Brian Cashman wasn’t exactly caught off guard when the Padres landed Juan Soto, the MLB trade deadline’s biggest prize.
He seemed even less surprised that his Yankees weren’t really in the running to land the 23-year-old superstar.
“Nothing coming out of the Washington operation suggested that his best match was coming our way,” Cashman said on “Carton & Roberts” on Thursday. “I would take that as last year when [Max] Scherzer and [Trea] Turner got dealt to the Dodgers … [Natioanls GM Mike]Rizzo was a former Scouting Director. He knows what he likes and where he will be most comfortable. However, his heart and eyes were set on other places.
“San Diego or St. Louis were the likeliest spots I think, and we were able to determine we weren’t as much of a match for them as other places,” Cashman said. “That’s what all the noise was about and there was no surprise when he landed in San Diego.”
Along with the Mets and the Yankees, Soto was a couple of early suitors.
Cashman was involved in talks for Angels slugger/pitcher Shohei Ohtani as well, according to The Post’s Jon Heyman, though no deal materialized for the historic player.
“I can’t answer that directly, but I engaged 29 teams at all levels for what was in play, and even some guys who may not have been in play,” Cashman said. “That’s the nature of the beast. We made many moves to improve our roster. There are so many conversations and failed efforts on a lot of platforms.”
In the end, the Yankees did not match the Padres’ offer of C.J. Jarlin Suzana, MacKenzie Gore III. Robert Hassell III. James Wood. Jarlin Susana. Cashman escaped the trade deadline without dealing any of the organization’s top prospects in Anthony Volpe, Jasson Dominguez, Austin Wells, Trey Sweeney and Oswald Peraza.
Despite not landing Ohtani or Soto, the Yankees GM upgraded his roster by adding outfielders Andrew Benintendi, Lou Trivino and Scott Effross to the lineup, as well as Harrison Bader and relievers Scott Effross to the team. He also traded away Joey Gallo, a struggling slugger.
“Obviously, it’s the last chance to do what you could to improve the club and attack areas of weakness,” Cashman said. “Clearly we had some areas that started to creep up on us, like with devastating injuries to our bullpen. The bullpen started to look radically different because of this.
“Approaching the deadline, we’re trying to improve upon choices for our manager, and you want to make sure you have legit choices. We wanted to move one of the high-end starters, but very few were moved during the rotation. And then trying to relocate Joey Gallo, who just wasn’t working here, and replacing him with an alternative, which was Andrew Benintendi.”
Source: NY Post