Brian Cashman mum on Yankees’ potential pursuit of Bryce Harper in 2018
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wisely sidestepped an inquiry during a fan forum about the impressive free agent class slated to arrive following the 2018 season.
A fan at the event held Tuesday night at the Times Square Hard Rock Cafe asked specifically is the Yankees will pursue the likes of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
Smiling — and showing awareness of how any comment about a particular player would run afoul of Major League Baseball’s tampering rules, Cashman joked, “You trying to get me suspended?”
With the likes of Harper and Machado, among others, set to be on the market, prevailing wisdom suggests the Yankees have positioned themselves to make a run at one of the top free agents, just like the team used to do once upon a time.
And while Cashman refrained from discussing any potential player specifically, he did provide a glimpse at what the Yankees may have planned for 2018, mentioning that the team has cleared a lot of payroll in the past few seasons.
“So at the end of the day we are going to be in a position to do a number of things, and maybe we can turn the clock back to be big-game hunters that we have been accustomed to being,” Cashman said, via NJ.com.
The Yankees have amassed a considerable amount of talent in its farm system, as Cashman pointed out by citing how Gary Sanchez late last season highlighted the fruits of the labor in that department, while making the argument some of those prospects might be able to fill holes in the roster in the next few years.
Still, Harper obviously makes for an interesting case as it concerns the Yankees. It’s a well-known fact the Washington Nationals slugger has long dreamed of putting on the pinstripes. Harper and the Nationals avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 2017 salary of $13,625,000. He has one more eligible year of arbitration next season.
After that, though? Anything and everything is possible, even if the Yankees fail to land Harper. But it’s not like Cashman is about to say anything about anyone right now.