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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman Remains Patient While Looking to Fill Out Roster

January 3rd, 2013 at 12:09 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

Though the New York Yankees have failed to make a splash in the free agent market this offseason, general manager Brian Cashman has been satisfied with the team's acquisitions and will continue to be patient as he looks to fill the remainder of the roster's holes. 

'Brian Cashman - Yankees GM' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

"I think patience is a virtue, and it's something we've learned can be used effectively," said Cashman. "It's a harder road to walk, but sometimes it's not the worst road to walk. Sometimes you've got to wait for the right time and the right place to strike." 

Last year, the Yankees waited until February to sign veteran Raul Ibanez, who ended up playing a key role for the Yankees all season and into the playoffs. The Yankees also made a big move in March, just a couple weeks before the regular season was set to start, as Andy Pettitte came out of retirement to return to the Bronx. 

Though the Yankees are unsure of who they will sign next or when that signing will happen, a corner outfielder who hits from the right side of the plate is their biggest need. Free agent Scott Hairston remains New York's top choice, but the versatile veteran is drawing interest from multiple teams around the league. Another target could be Delmon Young, though the Yankees have not shown interest as of yet. 

Whether the Yankees go with a younger player or an older veteran, a one-year deal is likely because New York's front office is focused on lowering the team's payroll under $189 million after the 2013 season. 

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