CBS/WFAN: Brian Cashman was on WFAN yesterday and spoke on a number of topics. He mentioned that he’s been wrestling with the idea of adding either an infielder or a starting pitcher, but can probably only do one move because of the luxury tax threshold. He also talked about wanting to move Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract and confirmed his interest in Yu Darvish. There’s an audio clip of the entire interview included in the link if you want to listen. Here are some other highlights:
Cashman says the 40-man roster was a bit too clogged up in 2017 to give Chance Adams a ML shot. But said he'll be the first non-roster alternative for a SP option if there's an injury in the rotation. #Yankees— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) January 11, 2018
Cashman said something along the lines of it’s his fault Ellsbury is making the money he’s making and wants fans to blame him (Cash) for that side of the narrative.— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) January 11, 2018
What other GM talks like this?
Cashman says Gleyber will have a chance to win a job out of spring training. Also says Estrada and Wade are in that mix.— Matt Kardos (@mattkardos) January 11, 2018
Cashman says George Steinbrenner would definitely have a Twitter account. #Yankees— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) January 11, 2018
Random thread fun question: What would George Steinbrenner’s Twitter handle be?
MLB.com | Chad Thornburg: It’s arbitration season and the Yankees had eight players eligible. They’ll avoid arbitration with at least two of their players as the Yankees have agreed to deals with Aaron Hicks ($2.825 million) and Tommy Kahnle ($1.3125 million). They have yet to come to terms with Didi Gregorius, Dellin Betances, Sonny Gray, Chasen Shreve, and Austin Romine.
CBS | Sweeny Murti: Jacoby Ellsbury is obviously well within his right to exercise his no-trade clause and force the Yankees to keep him. However, he’s only hurting himself by doing so. Ellsbury needs to accept that he no longer fits with the Yankees and if he wants to play, he has to agree to waive his NTC. For what it’s worth, however, per Jon Heyman even if he did waive it, the Yankees are having trouble finding a suitor for him even though they’re reportedly willing to eat half his contract.
MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: A few days ago, Bryan Hoch did a piece about the Yankees rotation as it stands today. Now he’s followed that up with a piece about the bullpen which could be the best in the majors. He talks about the bullpen’s strength, weakness, and what could change between now and Opening Day. If you want to compare the Yankee bullpen to the rest of the league, you can do so here.
MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Will Justus be served in 2018? If Justus Sheffield has his way, it surely will. The Yankees’ #4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, reflected on his 2017 season and said he was happy and believes the Yankees were happy with his season, outside of the injury towards the end of the season. He’s eager to get back out there and let his performance do the talking and is hoping to earn his first cup of coffee in the majors in 2018. The world needs Justus and Judge on the same team, so I support this.