Via Brian Heyman -
Brian Cashman has put out the word to his counterparts.
“I’ve told everybody out there that I’m up for the incremental upgrades or the significant upgrades,” the GM said before the Yankees’ 3-2, 12-inning win over the Rangers Thursday at Yankee Stadium. “As you see by the moves we’re making, they’re the incremental upgrades right now.”
The Yankees are down to 10 on the DL because reliever Amauri Sanit was released to make room on the 40-man roster for 32-year-old righty Brian Gordon, whom Cashman signed to start Thursday in place of Bartolo Colon, after Gordon opted out with the Phillies’ Triple-A Lehigh Valley team. Reliever Lance Pendleton was sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the 25-man roster.
Cashman also signed 28-year-old former Dodgers righty reliever Cory Wade to a minor-league deal Monday after he was released at Triple-A with the Rays and brought him up Wednesday. Gordon pitched well for 5 1/3 and Wade earned the victory with two perfect innings.
“We’ve got a good team,” Cashman said. “But we’re wounded in some aspects of it right now. It’s up to me and our staff to make it better, plug the holes and improve even when everybody is healthy.”
Cashman made it clear he doesn’t want to rush his best prospects. He also made it clear he wants top catching prospect Jesus Montero playing at Triple-A and not sitting behind Russell Martin and getting occasional DH at-bats. That’s why Francisco Cervelli is second string.
“Is Montero better than Cervelli? Yes he is,” Cashman said.
Let me be the first one to predict a D. J. Mitchell for Jose Molina trade…