By Randy Miller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
That still might happen. But Cashman’s shrewd deal for Britton solidified the Yankees’ bullpen as the best in baseball.
Needless to say, there was a lot to cover with Cashman during his conference call with the media on Wednesday morning.
Here’s what Cashman had to say in a group interview that lasted 25 minutes:
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What Britton brings
“Obviously he’s got a power sinker,” Cashman said. “How close he is to the All-Star guy, our hope is we’ll be able to see something like that on a regular basis but you recognize that he had a major injury coming back from the Achilles (surgery last winter) and he’s missed a lot of time and he’s knocking the rust off and closing the gap on where he was and what he’s capable of.
“We had a chance recently to see him up closer and personal when he was carving up our lineup (when the Yankees’ split a four-game series in Baltimore before the All-Star break). I don’t think they were comfortable at-bats for our hitters. I don’t even think we’ve seen the best of him and we hope the best is yet to come.
“He’s had an amazing career. Great ability. A lot of success. And that’s combined, from what I understand, with a great work ethic and a great teammate. He has all the attributes you’d want to have on your team and we’ve seen it from across the field coming out of the opposing bullpen.
“But I can’t predict. I know when we brought (Giancarlo) Stanton in here in the winter time, he’s wasn’t brought in here to be the quote-unquote man or a guy that was going to drive the boat. He was brought in to fit into what was already a great clubhouse with a lot of high-quality and highly capable players in their own right and I think the benefit of all that is when you have so many people who have representation in terms of ability, whether it’s Aaron Judge or Aaron Hicks or Didi Gregorius or whomever.
“The bottom line is we’re not asking Zach Britton to come in here and be anything other than what he already is. We’re asking him to be a part of a group of people that are all more than capable. So he should blend in rather nicely. So you feel like this team got better.”
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What about starting pitching?
Cashman says still trying to deal for a starter for the trade deadline after strengthening the Yankees bullpen with the Britton acquisition.
“We’re going to continue to evaluate,” Cashman said. “We’d certainly love to add to the rotation, but at the same time we’re evaluating the available players in the market price.
“We have Luis Cessa starting today. We have (rookie Jonathan) Loaisiga eventually coming back (from a sore shoulder) and (No. 1 pitching prospect) Justus Sheffield we might want to utilize (as well as No. 2 pitching prospect) Chance Adams.
“So that’s something that we’re analyzing with the price tags that are being thrown our way on starting-pitching options. It’s good that we reinforced the ‘pen and it makes a strong fallback position for us knowing that we have quality arms (in the organization as starter options), some of whom we haven’t tapped into yet and deployed at the major league level. But as we move forward, I don’t think we’ll be afraid to do so if necessary.”