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Yankees GM Brian Cashman not ready to say team is improved

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is not ready to say the team has improved this offseason, worrying New York fans.

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addressed the media on Friday, introducing recent acquisition Kevin Youkilis to reporters and fans.

His quotes about the Yankees, however, have people concerned about the Yankees future.

Pitchers and catchers report two months from now, and many of the top available players on the market are starting to sign with other teams. The Yankees have yet to make a big splash, instead choosing to re-sign most of their veteran players.

Cashman spoke to the media about New York's off-season so far, stating:

"I think it's too early to say that we've gotten better or not. Last year this team won 95 games and we had a ton of injuries. We're still putting the team together for 2013. So I'm not in the position to honestly do a comparison yet. ... Obviously we need to finalize and finish off, bring another outfielder into play here. ... We've got more work to do. The bottom line is, tomorrow's not Opening Day.

Cashman also reminded the media that key players have been added in January or later in past offseasons, but fans are still concerned that the team seems content play with the same team this season after failing to reach the World Series last season.

Besides the addition of Youkilis, the team has re-signed Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda, and appear poised to re-sign Ichiro Suzuki.