Cashman seeks pitching at Winter Meetings

Yankees GM on hunt for rotation arm, bullpen pieces

Cashman seeks pitching at Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Rappelling down the Landmark Building in Stamford, Conn., has become a tradition for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. He dons an elf costume and assists Santa Claus with his 22-story journey down to street level each year on the eve of baseball's Winter Meetings.

Once his boots are safely on the sidewalk this year, it will be time to get down to business. Cashman and the Yankees' contingent plan to arrive at the Winter Meetings on Monday morning, where they plan to lay the groundwork that will bolster their roster with a starting pitcher and at least two relievers.

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MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 Winter Meetings from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Fans can watch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, including the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.

Having taken a brief timeout to familiarize themselves with the more detailed aspects of baseball's new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Yankees appeared to fill a need on Sunday night, agreeing to a contract with seven-time All-Star slugger Matt Holliday.

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The Yankees also have been discussing trade possibilities with teams.

"I'm open, whether it's bullpen, starting [pitching], all of the above," Cashman said. "I just want to improve upon whatever we have. I want to get better. I'm open-minded to all of it. If I can find something that's better than the current starters, I'm interested if we can match up. Same with the bullpen."

Yanks to eye pitching at Winter Meetings

There has been little secret of the Yankees' interest in a reunion with closer Aroldis Chapman, though Cashman acknowledges that if they are to upgrade over current closer Dellin Betances, it will come at a high price tag. It has been suggested that Chapman could command as much as five years and $100 million.

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The Yankees also have interest in upgrading a rotation where Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia are their only locks. Though they have touched base with the representatives for free agents Rich Hill, Jason Hammel and Derek Holland, the trade market may prove a more appealing avenue for the Yanks to supplement their staff.

"There may or may not be help on the way on the rotation side, but it doesn't mean that we can't tend the garden in the bullpen with multiple efforts and find a bat somewhere at the very least," Cashman said.

At Meetings, Yanks open to all possibilities

The Yankees might also have the option of making a selection in the Major League phase of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, having reduced their 40-man roster to 39 players by non-tendering left-hander Jacob Lindgren on Friday before reportedly adding Holliday on Sunday.

Our coverage of the Winter Meetings, along with Cashman's daily thoughts, will appear on yankees.com throughout this week. Be sure to use the comment section at the end of each story to sound off with your own opinions on which hitter the Yanks should chase, which arms are the best fit, or anything else.

"From my perspective, I'm open-minded to anything," Cashman said. "I think it's in your best interest to always be that way."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.