The Yankees captain, who turns 40 in June, broke his left ankle in the 2012 ALCS, then broke it again last spring during his rehab.
While some Yankees fans engaged themselves in some minor hand-wringing over Masahiro Tanaka’s middle-distance running capabilities, just as many Mets fans wondered why on earth Ike Davis is still on the roster.
“We’ve got Kelly Johnson along with a cast of characters that are going to compete for that spot from the right side,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “We look for it to be a platoon situation, a lefty-righty situation.”
“This would make the Boss proud,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “This is Yankee big. This is Steinbrenner big.”
Asked to deliver a message to New York fans in English on Thursday, Tanaka said he plans to let his performance on the field do the talking.
On the heels of landing prized free-agent pitcher Masihiro Tanaka, Yankees GM Brian Cashman gave Boomer and Craig a call Thursday morning to comment on the process.
They have their way, and it has generally worked. For now, the outfield improves with Beltran. And that is enough. The way the Yanks operate, it has to be enough.
Joba was like a firefly in Central Park, carelessly drifting through the woods, free and aflame just long enough to charm an entire city, and just short enough to leave us forever frustrated.
“We loved Robby. He’s a great player,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. “We made an offer we were comfortable with making. It fell far short of obviously where Seattle was. So, in terms of respect, they showed a lot more respect financially than we did.”
General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday the team isn’t shopping outfielder Brett Gardner, though they will listen to offers.
“If the numbers are right, he had 240 million reasons why he should go to Seattle,” Cashman said poolside at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday. “If I was him, I would’ve done the same thing.”
The Yanks are still looking for a second baseman/third baseman type and are trying to bring the lineup “back to the top two or three offenses in the game. We need more work there.”
“We got pretty close throughout the years, but I understand it’s a business. It’s a business on both sides. I would have liked to have played with him longer but you understand it’s a business, guys move on.”
With the additions of Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees have a surplus of outfielders. So could a trade be in the works?
That would leave them with approximately $5 million to spend if they intend to stay under the $189 million threshold.