The Yankees envision Pineda competing for a rotation spot next spring, but Cashman noted that Pineda can also be optioned to the Minors. Pineda has not thrown one big league pitch for the Yankees since being acquired from the Mariners prior to the 2012 season.
• Though he acknowledged the possibility that Hiroki Kuroda could retire, play in Japan or even seek a contract from another club in free agency, Cashman said that the Yankees have interest in keeping the veteran right-hander.
"Of course we'd love to have him back, but I don't know what's going to happen," Cashman said. "He did a great job. Obviously, he was our ace this year and regardless, we were really happy we were able to acquire him and hope that we can maintain a relationship with him as a player on this roster next year."
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