Cashman not optimistic about Washburn

July, 27, 2008
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, in Cooperstown, N.Y., to watch the induction ceremonies for Goose Gossage and Dick Williams, didn't sound like a man who's optimistic about making another significant trade before the deadline. The Yankees have been linked to Seattle's Jarrod Washburn, but ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney now reports that the talks have stalled.

"I can only speak about the players on my team,'' Cashman said. "We've got a 25-man roster and hopefully an army of prospects behind them that we're prepared to go with right now. Unless something makes sense outside of our organization that's fair for both sides, we're going with what we've got.

"In general, I approach it that I'm never optimistic until I get a 'yes.' It's so hard to find matches with anybody in the game where you can get fair value on both sides. I'll stay engaged with everybody that's open for business. We just hope that the guys we have are healthy, continue to perform and, in the end, are good enough.''

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer


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