11/30/12 2:15 PM ET
GM has no doubts about Jeter's conditioning
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Cashman said that he had seen the photographs in Friday's New York Post, in which the 37-year-old shortstop wore a protective boot while walking through South Beach in Miami and appeared to have put on some pounds. The Post's back-page headline was "Derek Eater."
"I saw that the picture said he's heavy," Cashman said. "I can't tell you he's heavy. Even if he was, I'm not worried about Derek Jeter in that capacity in any way, because you're not going to find anybody more committed to being the best that he can be than Derek Jeter."
Cashman said Jeter had a recent checkup in North Carolina and that the Yankees were told his recovery from the Oct. 20 procedure is going well and at no time was Jeter's weight mentioned.
The 38-year-old Jeter fractured his ankle in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers, and he has been instructed to do nothing but rest at this time.
At the time of the operation, the Yankees were told it would take four to five months for Jeter to completely heal. He is expected to begin workouts in January.
"He's going to be ready for us by Opening Day," Cashman said. "He'll be a restricted player early in camp, but all indications are very strong for a full and healthy recovery. He just has to wait it out, that's all."
Cashman content with makeup of Yanks' bullpen
NEW YORK -- The Yankees have several pressing orders of business this offseason, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Friday morning that adding another bullpen arm does not appear to be among them.
Of course, that didn't stop Cashman and the Yankees from claiming right-hander Jim Miller on waivers from the Athletics later in the day. Miller, 30, was 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 33 relief appearances over four stints with the A's this year, and has been added to New York's 40-man roster.
Miller might have a chance to make the team this spring, but as the Yankees looked forward to completing their $10 million agreement with closer Mariano Rivera, Cashman said that seeking additional relief help wouldn't occupy much of his time this offseason.
"On top of Mariano? I don't think that's necessary," Cashman said. "I'm not opposed to it, but it's not on the need list."
That likely means that Rafael Soriano, who opted out of his contract after securing 42 of 46 saves in Rivera's absence this past season, will not return in 2013. The Yankees also seem primed to pass on former Royals closer Joakim Soria, who expressed some interest in setting up for Rivera.
"If we get something added to the bullpen, it would be something that presented itself that made too much sense in the marketplace, whether it's trade or free agency or what have you," Cashman said. "It wouldn't make much sense, given the team needs and the remaining dollars that we have."
The Yankees are hoping to find a replacement for right fielder Nick Swisher, and they told catcher Russell Martin that they didn't have enough cash to discuss a contract before he agreed to a two-year, $17 million pact with the Pirates. The club is also interested in bench help.
New York's bullpen figures to include David Robertson as Rivera's primary setup man, while David Aardsma, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan could play prominent roles. Cashman also named Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada as players who filled important needs for the 2012 club.
"In terms of strength of roster and trying to address your areas of weakness, that's not an area of weakness, in theory -- especially compared to certain other aspects of the club," Cashman said.
Yankees Triple-A skipper Miley honored
NEW YORK -- Dave Miley, the manager of the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, has been named Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year.
Miley, who will return to pilot the re-branded Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders in 2013, also took International League Manager of the Year honors for his second time in a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre uniform.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre played its entire season without a true home stadium while PNC Field in Moosic, Pa., underwent a $43.3 million reconstruction project, but Miley still managed to guide his club to the league's second-best record at 84-60.
In 23 seasons as a Minor League manager, the 50-year-old Miley owns a record of 1,973-1,610 (.551).