Brian Cashman Newsbeat
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Beleaguered? First, the season is just about two weeks old. Second, the team isn’t very good. It has a lot of old high-priced players. The team needs to take a step back for a season or two.
Maybe 11 days on the road, far away from the media glare of New York and the growing “De-rek Je-ter!” fan derision at Yankee Stadium, will cure Didi Gregorius of the yips and help cleanse his brain before he returns home to a three-game series against ... gulp ... the Mets! And at least perhaps Brian Cashman’s potential worst nightmare was avoided when Shane Greene, with a 0.00 ERA for his first two starts, pitches Sunday instead of against the Yankees in Detroit next week.
Certainly, the first two weeks of the baseball season have not been kind to the beleagured Yankee GM, nor have they boded well for a team he designed to end the empty postseason streak at two, as well as maintain city supremacy over the Met Menace. Starting with the three-team Greene-for-Gregorius trade, none of Cashman’s offseason moves have born early fruit, which is why the Yankees are where they are. The vaunted “power arm bullpen,” with the exception of Andrew Miller, has so far been decidedly “un-Royals-like.” With the exception of one shocking game-winning grand slam in Baltimore and a Trop Shot in the Yankees’ win over the Rays Friday night, Stephen Drew (.167 AVG through Friday) has shown himself to be a decidely inferior option to Martin Prado as an out-of-position second baseman. And though the Yankee spin is that Nathan Eovaldi pitched all right in his first two outings, the bottom line is the most hittable pitcher in baseball last year has allowed 20 baserunners in 10.1 innings and reminded too many people of Kyle Farnsworth.
Posted: April 19, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 28 comment(s)
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Tomorrow, Cashman will tell ESPNNewYork.com that he’s recommending that no one play SS right away….
“I think Derek did it as well as anyone can,’’ Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. “He wore it well, and I’m not a big advocate of giving out the captaincy anyway. I’m not going to recommend anyone being named captain of the New York Yankees right away.’‘
Earlier in the day, Cashman had said on ESPN New York Radio 98.7 FM that he did not see a viable candidate in the Yankees clubhouse to succeed Jeter as the 16th captain in team history, a list that includes Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Thurman Munson and Don Mattingly.
“And that’s not disrespectful of any of the guys I have here that have a lot of leadership,’’ Cashman said. “As far as I’m concerned, and I’m not the decision-maker on this, that captaincy should be retired with No. 2. I wouldn’t give up another captain title to anybody else.’‘
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Yankees were already good — heck, they had already won a World Series — when Brian Cashman took over. They had Jeter and Mo and all of those guys and more money than God. It’d be harder, under those circumstances, to lose than it would be to win, right?
On a related note, is Luis Sojo the 21st-greatest Yankee player of all time?
Friday, November 21, 2014
Raising $ for homeless youth, searching for a SS ... at the same time!
For the fifth consecutive year, the New York Yankees general manager planned to sleep outside in the blustery West 41st Street courtyard of Covenant House as part of an annual nationwide event to raise money to benefit homeless children and adolescents.
“I don’t know how any human beings can deal with this on a daily, weekly, monthly basis,” Cashman said. “There’s no comfort on that ground. Even one night is terrible. With all the elements, with nature. It’s not right. No one should have to live like that.”
Along with dozens of other participants, Cashman was heading out to his concrete bed with just a sleeping bag and his arm for a pillow. “The first year, I didn’t get a wink of sleep,” he said. “But after Year 1, I brought a sleeping pill with me. I don’t know if that’s cheating or not.”
Cashman, did, however, have a cell phone, his lifeline to the rest of the baseball world. And he did admit that in past years, he has taken calls from agents and even proposed a trade or two.
But Cashman, citing collective bargaining agreement rules prohibiting GMs from discussing free-agent negotiations, could offer no specifics on what he might be able to get done from his chosen spot on the cold pavement. So far this winter, the Yankees have traded Francisco Cervelli for pitcher Justin Wilson, sold the rights to Zelous Wheeler to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, Masahiro Tanaka’s former club, and added four minor leaguers—outfielders Tyler Austin and Mason Williams and right-handers Danny Burawa and Branden Pinder—to the 40-man roster.
Other than that, all quiet on the free-agent front.
“Lots of calls, lots of texts, but nothing to show for it yet,” he said. “It’s certainly taking its time, but it’s been busy. Certainly a lot of conversations. Hopefully they’ll lead somewhere positive.”
Posted: November 21, 2014 at 02:14 PM | 25 comment(s)
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