After returning from the general managers’ meetings, Brian Cashman said it was too soon to tell where the Yankees stood in their pursuit of a top-echelon starting pitcher.
“It’s so early in the process in my conversations with the personnel,’’ Cashman said. “Clearly, the bigger the name — and they’ve earned the right — the bigger the contract, the bigger the expectation, the bigger the money. There’s gonna be opportunities for some people to take advantage of great performances in this marketplace. They’ve earned that right.”
At the top of that list figure to be Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg. Cashman has talked to agent Scott Boras about both pitchers — and their sales pitch won’t be about only money.
“We’re just gonna put our best foot forward, making sure we can share who we are and what we represent,’’ Cashman said Thursday. “Not just with the contract and the offer. We’ll try to make sure they understand what our culture is — along with a winning contract offer to make sure to try to win the day. Even that doesn’t guarantee anything.”
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