Chad Jennings had an article chock full of quotes from Brian Cashman yesterday and those quotes furthered the patience mantra we’ve been hearing all season.
Though the Yankee general manager called the team “an unfinished product”, he didn’t indicate that he was going to make any hasty moves.
• Cashman’s quick, to-the-point evaluation of his current situation: “I need starting pitching,” he said. “That’s what I need.”
• Why hasn’t Cashman added a reliable starting pitcher? “If I could do business and fill my rotation, I’d do it right now” Cashman said. “I just don’t like the choices.”
I cannot stress how great it is to hear him say that. While we want the Yankees to get a starter, Cashman is indicating that the options just aren’t there in his eyes. We may think it simple to offer Justin Duchscherer a low base, incentive laden contract, but it’s clearly not that simple. The Yankees may not like his stuff. They may not like his medicals. They may think the move not worth it. At times like this, it is better to make no moves than to make hasty moves.
The prosaic cliche (is that repetitive?) “haste makes waste” definitely applies here. While the Yankees are a team that can absorb financial hits, that doesn’t mean they should throw money at potentially low upside players and risk setting the team back in the beginning of the season. It’s one thing to take a risk on an outfielder like Andruw Jones (or Randy Winn for that matter), but it’s another to do so for a pitcher who’s essentially guaranteed to appear on the field enough to impact the team.
Brian Cashman is right to be publicly patient. At the same time, I think highly enough of Brian Cashman to believe that behind the scenes, he is working with a controlled fury, searching for the right pieces to finish the product that is the 2011 New York Yankees roster.