Brian Cashman still ‘open-minded’ about Yankees adding more talent

TAMPA — Brian Cashman continues to make phone calls, but it remains to be seen whether that will lead to a call to add talent to the Yankees’ roster before Opening Day.

“We never dropped the pencil,” Cashman said Thursday. “If there is a way to improve the club, we will always remain open to it. We know what our goal is, and that is to be the team that survives until the end. The more talent you have, the better chances you have and the more likely you are to endure injuries.”

The Yankees general manager oversaw a winter marked by the acquisition of Alex Verdugo and signing of Marcus Stroman, in addition to the Juan Soto trade.

Brian Cashman speaks to the media during Yankees spring training on February 15, 2024. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

With this move, the Yankees’ estimated luxury tax payroll exceeds $300 million for the first time in franchise history.

Still, there are still question marks over a roster that relies heavily on staying healthy, especially without enough substantiation behind that roster.

Asked if the Yankees have room to add financially, Cashman said he couldn’t comment, citing the collective bargaining agreement (essentially, management has no room to add from potential free agents). (It is prohibited to make statements that are out of line.)

“I don’t have any agents ‘blocked’ on my call sheet,” Cashman said. “If they want to call, there are certainly avenues to do so. I have an open mind to not only continue the dialogue with opposing general managers, but to always listen to what is available. But , we like what we have here. But the season is long. We never think that what we have now is enough. That’s why work must always be open .”

The Yankees held their first practice for pitchers and catchers on Thursday, but many free agents remain unsigned.

That includes two top pitchers on sale in Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, both of whom are represented by Scott Boras.

Cashman declined to comment when asked if he was surprised that Snell and Montgomery had not yet signed at this point in the calendar.

The Yankees also discussed trading starting pitchers this offseason, but while Dylan Schiess will remain with the White Sox for the time being, he has not yet been matched with another team.

“You always want to improve your roster if you can,” Cashman said. “It has to fit. It has to make sense. If it’s a trade, a prospect match, or something you’re giving up to get something, you have to match there. But that’s not always possible. Or you have to make it economically compatible.”



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