Brian Cashman was a guest on Mike Francesa's show yesterday afternoon. He talked about a variety of topics, including where the team stands on Yoan Moncada and James Shields, what the expectations are for CC Sabathia, and the health of Masahiro Tanaka. But the most telling comments might have been the ones about the situation at second base. Via Brendan Kuty, Cash explained that the Stephen Drew signing was a low-risk one and one the team is willing to cut bait on if he doesn't rebound from his putrid 2014. He also didn't come and declare that Drew was going to be the starter at second base, saying of Rob Refsnyder:
"The bottom line is, he'll go into camp, and he'll compete, and he'll have a chance to potentially earn a spot on the roster."
That quote should be music to the ears of the Yankee fans who were against the Drew signing. One of their biggest problems with the decision was the perceived blocking of Refsnyder at second. To some, the move came off as another instance in which the Yankees were going with "proven" veterans over their own young players. That doesn't sound like it's going to be the case this spring, which is what I've been saying all along. Drew's signing should be seen as more of a threat to Brendan Ryan's playing time than Refsnyder's. Refsnyder should have been given every chance to win the starting second base job whether Drew was around or not, and Cash made it sound like that's exactly what's going to happen in ST.