LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As he walks the hallways of his first Winter Meetings as a big league manager, Aaron Boone said that he has been impressed by the efficiency that takes place behind the scenes in the Yankees' suites, where general manager Brian Cashman and his assistants are hard at work trying to upgrade the roster for the 2018 season.
"I think what's really stood out to me through this process and something that's exciting to me is, for being the New York Yankees, this is a very cohesive, stable situation," Boone said on Tuesday. "There's a lot of continuity within our front office right now, and I've gotten an inside look at it now these last few days."
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Boone said that he has been offered his opinions while the club has grabbed headlines through the first two days of the jewel event, completing significant trades on each afternoon, but the 44-year-old rookie skipper has also been doing a lot of listening.
"One thing I'm learning these last few days is, there's a lot of smart people in that room," Boone said. "Frankly, it's been something that has been a lot of fun for me to be in these conversations in these rooms. I feel like it helps you grow in your knowledge of the game."
On the afternoon that Boone was introduced as the Yankees' manager last week, Giancarlo Stanton was still a member of the Marlins, who had separate trade agreements in place to ship the reigning National League MVP to the Cardinals or Giants. Boone's infield on that day included Starlin Castro and Chase Headley, and that all has now changed.
"Sure, that catches you off guard, but you also understand it's the New York Yankees," Boone said. "We're going to do all we can to continue to improve the club. I know we're still working hard up in that room to try and tinker here and there, where we can to try and improve this team so we have a chance to play with the big boys this year."
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While Cashman continues to seek starting pitching, the Yankees may move in free agency or the trade market to bolster their infield at second base or third base. A reunion with Todd Frazier remains possible, as Cashman said that he has made contact with the third baseman's agent, Brodie Van Wagenen.
"I'm a big fan of who he is as a player and who he is as a person," Boone said of Frazier.
Boone said that he is comfortable with the in-house infield options that exist to fill out his lineup, specifically mentioning that he is looking forward to watching top prospect Gleyber Torres in the spring.