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11.11.2015 04:59
Girardi says trades possible antworten

With the New York Yankees locked into players at Garrett Grayson Jerseymost positions, trades are a possibility.

''I think we're always trying to figure out ways to improve the club and sometimes it's not necessarily through the free-agent route,'' manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday. ''It can be through trade routes, and we had some success in the trades that we made last year.''

On a chilly, rainy morning, Girardi was thinking ahead to spring training and the pursuit of the team's first title since 2009.

''Obviously I like the guys on our club and I love how hard they played last year for us, but the goal is to win and to win a World Series,'' Girardi said. ''I think when you talk about that, you've got to look at every avenue you can to improve your club.''

Girardi was at Yankee Stadium to assist about 300 volunteers assembling United Service Organizations care for American servicemen and servicewomen. He echoed comments made by general manager Brian Cashman, who said he is willing to deal in order to improve a team that lost to Houston in the AL wild-card game.

''I don't have anybody who's untouchable. Some guys are more touchable than others, but I am legitimately really open to any idea,'' Cashman said at the general manager's meetings in Boca Raton, Florida.

Even closer Andrew Miller and the bullpen could be discussed in trade talk.

''Yes, that was the strength of our club,'' Girardi said. ''Those guys pitched extremely well and were dominant, and if we had the lead after six Brandon Linder Jerseyinnings we won ballgames, but if we feel that it will improve our club I'm sure we'll try to make a deal.''

After wasting a seven-game AL East lead and faltering when first baseman Mark Teixeira broke a leg, New York finished six games behind Toronto - the largest blown lead in Yankees history. Girardi stressed the importance of an AL East title.

''I never said let's just get in,'' Girardi explained. ''I really wanted to win our division because there's too many things that can go wrong in a one-game playoff. That's the problem.''

Entering his ninth season as Yankees manager and the third season of $16 million, four-year contract, Girardi noted the importance of balancing his batting order.

''Obviously we had switch-hitters in the lineup,'' he said. ''We lost a big one in Tex down the stretch and that was something that hurt us against left-handed pitching, but I think a right-handed bat can help.''

New York's most obvious place to upgrade is second base, where switch-hitting Ben Zobrist and right-handed-hitting Howie Kendrick are available as free agents. Midsummer acquisition Dustin Ackley and rookies Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela are the top holdovers.

''We're just going to have to see how the roster shakes out,'' Girardi said. ''I thought Ref did a pretty decent job at the end of the year for us, especially when he didn't play for 18 or 19 days which was really pretty amazing, so let's just see how the offseason goes and we'll go from there.''

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