I'm not exactly sure what kind of patience he's talking about. Does this mean we need to sit back and wait a year because he completely messed this offseason? Or does it mean he's got a deal or deals in the works that will help the Yankees catch up with Boston and Philly, but that it may take a few weeks for anything major to happen?
As long as he doesn't trade the entire farm I hope it's the latter.
Maybe we can figure out more from these talking points from Cashman via Marc Carig:
Well, that really didn't clear things up at all, did it?
- The Yankees'next moves will depend on what's left on the marketplace, though it doesn't appear that somebody of Lee's impact is left on the board. "There are certain areas that are easier to address than others," Cashman said. Just looking at the market, it seems that while top-end starting pitching could be had in the trade market, the price tags appear to be prohibitive. But the market has options as far as bench types and bullpen arms.
- The starting rotation remains a question mark, even though Cashman tried to relay a more optimistic message: "Is it perfect? No. Can it be improved upon? Yes," he said. But A.J. Burnett is coming off an awful season and Ivan Nova is young.
- Cashman took a long view, saying that improvements can be made to the roster, all the way up to next summer's trade deadline: "It doesn't have to happen in the winter time," he said. It's an interesting point considering how much the market could shift between now and then....
- Speaking of Montero, Cashman said he's not inclined to trade him this winter. "It would be a rare situation for me to include Montero in a deal," he said. Montero once again became the center of speculation regarding trade talks when mlb.com reported this morning the Yankees had signed veteran catcher Russell Martin. Cashman refused to comment on the deal, which is still not official.
- "I don't think we have a lot of holes," Cashman on the Yankees roster.
- "We're not down and out at all. We've got a great situation," Cashman on the Yankees moving forward.