Yankees ‘reached out’ but no deals on horizon

BOSTON — The Yankees are prepared to begin wheeling and dealing, their basic supervisor declared Saturday. Alas, the remainder of Major League Baseball has not reciprocated such enthusiasm.

“We certainly have reached out, between myself and [assistant GM] Mike Fishman, to all parties [in] both leagues,” Brian Cashman mentioned, earlier than the Yankees fell to the Red Sox, 4-2, at Fenway Park. “We’ve had a lot of conversations but … I wouldn’t say there’s any momentum. I don’t get a sense that there’s a feeling of action right now from the industry. It doesn’t mean that people can’t make a deal or won’t make a deal, but it doesn’t feel like there’s a lot of heavy activity ready to burst.”

The Yankees’ most evident wants are middle subject, the place Aaron Hicks’ season-ending left wrist damage has compromised them, and the beginning rotation, the place Corey Kluber (proper shoulder), Luis Severino (proper elbow and proper groin) can be out for some time longer whereas Deivi Garcia has cratered within the minor leagues. The Marlins’ Starling Marte headlines the checklist of doubtless obtainable middle fielders whereas the checklist of doubtless obtainable beginning pitchers may very well be topped by the Rockies’ Jon Gray.

Brian Cashman
Brian Cashman
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Typically, Cashman famous, the novice draft serves as a line of demarcation on the baseball calendar; golf equipment residence in on that and, upon its completion, flip to trades. MLB moved the draft again a few month, nevertheless, to align with the All-Star break in July.

“The closer you get to the draft, the less likely people will be engaged during that time frame, because they’re really going to be focused on nailing the draft,” Cashman mentioned. “We’re ready whenever. It doesn’t mean that the market’s ready to move yet either.”

Also to be decided is managing basic accomplice Hal Steinbrenner’s willingness to transcend the $210 million luxury-tax threshold; the Yankees at the moment stand only a few million {dollars} beneath that determine.

About his staff, Cashman mentioned: “The talent’s there, but we’ve got to find a way to tap into it on a more consistent basis because there are too many games where there’s a lot of frustration like, ‘Wow, why did that happen?’ or ‘How did that happen?’ We left too many runners on base, a lot of traffic without results, a missed opportunity, an inopportune error where you just go home unhappy. But at the same time, the flip side is, more recently obviously it’s been a lot better. So we know that we’re more than capable of but trying to more consistently close the gap [on the Red Sox and Rays in the American League East].”

The GM checked in on a number of different issues:

— Regarding slumping shortstop Gleyber Torres, Cashman mentioned, “He’s obviously struggling. We recognize that. I can point really quickly to Gleyber’s teammate, Gary Sanchez. There’s some optimism there because Gary was a massive target, understandably so, because of a poor performing 2020 and really difficult start to ’21 but yet he has resuscitated and found his way through to climb back toward the top of the mountain as one of the game’s best at his position. And Gleyber is that type of player, too.”

Cashman added that Torres already this season had improved his protection at brief after some early hiccups.

— The Yankees anticipate Kluber again “I’ll say September because I’d rather be late than early,” Cashman mentioned. “I know he feels good.”

Kluber has solely performed catch on flat floor since sustaining his damage.

— Severino’s return to the mound, after struggling a groin damage as he had began his rehabilitation clock from his 2020 Tommy John surgical procedure, is unsure. Cashman described the setback as “just devastating. It pushed him back from anywhere to four to six weeks.”

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