Cashman proving he's willing to take chances

Cashman proving he's willing to take chances

Cashman proving he's willing to take chances
NEW YORK -- The Yankees are looking for upgrades wherever they can get them.

It's no secret. They showed that recently by signing Cory Wade -- a reliever who hadn't pitched in the big leagues since 2009 and was coming off shoulder surgery -- and placing him on their 25-man roster. And they showed that by giving Brian Gordon -- a 32-year-old outfielder-turned-pitcher with all of three relief appearances in the big leagues -- the start against the Rangers on Thursday.

On a win-now team that's trying to make up for a wide array of injuries, and looking to weave through what's still a rather thin trade market, roster additions are to be expected -- of any size.

"I've told everybody out there, I'm up for the incremental upgrades or the significant upgrades," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "As you see by the moves we're making, they're the incremental upgrades right now. I feel like our roster's better on June 16 than it was on June 13 right now."

In order to make room for Gordon on the active roster, the Yankees optioned right-hander Lance Pendleton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and released right-hander Amauri Sanit, who made four relief appearances -- giving up 10 runs in seven innings -- before landing on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Pendleton had a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings this year.

Last week, the Phillies sent out a league-wide e-mail notifying clubs that Gordon was available after going 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA in 12 games (nine starts) for their Triple-A club.

When Bartolo Colon strained his hamstring and was placed on the DL on Sunday, Cashman looked at Gordon's numbers, liked what he saw, and -- after analyzing video with several members of his staff -- decided to make the move.

"I'm not afraid to take a chance," he said before Gordon's 5 1/3-inning, two-run performance on Thursday. "So, I'm just taking a chance."

Cashman was asked if he'd consider taking a chance on lefty Scott Kazmir, whom the Angels released on Wednesday after he posted a 17.02 ERA in five Minor League starts and has been on a downward spiral for several years.

The Yankees' GM said he hasn't looked into that yet. But, eventually, he will.

The Yanks are as open-minded as anyone right now.

"I think we're using all our resources," Cashman said, speaking in generalities. "We're a fully operational baseball operation system. I'm not afraid of a waiver claim. I'm not afraid of a guy with an opt-out. I'm not afraid to take a guy who all odds are against. And I'm certainly not afraid of a significant upgrade at the same time."