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Brian Cashman still trying to make a deal for Yankees

Brian Cashman answers questions concerning third baseman

Brian Cashman answers questions concerning third baseman Alex Rodriguez at the baseball winter meetings. (Dec. 3, 2012) Credit: AP

ARLINGTON, Texas - Brian Cashman has been working for weeks trying to improve his club, but when the 4 p.m. trade deadline arrives this afternoon the Yankees general manager might not have much more to show for his efforts.

"Not necessarily," Joe Girardi said, asked if he expects any new faces in the clubhouse Friday night when the Yankee start a three-game series at Fenway Park against the Red Sox.

Cashman has added Brandon McCarthy, Chris Capuano and Chase Headley. If something happens it will be a minor deal, especially because managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner isn't enthusiastic about adding to a $200 million-plus payroll.

One addition after the deadline could be Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, with whom the Yankees have scheduled a private workout next week in Tampa. But as speculation mounts the 27-year-old could get close to Yoenis Cespedes money (four years, $36 million), one insider said he doesn't expect the Yankees to "go crazy" with an offer. As one opposing team talent evaluator said: "He looks like he could be an everyday big leaguer . . . but an All-Star? ? No, I don't think so."


Roberts sore . . .

Girardi said he planned to rest Brian Roberts the next two nights because the second baseman was "beat up." Roberts didn't dispute that evaluation in the afternoon but made something clear.

"I don't know if there's anybody who's ever not tired in August," Roberts, 36, said. "I certainly didn't walk in and tell him I was tired and needed days off. It's his decision. That's why managers do what they do. I said, 'whatever you want to do is fine.' "


Bush honors JeterBefore the game Derek Jeter was presented with a framed photo from former President George W. Bush. "That's a pretty special feeling. That's definitely a memory I'll have for a long time and I'll be able to brag to a lot of different people," Jeter said. "It's an experience. This is something . . . that's a gift within itself. Like I said, not too many people can say that they've had the president come out and honor them during a ceremony. It meant a lot to me."


Ichiro sits


Despite Ichiro Suzuki's good career numbers against Rangers starter Colby Lewis -- 19-for-53 (.358) -- the veteran outfielder sat, with the switch-hitting Zoilo Almonte taking his place in right. "We have some age on our taem and you feel you have to manage it," Girardi said. In his previous 13 games, Ichiro was 3-for-38 (.079).

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