NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, November 20, 2015, 1:11 AM
Yankee GM Brian Cashman remains “open to anything” this offseason, and that includes the possibility of trading big names such as Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller.
“It may lead to pretty dramatic things or nothing but pretty dramatic stories,” Cashman said Thursday night before a charity event in Manhattan. “I’ve got my ears open — big names, small names.”
So it figures to be an interesting winter in Yankeeland, where Cashman says the trade talk has already been “very aggressive, more so than any winter I can recall. It might be a reflection of the industry or it might be reflective of our roster having so many viable, attractive pieces that are under control.
“I’m getting a lot of action on a lot of guys.”
Cashman spoke Thursday evening before participating in a “Sleep Out” at Covenant House with other business leaders. Cashman, who now has done the annual event five times, was slated to spend a night on the street outside Covenant House’s Midtown location to help raise awareness of the plight of homeless children.
It really hit home on a rainy night, Cashman said. “They have to deal with all the elements,” Cashman said. “I cannot even fathom the world they have to work through to even get a level playing field.”
Though he was doing the event, Cashman was still “open for business,” he said. He told that to an opposing GM who called as he pulled into a nearby parking garage.
Asked if he was close to completing any moves, Cashman replied, “Yeah, I think there are some things in play that if teams say ‘yea’ to the positions I’ve taken, then yeah.
“There’s been some time that’s developed between the last deal and the current status. So you never know.”
He echoed Hal Steinbrenner’s comments from this week’s owners’ meetings that fortifying the starting rotation is always something to consider, though he’d mull a move in any facet of the game, too.
“Even if we had five guys with pristine health and high-end performance, starting pitching — I come from a horse background — they’re like racehorses and they can go down anytime and normally they do,” Cashman said. “Any chance to improve that, you have to focus on it if you can.”
While the Yankees would like to retain their first-round pick instead of signing a free agent that requires compensation, Cashman said he’d sacrifice it “in the right circumstance.
“I value it. It’s definitely an important piece, but where we typically pick, we don’t have access to the top 10 picks and the talent level is radically different.”
When asked specifically about his potential willingness to trade Miller or Gardner, Cashman did not hesitate, saying, “I’m honestly open to any idea.
“I entered (last) winter with no expectation of trading (Martin) Prado or Shane Greene, especially Shane Greene, who was an under-control, cheap starter at a high level for us, which is right up our alley.
“But because we were open-minded and listening on all fronts, we did deals where Prado netted us (Nathan) Eovaldi and Greene got (us) Didi Gregorius.
“So I think we’re going to enter the winter the same way we did last year, which is open to any dialogue.”