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Cashman begins task of improving ‘great’ team

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NEW YORK — Brian Cashman occupied the chair at the front of the Yankees’ press conference room for 42 minutes on Thursday afternoon, then passed the microphone to Aaron Boone, whose postmortem remarks recapping the 2019 season lasted 23 minutes.

It was an appropriate allocation: With the offseason underway at Yankee Stadium, the manager’s work is largely complete. The next several months will belong to the general manager and his staff, and when Cashman makes his recommendations to ownership, he says that he plans to be blunt in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a roster that fell six victories shy of its objective.

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“I am not afraid to admit this was a great team,” Cashman said. “I’m not afraid to acknowledge that we went up against a great team in Houston. I think it’s very important not to get emotional. It’s very important to be reflective on areas that you can get better at, and be objective and acknowledge the areas that you’ve been really good at and excel at.

“I can just tell you that I’m proud of all of the personnel we have and what we’ve done to put ourselves in a position to take our shot. I’m disappointed that, at least in 2019, it wasn’t enough.”

Which players are free agents? The Yankees’ potential free agents include: right-hander Dellin Betances, outfielder Brett Gardner, right-hander Cory Gearrin, shortstop Didi Gregorius, outfielder Cameron Maybin and catcher Austin Romine.

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