Via the Post -
Brian Cashman said on Thursday he still doesn’t anticipate making any moves before Sunday afternoon’s trade deadline, even as questions surrounding the rotation and the bullpen remain.
“I’m going to be hard-pressed to find anything better than getting Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes off the disabled list,” the Yankees GM said at a Hope Week charity event on Staten Island. “I can’t imagine I’m going to run into anything but you’ve still got to go through the motions.”
Those motions no doubt include looking at Rockies’ starter Ubaldo Jimenez and the Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda.
But Cashman believes Hughes will get back to the pitcher he was a year ago, even after manager Joe Girardi opened the door to a competition between Hughes and Ivan Nova, who could start for the Yankees on Saturday in one half of a doubleheader against the Orioles.
“His stuff is there. We’re seeing it,” Cashman said of Hughes, who surrendered two runs in six innings in a loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.
“We’re prepared for chaos if it comes before Sunday’s deadline. But I like the team we have.”
Cashman said he was “listening to everything,” and that likely includes offers for another lefty in the pen to join Boone Logan.
“If it’s someone that fits, great,” Cashman said.
But he repeated that he’s not optimistic.
“I go into the marketplace with a team that’s a championship-caliber team as it sits,” Cashman said. “It’s hard to upgrade on that.”
There you have it. Cashman is happy with a rotation of CC, A.J., Colon, Hughes and Garcia. Let’s just hope that’s not a mistake.