Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cano, Girardi, Leeway on General Manager's Wish List

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cano, Girardi, Leeway on General Manager's Wish List

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NEW YORK - General manager Brian Cashman's 2014 wish list begins with Robinson Cano anchoring a healthy Yankees lineup and Joe Girardi managing in the dugout.

Should he require more money to accomplish a plentiful list of winter tasks, the GM is confident in managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner's commitment to fielding a pennant contender.

"When the last name is Steinbrenner, the effort is going to be there in terms of making a full push for having the best team on the field you could possibly have," Cashman said Tuesday.

And if necessary, that means exceeding the 2014 luxury tax threshold.

"It's certainly a goal," Cashman said of ownership's desire to lower payroll under $189 million next season. But "it's not a mandate if it's at the expense of a championship run."

In reviewing a "disappointing" 85-win season derailed by "decision making as well as injuries," Cashman took sole responsibility for the club's second October-less season in 19 years.

"That's not Yankees standards," said Cashman at empty Yankee Stadium on a beautiful day for a playoff game. "We'll do everything within our power to rectify [a third-place finish] and put forth something that people can have high expectations for next year."

With Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retired and questions about the on-field futures of Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda, "We've got a lot of problems that we need to attack," Cashman said

But first up is the manager.

"We have an interest clearly in trying to keep him," said Cashman, who planned to meet Girardi's agent for lunch today and discuss a multi-year contract with a raise. Cashman anticipated having the entire coaching staff return if Girardi re-ups.

The Cubs' current managerial opening might be an obstacle, though Girardi is still under contract through Oct. 31; Cashman wouldn't answer whether he'd allow Chicago to speak with Girardi if it requested.

"I think he likes it here," Cashman said in praising the job Girardi has done since being hired in 2008. "We're going to give him a real good reason to stay."

The same goes for Cano, whose free agency starts with a $305 million asking price.

"Our intention is to have him back," Cashman said of the club's best hitter, who "maybe has the chance to be the first Dominican- born player to be in Monument Park. …

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