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Yankees GM Brian Cashman happy with the ‘process’

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The New York Yankees came up short once again in 2019, losing to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.

In the wake of another early playoff exit, executives around the league have wondered whether or not New York had enough starting pitching, especially given the success of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals, two teams with excellent rotations.

However, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters–including Marc Carig of The Athletic–that he was satisfied with all of the moves that helped the team win 103 games during the regular season.

“You don’t get everything you want at all times,” Cashman said, breaking from his typical public demeanor when he challenged the premise of the question. “But I think what we’ve done was do a lot of great things along the way. I can sleep at night with the process we have in place, and it’s served us well and put us in position to take a legitimate shot at the championship so far in more recent years, that’s despite some of the options that went elsewhere.”

“You put your best foot forward and you live with it,” Cashman said, “I have no regrets that we have a strong process and we put our best foot forward.”

Cashman did not come up totally empty in the pitching department. He acquired left-hander James Paxton last winter, and his decision to sign the likes of D.J. LeMahieu and Cameron Maybin paid massive dividends for the Yankees in 2019.

The Yankees are expected to pursue a number of arms this winter, including Astros ace Gerrit Cole, who they missed out on in 2018 when they refused to offer Clint Frazier to the Pittsburgh Pirates.