Brian Cashman
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman already knows his next move after trading for Edwin Encarnacion. 

It looks like Brian Cashman isn’t done improving the overall roster.

Per Dan Martin of the New York Post, the New York Yankees general manager has more tricks up his sleeve and is already aware of his next move. Cashman ultimately wants to make it a priority to focus on the Yankees rotation.

“We worry about the pitching and will continue to reinforce it to the best of our abilities,” Cashman said Monday. “Obviously, when we entered the season, our two strengths were our bullpen and our offense. And that’s still the case. It’s our job to reinforce that rotation.”

Despite the Yankees leading the AL East division by 1.5 games, the four-man pitching rotation has performed average thus far. Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, J.A. Happ and C.C. Sabathia have combined for a record of 18-15 with an average ERA of 4.06.

The Bombers have their big bats, most of which will return to the lineup in the coming weeks. They just need an improved rotation to be a more dominant team in the American League.

“We’re gonna try to upgrade the pitching-side and that may or may not happen over time,” Cashman said.

“I can’t predict what’s gonna happen as we move forward to July 31,” Cashman said regarding the trade deadline. “We’ll stay at it and see where it takes us.”

The Yankees will be in prime position when October rolls around if they consistently keep winning games. The final two games of this three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays are huge, due to the fact that the Rays aren’t far behind in second place.

After that, the Yankees will host a four-game series against the Houston Astros, followed by a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays to finish out the homestand.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.