What Brian Cashman thinks about Joey Gallo’s Yankees future
Brian Cashman is looking for a shortstop with “urgency,” but he hasn’t determined if “it will be in a big way, in a modest way, in an acceptable way? We’ll see.”
What the Yankees general manager knows, however, is that Joey Gallo is set to return to left field despite a rough start in the Bronx.
“He hasn’t played as well as he is capable of playing,” Cashman said. “It’s not easy to move from one city to another. It’s a new experience for him. I believe he is very talented. Hopefully the two or three month experience with us benefits him as he begins his year of free walking.
And he doesn’t think Gallo is ill-suited to play in the Bronx.
“I don’t mean to say there is a problem. I think you’re going to see a much better version of him, but that doesn’t mean much. He hit 0.190 with us, ”Cashman said of Gallo, who has actually only hit 0.160 in 58 games. “He struggled with his admission… and with the facts. But he’s a threat every time at plate and I bet we’ll see a much improved version of him next year for us. I feel very confident saying this because he is so talented. I expect him to be there, if that’s what you ask.
The rest of the list isn’t as cut and dry, especially short.
There is an elite shortstop class of free agents out there, including Carlos Correa and Corey Seager – among others – but the Yankees remain bullish on two of their top prospects, Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza, who both play the post.
Asked if he had them in mind when looking for a new shortstop, Cashman replied, “You have to do it. You know you have guys who are about to come that you think highly of. … You always want to keep the best of the best if you can.
He added that he was not interested in signing one of the better shortstops with the idea of moving them to a different position in a year or two if either of the prospects are up for it. drill.
That leaves the Yankees heading for Friday’s deadline to protect the Minor Leaguers from the Rule 5 draft with a few decisions to be made. It’s a process they were “badly burned” on last season, according to Cashman, when the Red Sox took Garrett Whitlock away from them and the right-hander became a key member of their enclosure.
This year, they have up to five hopes that could be snatched by another team and no extra spots on their 40-man roster.
Cashman will undoubtedly try to free up space with moves by Friday’s deadline, but he spent Thursday night in Midtown attending the Covenant House Sleep Out for the 11th year in a row benefiting the center that helps young people to overcome homelessness.
After Friday’s deadline, the Yankees and the rest of baseball will face a potential lockout on December 2, when the collective agreement will expire.
As managing partner Hal Steinbrenner said on Wednesday, Cashman is also operating as “business as usual”, and although he only made one signing – bringing left-hander Joely Rodriguez back on a contract as one year and $ 2 million – it’s “open for business.” “
He is also looking for up to three batting coaches to replace Marcus Thames and PJ Pilittere, both of whom were laid off after the season, as well as another pitching coach, which would also give the team three pitching coaches, which, according to Cashman, is online. with new industry standards.
He added that Aaron Hicks was cleared to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic next month in an attempt to “knock off some rust” after missing much of the season following a wrist operation.
Cashman said the Yankees sent a strength coach to see Hicks in Arizona and the center fielder “looks great.”
Still, Cashman remains in the market to add a center fielder as Hicks hasn’t been able to stay healthy.
Regarding the impending lockout, Cashman said these talks were “above my pay level” and that he was not letting it influence his decision-making.
“I don’t have a deadline,” Cashman said. “It remains to be seen whether we get a big fish or not. We cast a wide net: the biggest and the nastiest and the smallest too. As long as it somehow improves us in our mind and plays out that way, that’s the most important thing. “