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“We will be aggressive when we want to be, under the right circumstances. But it’s in our best interests to stay as flexible as possible given a lot of reasons and that’s obviously a big one.”

Shortstop Derek Jeter will enter the final year of a three-year contract that was finalized before Cashman’s first appearance at this event in December 2010. Jeter is recovering from a broken left ankle suffered in Game 1 of the ALCS, and Cashman said the healing process is going well.

Even still, Jeter cannot work out until January.

“He had a checkup a few weeks ago in North Carolina and everything is going really well,” Cashman said. “He’s going to be ready for us by opening day. He’ll be a restricted player early in camp but all indications are very strong for a healthy recovery.”