Via Andrew Marchand:
[Randy] Levine said even though the Yankees haven’t won the Hot Stove League, having failed to sign top target Cliff Lee, it doesn’t mean that October won’t work out for them.
“Cliff Lee is one of the best pitchers there is in Major League Baseball,” Levine said. “He made a decision for himself and his family that he wanted to be in Philadelphia, and that is what free agency is all about and we respect it.
“That is a lot of money we saved by not signing Cliff Lee. We have one of the best minor league systems in all of baseball. At this point in time, we are getting a lot of calls from a lot of people, agents and other teams and we are going to be patient about it. We have until spring training, until the end of March when the season opens to do the right thing, be careful and weigh our options. I’ve been around a long time, we have sometimes won the Hot Stove League in December and November and we haven’t done too well in October. So hopefully, October is the main time that you have to perform and I’m confident we will have a championship team.”
You know what you get when you mix Hank Steinbrenner with Brian Cashman? You get Randy Levine.