Brian Cashman’s busy Friday included preparation for rappel down 22-story building

Mark Townsend
December 8, 2013

Seemingly unfazed by the potential losses of free agents Robinson Cano — who later agreed to a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners — and Curtis Granderson — who bolted from the Bronx to Queens to join the New York Mets— Yankees general manager Brian Cashman calmly answered questions while standing atop The Landmark Building, which is one of Stamford, CT’s tallest structures, on Friday morning.

"Everybody is replaceable. That's a team concept. Some people are harder to replace than others, no doubt about it,” Cashman said while standing 22 stories above ground.

"I don't think anybody would have the attitude that anybody is going to make or break your future, but you certainly can invest for good reason into players that can try to make your future brighter. That's what we're trying to do with Robbie, amongst others."

Moments after those straight forward remarks, Cashman, along with former Rangers, Mets and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and FOX News Channel Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth, rappelled down the side of the building in preparation for their annual stunt that will be a featured part of the city's 'Heights and Lights' festival on Sunday night.

If you missed last year’s rappel, here’s a look back.

Yes, they were most certainly dressed as elves and will be again this year!

Once on the ground on Friday, Cashman went back to work with the knowledge that Cano was on his way out of New York and he still had multiple needs he wanted to fill.

That may or may not have happened. What we know without any doubt is Cashman finalized deals with starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and infielder Kelly Johnson in the afternoon, and then capped his eventful day by agreeing on a three-year, $45 million deal with outfielder Carlos Beltran.

From there we assume he went to bed feeling pretty content — or at least content enough to remain quiet on Saturday. Odds are Sunday will be much the same, but given how crazy this offseason has been we can't rule out the possibility of a deal being struck around the 11th floor on his descent.

Regardless, once Cashman's feet touch the ground this time he'll be packing his bags for the winter meetings in Orlando. Once there, he figures to be one of the busiest men inside the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, which seems like a much safer gameplan than hanging around outside the building.

By the way, Big League Stew will have the winter meetings covered wall-to-wall beginning on Monday. Be sure to check in with us frequently to find out what Cashman and the other 29 general managers are up to.

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