Of course, that didn't stop Cashman and the Yankees from claiming right-hander Jim Miller on waivers from the Athletics later in the day. Miller, 30, was 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 33 relief appearances over four stints with the A's this year, and has been added to New York's 40-man roster.
Miller might have a chance to make the team this spring, but as the Yankees looked forward to completing their $10 million agreement with closer Mariano Rivera, Cashman said that seeking additional relief help wouldn't occupy much of his time this offseason.
"On top of Mariano? I don't think that's necessary," Cashman said. "I'm not opposed to it, but it's not on the need list."
That likely means that Rafael Soriano, who opted out of his contract after securing 42 of 46 saves in Rivera's absence this past season, will not return in 2013. The Yankees also seem primed to pass on former Royals closer Joakim Soria, who expressed some interest in setting up for Rivera.
"If we get something added to the bullpen, it would be something that presented itself that made too much sense in the marketplace, whether it's trade or free agency or what have you," Cashman said. "It wouldn't make much sense, given the team needs and the remaining dollars that we have."
The Yankees are hoping to find a replacement for right fielder Nick Swisher, and they told catcher Russell Martin that they didn't have enough cash to discuss a contract before he agreed to a two-year, $17 million pact with the Pirates. The club is also interested in bench help.
New York's bullpen figures to include David Robertson as Rivera's primary setup man, while David Aardsma, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan could play prominent roles. Cashman also named Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada as players who filled important needs for the 2012 club.
"In terms of strength of roster and trying to address your areas of weakness, that's not an area of weakness, in theory -- especially compared to certain other aspects of the club," Cashman said.