Brian Cashman Newsbeat
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Andrew Friedman is not going anywhere.
And what if the Dodgers, with their $300 million payroll, somehow miss the postseason — or if they somehow don’t make it out of the first round despite having Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke pitching Games 1 & 2? If either happens, Don Mattingly will most surely be fired as manager, but president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman will also have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Like why, with all his money and prospect resources, didn’t he adequately address the Dodgers’ biggest needs at the deadline — a frontline starting pitcher a la Price or Hamels, and bullpen help for closer Kenley Jansen, instead settling for mediocrities in Alex Wood, Mat Latos and Jim Johnson? And why didn’t he send struggling rookie Joc Pederson back to Triple-A to work on making hitting adjustments and regaining his confidence instead of continuing to force-feed him, hopelessly overmatched, in the majors? And lastly, what was he thinking giving oft-injured Brandon McCarthy four years and $48 million last winter, and why is $87.5 million of that $300M payroll being paid to guys who no longer play for the Dodgers?
Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
Friday, August 21, 2015
I hope he doesn’t ask the same thing before settling on the appropriate gift basket.
The story, written by S.L. Price, says that in one of their final face-to-face meetings, Jeter asked the GM, “Who would you rather have playing shortstop this year than me?”
Cashman replied, “Do you really want me to answer that?” Given the go-ahead, Cashman named Tulowitzki, then a star with the Colorado Rockies, and was prepared to rattle off a list of others, the story said. Cashman also added, “We’re not paying extra money for popularity. We’re paying for performance.”
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.’‘
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