December 14, 2010 by staff
Russell Martin, Brian Cashman just spoke to the media. Surprisingly, the signature of Russell Martin was not the main topic of conversation. This boy from Arkansas who can not hack the Big Apple. No, not Burnett. The other.
Cashman remarks included a large number of spin expected. Spin designed, it seems, to disabuse the other teams out there that the concept is panicked and is now ready to grossly overpay for a starting pitcher.
I can not stress Plan B is patience. It’s not like we’re in a rush to do something … We have a great team … It would be a rare situation for me to include Montero in a case … I do not think we have a lot of holes…
With respect to plug these holes, Cashman said: “It should not happen in winter, suggesting that the Yankees would wait until the trade deadline next year. He also spoke of his current rotation, saying that New Ivan “has taken the next step” and that he loves his team as he is, even if it can stand some improvement. Who are all smart things to say to him, even if all his statements could be truer by adding the phrase “but we really, really want to add a top flight pitcher.”
As to Lee himself, Cashman echoed what many had already suspected. If the delay in the response of Lee Camp occurred on weekends, he knew he could get into trouble. That the Yankees did what they could do to make him sign. There is no grudge with Lee and did not make sense that the agent Lee was someone around jerks. It was a negotiation like any other. All in the game, yo. [Cashman did not say "all in the game, yo."]
So now the air is cleared from the Yankees’ side of things. It will not stop half a dozen columnists writing about how this was a death blow for the Bombers, both competitive in terms of language and the Yankee brand we continue to hear about it. But hey, we need something to spend the rest of the week, right?
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