MIAMI — Brian Cashman watched the Yankees win a handful of sequence in opposition to some respectable groups and nonetheless noticed a flawed membership.
“We had been pushing ourselves into the world of there’s no query we’re on this, so what can we do about it?” the overall supervisor mentioned earlier than the Yankees’ 3-1 win over the Marlins. “Sit again and let it play out with what I believe is a particularly proficient roster already or acknowledge it’s not adequate regardless of the expertise and wishes extra?”
He went with extra expertise — including Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo, in addition to left-hander Andrew Heaney and relievers Joely Rodriguez and Clay Holmes.
After the mud settled, Cashman mentioned: “I do know we’re higher at the moment than we had been yesterday. However I additionally know everybody bought higher. It’s going to be enjoyable to look at.”
For a lot of the season, the Yankees haven’t been enjoyable to look at, trailing by a major margin within the AL East and unable to get previous the Athletics and Mariners for the second wild card.
Cashman mentioned he tried to amass Gallo from the Rangers throughout spring coaching, however couldn’t discover a match.
The Yankees had been unable to maneuver Luke Voit, within the midst of a disappointing season resulting from a number of accidents and an absence of efficiency when he has been on the sector. Each Cashman and supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned they’ll wait to find out Voit’s position till he returns from the left knee irritation that landed him on the IL.
“We all know what Voit’s able to when wholesome,’’ Cashman mentioned. “He swings a imply bat, will get on base. … Selections like that will likely be made at a later date.”
Cashman pointed to the actual fact Rizzo will likely be a free agent after this season, whereas Voit will stay underneath staff management.
“We added Rizzo for this stretch drive,’’ Cashman mentioned. “That is all in regards to the 2021 effort. We haven’t daydreamed into the longer term in any respect.”
Additionally they didn’t go over the $210 million luxurious tax threshold, as each the Cubs and Rangers paid down Rizzo and Gallo’s salaries, respectively.
Cashman acknowledged there was a “profit” to staying underneath the brink, nevertheless it wasn’t a “detriment” to him making a deal.
“Hal [Steinbrenner] was ready to go over,’’ Cashman mentioned.
That didn’t occur, however the Yankees had been definitely extra lively on the deadline than that they had been in years previous — which Cashman mentioned was as a result of staff’s underperformance all through the primary 4 months of the season.
“It’s as much as me to do every part I can to repair it,’’ Cashman mentioned. “We’ll see the way it performs out.”
The brand new arrivals had been optimistic in regards to the Yankees’ probabilities.
“The expectations as a Yankee is ‘World Collection or nothing,’ ’’ Rizzo mentioned. “The most effective expertise doesn’t all the time win. The most effective staff wins.”
And he wasn’t shocked the Yankees went and bought some big-name gamers.
“That is what the Yankees do and what they all the time do,’’ Rizzo mentioned. “This staff is doubling down once more.”
From his time with the Cubs, with which he received a title in 2016 to finish the franchise’s 108-year drought, Rizzo mentioned he is aware of “get into the postseason and something can occur.”
Gallo agreed, saying he knew it had been a “curler coaster” of a season in The Bronx.
“Hopefully, with a few additions, we are able to take off and make a run,’’ Gallo mentioned. “I’m not conversant in the previous. I’m right here now to assist this staff make the playoffs.”