has nothing to do with them, it’s obviously the support of them,” Cashman said. “He can handle the bat, we believe his versitility has a lot of value.”
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