NEW YORK -- Prior to the Yankees' 81st game, with a month until the trade deadline, Brian Cashman is not fooled. Yes, the Yankees are just two games out of first place in the AL East, but the GM knows they are 41-39 and far from a juggernaut.
"We are fortunate to be two games out with [our] poor performance and injuries," Cashman said.
Cashman reiterated that he is actively looking to make a trade. Right now, prices are sky high with GMs asking for a premium if they are going to unload a possible difference-maker a month prior to the July 31 trade deadline.
"I'm ready to rock and roll," Cashman said.
Cashman added he is surprised by how poor the AL East has been so far. The Blue Jays lead the division with a 45-39 record. Both the Orioles and Yankees have 39 losses. The Red Sox are only six back, despite being six games under .500.
"I wouldn't have predicted this for anyone in the division, to be honest," Cashman said.
Cashman said that the division is "up for grabs," and he could help make the difference in the end.
"I've been vocal, there are some things I need to do," Cashman said.
CC headed to Trenton: Continuing his rehab, CC Sabathia will pitch in Trenton on Thursday. Sabathia told Cashman he felt "good" after his bullpen at the Stadium on Monday.
"We'll take it one step at a time," Cashman said. "Obviously, we have to maintain health and boost that pitch count. He is only at 37 pitches right now. We'll build that up to 50. We'll keep going from there."
Cashman said Sabathia is moving better than before he had the knee drained.
"He looked healthy," Cashman said.
Baby steps: Michael Pineda (upper back) is going through the "baby steps" and needs another full spring training before he will be ready. Cashman thought that sometime in August is possible for a Pineda return.
Bailout?: Andrew Bailey, trying to return from shoulder surgery, is working in the bullpen. If he makes it back, Cashman said it wouldn't be until September. Cashman used the word "long shot" in describing the chances for Bailey in 2014. If he does come back, it doesn't sound like he would be in position to do anything significant.