Yankees general manager Brian Cashman seems to be well aware that he has an eventful offseason ahead of him. While addressing the "disappointment" of the 2013 season Tuesday morning, Cashman also spent ample time discussing the futures of Joe Girardi and Robinson Cano, as well as the weaknesses team needs to focus on this winter, reports Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger.
The GM began the session with a discussion of what went wrong in 2013, a season that saw the club turn in its worst full-season record (85-77) since 1992. While many other organizations would be content with 85 wins, Cashman called the year "a tough one," adding:
"We didn’t get to where we want to be. Obviously, it was a struggle all year. And a lot of disappointment.
"Whether it’s injuries, recurring injuries, underperformance, unexpected poor performance. We didn’t get to where we needed to be, and there’s a lot of reasons for it...
"We weren’t good enough. Period. So we were where we belonged, which is on the outside looking in."
Cashman then moved on to the subject of soon-to-be-free-agent manager Joe Girardi, saying that the club is in the "process" of talking the skipper into returning to the Bronx next season. The GM already met with Girardi for coffee on Monday and has plans to meet with his agent for lunch on Wednesday. Cashman added that he can't predict how quickly the situation will resolve itself, as Girardi will be able to test the open market when his contract expires Nov. 1.
As for as the Yankees' plans for restocking their roster this winter, Cashman said that there are "a lot of problems we need to attack," with the starting rotation, the left side of the infield, and second base at the forefront. The GM expects the prioritizing of available players to kick off sometime next week, with all the scouts getting together to rank desired players by position.
Cashman also said that the club "would love to have Robbie [Cano] back," but added the disclaimer of "if we can." The Yankees are still looking to get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold for the 2014 season, so unless Alex Rodriguez's salary comes off the books when his appeal concludes, the Bombers are going to have a hard time affording the record money that Cano is looking for.