Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks GM Cashman's Focus Back on Roster

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks GM Cashman's Focus Back on Roster

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NEW YORK — As the Yankees introduced Aaron Boone as their new manager on Wednesday, general manager Brian Cashman continued to reiterate that he is investing in Boone's ceiling.

And Cashman believes that because of Boone's progressiveness, open-mindedness, intellect and communication skills, that ceiling is high.

But he still acknowledged that regardless of who is leading the team in the dugout, it's the talent on the field that will ultimately determine how much the Yankees achieve.

"The biggest thing happens to come down to players that you acquire," Cashman said following a news conference at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. "The manager's a vitally important aspect of it, but no manager can play without great talent. Our success will mostly come from that."

Now that he has his manager in place, shoring up a roster that already has an abundance of talent is one of Cashman's next steps this offseason. With the Winter Meetings beginning next week in Orlando, the Yankees are likely to be highly engaged on the free agent and trade markets as they try to fill out the rotation and possibly iron out a potential logjam in the infield.

The Yankees have money coming off the payroll and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said Wednesday that the team plans to put that money back into the club.

"We will be active on the free agent market," Steinbrenner said. "We will leave no stone unturned. Where we think we need improvement we're going to do our best, as we always do, to make it happen."

The Yankees already lost out on one offseason target as Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani, through his representatives, told the team he would not be coming to New York.

The Yankees had scouted Ohtani for a while and worked in recent weeks to add international bonus pool money, but the belief is that Ohtani prefers to join a smaller market on the West Coast. …

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