NASHVILLE -- New York Yankees closer Andrew Miller and left fielder Brett Gardner can't sleep easy just yet. After the winter meetings, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is still not done. He wants to add more pitching, which means his two biggest chips are still in play.
"It is still incomplete," Cashman said. "We are addressing areas of need, without a doubt. There are still steps in the process that I would like to take."
Cashman did accomplish a lot, but he knows it is on one side of the ball.
"I think [hitting coach] Alan Cockrell is loving me, and I think [pitching coach] Larry Rothschild is not liking me," Cashman said. "Alan probably has a nice Christmas card coming, and I'm getting coal from Larry right now."
Cashman, though, is ready to deliver for Rothschild before Valentine's Day, which is around the time spring training begins.
"I'm intending to do more," Cashman said.
That more has to do with starting and relief pitching, which is why Miller and Gardner could be used as chips for other pieces.
As we conclude the winter meetings, let's take a look at what the Yankees did over the past week.
The Yankees wanted to ...
1. Bolster their starting rotation: Cashman deepened his starting pitching depth by acquiring Triple-A starters Luis Cessa and Chad Green from the Tigers. Cashman sacrificed Justin Wilson so the Yankees can potentially have some more cover when someone on their shaky starting staff gets hurt. Cessa and Green join Bryan Mitchell as reserve options.
While the two additions could help against injury and might have potential, Cashman has not yet found his next Nathan Eovaldi this winter. He is still on the lookout to bring in more major league-ready arms.
That is why, though he likes Miller and Gardner and very well might keep them, those two big chips are still in play.
2. Find an everyday second baseman: This was Cashman's biggest priority of the offseason, even if he acted like he was prepared to go with Rob Refsnyder and Dustin Ackley. The Yankees had questions about both Refsnyder and Ackley's defense, and their offense is not guaranteed.
Starlin Castro is 25 and a three-time All-Star. That is pretty impressive. There are some questions about how he plays the game, but it is worth the risk considering his contract is reasonable and the Yankees gave up the solid but unspectacular Adam Warren and a spare part in Brendan Ryan.
Castro, like outfielder Aaron Hicks, is a young, athletic guy. There is risk with the Castro move, but there is plenty of potential reward.
3. Beef up the bullpen: The Yankees have not done that yet. In fact, with Wilson going to Detroit, the opposite is true.
Cashman is likely not done in this area, so stay tuned.
4. Look for cost-effective ways to improve the team. Cashman did this to the point where many at the Opryland hotel were saying, "The Yankees aren't the Yankees." When Cashman traded Wilson, he said Wilson was going into his "money-making years," because he is arbitration-eligible. This sounded very un-Yankee-like.
That said, the Yankees were budget conscious at the meetings, with the money going out in Warren, Ryan and Wilson basically washing with Castro's nearly $8 million for next year.
5. Show patience: Cashman is a master of it. The Cubs first wanted Gardner, but Cashman said no and stuck to it. When they lowered their demands to Warren and Ryan, Cashman agreed to the trade.
Cashman has been doing his job a long time and knows how to play the game. You may not agree with his moves, but you can't disagree that he understands how the industry operates.
He has accomplished a lot, but he has more to do.