The Yankees had pursued Drury for a while, and got him on Feb. 20 in a three-team trade that sent one prospect to Arizona and another to Tampa Bay. They got Walker last week for $4 million, a steal for a reliable switch-hitter with power and a good on-base percentage.
But might the Walker deal hurt the Yankees’ chances of adding a piece at the trading deadline while still staying under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold? Nope, Cashman said. No worries there, either.
“I wouldn’t have done Walker if I didn’t still have powder dry to do stuff,” Cashman said.
Maybe the Yankees’ hitters will strike out too much; Stanton and Judge did combine for 371 strikeouts last season. Then again, they also combined for 111 home runs. The Yankees can live with that.
“It’s a trade-off for our power,” Cashman said, “but I don’t worry about that as long as we’re putting runs on the board.”