Cashman looking to make a deal

NEW YORK -- If you're one of those saying Brian Cashman needs to make a trade, you're not alone.

The New York Yankees general manager is saying the same thing.

Asked Saturday if the Yankees as currently constituted are good enough to make the playoffs, Cashman didn't say he's looking for injured pitchers to return. He's said he's looking at players -- presumably pitchers -- who aren't yet in the organization.

"I'm looking to make some additions if I can," Cashman said.

And while CC Sabathia was set to make his first minor league rehab start Saturday night, which would start a clock that would have him back in the majors before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline, Cashman said he would prefer not to wait.

"I'd like to try to do it before [Sabathia and/or Michael Pineda] get back, if possible," he said. "But we've been trying, and there's a reason we haven't done anything yet. It's not because of a lack of phone calls."

The Yankees entered play Saturday night with a 41-37 record, 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East and one game out of a wild-card spot.

"We're keeping ourselves in the mix, but we'd rather be in position to excel," Cashman said. "We'd rather excel, take control, maybe pull away. We're not in the control-and-pull-away category. We're in the in-the-mix category. If I can do my job, I'd like to be able to assist us into that higher category."

The Yankees have three-fifths of their original starting rotation on the disabled list, and Sabathia is the only one who could return any time soon. Ivan Nova is out for the year after Tommy John surgery, and Pineda only began throwing off flat ground on Saturday. Although the Yankees won't rule out the possibility that Pineda pitches again this season, they certainly can't count on him.