Yankees GM Brian Cashman is already on the prowl for a starting pitcher he could add to his playoff-contending team. But, Yankee fans, don't worry. Gleyber Torres won't be part of that deal.
After his emergence as one of the top rookies in the MLB this season, Torres has backed up his top ranking among Yankee prospects so far this season. It has only made his trade stock rise higher, and Cashman could certainly use him as the featured player in a blockbuster trade.
But, being that Torres has already established himself a favorite among the Yankee faithful to go along with his superb play, Cashman knows he wouldn't be seeing any friendly encounters on the streets of New York if he sent him packing.
"Come on now," Cashman told Newsday's Erik Boland. "I've got to walk around this city."
Cashman's vow to keep Torres in pinstripes has certainly been said to the 20 teams he has reached out to already as well. The MLB trade deadline may be July 31, but as any good GM would do, Cashman is already exploring the possibilities to add the arm his rotation desperately needs to be considered a favorite come October.
"Certainly swinging around, talking to clubs about what their interest levels are and sharing what our interest levels would be," Cashman said. "It's time to gather all that information. See if we run into anything over time."
Acquiring another quality starter has always been on the Yankees' minds even before the regular season began. Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner admitted this week that the team gave themselves wiggle room financially to go and get a pitcher by the deadline this season.
Cashman was in full agreement with Steinbrenner's decision at the time, and he is doing everything he can to make it come full circle.
"That's always been a focus of ours -- in the winter, in previous years, we're always trying to reinforce that, improve upon it - but time will tell," Cashman said. "But in the meantime, it's great to see what (Domingo) German's come up and done, and hopefully we can get (Masahiro) Tanaka back in a timely matter. But this team has earned the right to get reinforced here if we could possibly find a way. We really like this team we've got and we'd certainly like to make it better if possible."
In the meantime, Cashman will continue watching Domingo German pitch in place of Jordan Montgomery, who is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He also got a look at 23-year-old Jonathan Loaisiga Friday night, and he must have come away impressed with the rookie's five scoreless innings in his big league debut.
So, while the Yankees continue to win despite a modest rotation, Cashman will continue to live with his phone on his ear as he hopes to land his coveted starter.