TAMPA, Fla. - When it comes to looking for rotation help, Brian Cashman doesn't see anything major happening between now and June. "Can't rule it out, but it's highly unlikely," he said before Friday night's 5-3 loss to Boston. "Normally, anything of quality doesn't become available until after the June draft.
"We hopefully have the answers here in front of us. We'll have to find out over time. But there's some competition. We believe we have a lot of people that are capable and we're hoping they're up for the challenge."
He said that even after getting spurned by Cliff Lee, it wasn't difficult to not make a deal. "I think what's harder is showing the discipline and patience not to just jump in because you didn't get the big-ticket item you were going for, which was obviously Cliff Lee," he said. "That, to me, was a time that was ripe for you to make a big mistake by reacting and then overpaying."
Swing and a miss
Rafael Soriano threw live batting practice Friday, and in 20 pitches, he got 11 swings and eight misses. "He was good, real good," Girardi said. "Probably as many swings and misses in a batting-practice session as I've ever seen. And this is where guys know what's coming."
Cashman said Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos, Andrew Brackman, Eric Chavez and Eduardo Nuñez are among those who have impressed him. "I haven't really seen anything that's been disappointing, to be honest," he said . . . Bartolo Colon made his second exhibition start and allowed no runs and two hits in three innings. Banuelos allowed one hit in two scoreless innings, striking out three and hitting 96 mph . . . Alex Rodriguez had two hits, raising his average to .500 (5-for-10) . . . Russell Martin started at catcher for the first time and went 0-for-3. He said his right knee felt good.