The Yankees' Brian Cashman will be here in about 10 minutes to take your questions!
What are your thoughts on what's happened north of the border this offseason?
I think Toronto significantly improved their club, with Reyes and Dickey especially. They've added depth and quality talent. They will be a force to deal with.
You've had a long career, but how long can you put up with all the aggravation of being in the pressure cooker that is New York? You could retire somewhere nice and golf, fish and vacation year round.
I wish I could go golfing and vacation year round, but that's not realistic. As long as I can assist in the winning situation here in New York, hopefully they can keep me for an extended ride.
Thus far, what was the most fulfilling moment in your tenure with the New York Yankees?
Wow.....1998 when we won 125 games and lost only 50 and were world champs. Pretty hard to top a season like that.
Nice signing on Pronk. Are you going to look further for a right-handed platoon partner, or plan on DHing him most days regardless of matchup?
We would use Pronk against right handed pitching. We're still looking for a right handed hitting outfielder that might be here in a non roster invite.
Hi Cash No A-ROD questions from me. My question is how does our starting rotation stack up? Also the kid we got from Seattle last year is he making any progress as far as getting back into the rotation.
I think we have a chance to have one of the better starting rotations 1-5 in baseball. As long as they stay healthy, it will be our team's strength.
Is confidence in Austin Romine or Gary Sanchez to take the starting catcher job the primary reason for not signing a catcher in the offseason?
No. We liked Russel Martin. We tried to sign him to a multi year deal last year. It was a deal he rejected. I do like Austin Romine and love Gary Sanchez's ceiling, but I'm not in a position to annoint any of those guys as can't misses yet.
You guys look to have some intriguing young prospects in Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, and Gary Sanchez. Do you think these players will be much of the core of the future much like Jeter, Possada, and Pettitte were nearly twenty years ago?
We always hope for that, but the Jeter, Posada, Pettitte, Rivera core just doesn't happen. They're once in a lifetime situations, but we aspire to find that yearly.
Hello Mr. Cashman! I'm a diehard Red Sox, but have always had high respect for you and how you run the Yankees, which can't be an easy job. My question to you is how difficult it is to maintain a good relationship with everyone like the owners, manager, and players when you're so busy and have to make tough decisions like trades or firing? Also, is it true that as a GM, your phone rings off the hook?
It's difficult because every time you make a decision, you'll make someone unhappy and therefore a relationship will suffer. That's just a fact. But when you're in position to make a final calll, you have to be willing to make it and deal with those consequences. Sometimes people love you, sometimes people hate you.
Accept that or get out.
Could you see yourself ever making a trade with the Sox? Thanks!
Only if it made us better!
I think that all Yankee fans would like a definite yes or no answer to this question: Will the Yankees spend to lure top free agents in 2014 and 2015 or is frugality the new norm?
I don't think we're frugal at all.I think we're spending the same amount of money we've always spent. The perception doesn't match the reality.
If you didn't have a job in baseball, what would be doing?
Athletic director at the University of Kentucky. Winning basketball championships.
Up to this point are you satisfied with your accomplishments in your tenure with the Yankees. Would you do anything different?
I'm real proud of the accomplishments. Proud of all of the division tiles and world championships. I wish we had more world championships.
Hello Brian, where's a good place to start if one's goal were to become GM of a sports team?
There are internship opportunities offered by each team, as well as the commissioner's office and MLBPA and minor league clubs. Getting your foot in the door is the key. If I can do it, you can do it.
Anything about the New Yankee Stadium design which, with the benefit of having been there now for a few years, you wish had been done differently?
I think it's spectacular. I think it's spectacular as is.
What's your thoughts on Russ Canzler and his future with the club. What can he bring to the team?
If we can retain Russ Canzler, he's a right handed bat that can play first, third and a corner outfield and will compete for that area of weakness that we have, right handed bat v. left handed pitching.
Brian, do you ever see the possibility of the Yankees rebuilding or is the expectation that the Yankees contend every year?
The expectation is that we'll contend every year.
Brian -- what motivates you after all of the success you have already had?
Adding to the trophy case.
What do you think of the Red Sox' offseason moves?
I think they've improved their club. Last year was an aberration.
Thanks for the questions. Hope to see you at the stadium this year.