Cashman not planning a big splash

Yankees GM doing the 'small stuff' to improve the team
07/02/2012 4:33 PM ET
By Jack Curry

As always, Brian Cashman has watched the Yankees closely, and he likes what he sees.(AP)

Brian Cashman spends a lot of time on the phone searching for ways, however subtly, to try and improve the Yankees. That is especially true at this time of the season.

But, with less than a month remaining before the non-waiver trading deadline, Cashman continued to insist that he's not plotting any major moves.

"I'm not looking to do anything," Cashman said.

But then Cashman corrected himself. He is interested in making moves, minor moves like acquiring Chad Qualls from the Phillies for cash or a player to be named later. Since Cory Wade has struggled, Cashman felt that it was worth taking a chance on Qualls, a right-hander who still throws a sinking fastball between 93 and 96 miles per hour. While Qualls had a 4.60 earned run average this season, he held opponents scoreless in nine of his last 10 appearances.

"I'm going to do what I did: small stuff," Cashman said. "I don't think I need to do anything big."

As the days on the calendar inch closer to July 31, the trading deadline, Cashman expects that the Yankees will see themselves attached to starting pitchers that might be traded. Names like Cole Hamels, Zack Greinke, Matt Garza, Wandy Rodriguez and Ryan Dempster. Even with CC Sabathia (strained groin muscle) and Andy Pettitte (fractured left fibula) on the disabled list, Cashman hasn't initiated any talks regarding the acquisition of a starter. He anticipates that the price tags will be hefty.

For now, the Yankees have Freddy Garcia and David Phelps as replacements for Sabathia and Pettitte. But the Yankees said they believe Sabathia will only miss two starts and will return after the All-Star Game break. If Sabathia returns by then, he would join Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova in a solid rotation. Garcia or Phelps would be the fifth starter. The starters are 16-4 with a 2.61 ERA since June 1.

"I think our rotation is going to be fine," Cashman said. "We're going to get CC back in two weeks. We'll have Garcia in the fifth spot. If not him, it'll be Phelps. We'll be fine."

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