CHICAGO - For Yankees fans angry that he didn't get more done by Friday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, Brian Cashman offered a consolation prize.
Top pitching prospect Luis Severino, a 21-year-old righthander whom fans have been clamoring to see for more than a year, will make his major- league debut during next week's home series against Boston, the general manager said.
"The plan was always if everything went well and if we needed Severino to be in the big leagues in 2015, that we were going to manage his innings early on so that would be OK," he said. "But only if we needed it. And only if he earned it. Well, he's earned it, and we need it."
"He's got a big arm," Joe Girardi said. "What I saw in spring training, and I know it wasn't a ton of innings, but there was no fear there."
Severino has starred since being promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from Double-A Trenton, going 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 11 starts. In his most recent start, he allowed one hit and no walks and struck out 10 in six shutout innings against Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. He has held Triple-A opponents to a .184 batting average and has a 0.93 WHIP.
If Severino sticks with the Yankees, he will not have an innings limit, Cashman said.
Cashman, who had only utilityman Dustin Ackley to show for his efforts before the deadline, said he was never "close" on any other deals.
It was not for lack of trying. Ultimately, however, Cashman, with the full backing of managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, felt no deal was worth the high cost involved.
And that cost, at least for the big-ticket pitchers such as Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels and David Price, would have been at least one of the Yankees' top prospects: Severino, outfielder Aaron Judge, first baseman Greg Bird and, to a lesser extent, shortstop Jorge Mateo, a 20-year-old currently with Class A Charleston.
And so the AL East-leading Yankees, for now, are rolling the dice that they can hold on to the six-game lead they took into Friday night and hold off the Blue Jays, who acquired Troy Tulowitzki, Price, Mark Lowe and Ben Revere.
"I like the team we have," Cashman said. "I'm doubling down on what we've got. And that's from this current major- league roster that I believe in, as well as the support cast behind it knocking at the door in the minor leagues."