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Yankees GM Brian Cashman defends his decision to not sign Manny Machado | SNY

Clearly Hal Steinbrenner is not as obsessed with winning as his father, but it’s true that developments such as luxury-tax penalties, revenue-sharing, and capped spending on amateur talent via the draft and the international market all have made it more difficult for the Yankees to flex their financial muscle.

“Those days are gone,” Cashman said. “The system now is completely different from what The Boss had free reign on, and most of the preventative measures are because of George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees. The game now rewards—and reward might not be the right word—but it rewards losing. It drags teams that are struggling back up into the winning environment, and penalizes teams that have been winning by pushing them back.

“We’re real proud that we haven’t been dragged down yet. We’re doing as many counter-measures to that as we possibly can. But you can’t have every great player. We’re still spending a ton of money.”

Cashman went on to defend the state of the Yankees’ farm system and the ongoing effort to develop home-grown players, and when the questions finally stopped, he said, “I haven’t talked this long in a long time.”

Bottom line, he clearly felt it was important to defend the decision not to sign Machado. And while he made some legitimate points, two of his words are sure to be remembered most if the Yankees don’t win big in 2019.

“Judge me,” Cashman said.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2019 at 03:05 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Yankees GM says ‘you can’t have’em all’ after not signing Manny Machado

When a major free agent hits the open market, it’s always anticipated that the New York Yankees will emerge as a primary suitor. It’s an expectation that never really changes, regardless of who the free agent is, how large the Yankees payroll is, or what the team’s actual needs might be.

So when an elite infielder like Manny Machado, who’s already a four-time All-Star, who’s still only 26 years old with his prime years ahead of him, and who’s desire to play for the Yankees seemed clear, everyone waited to see how aggressive general manager Brian Cashman would be.

And then they kept waiting… and waiting… and waiting, only to learn after Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300 million with the San Diego Padres that the Yankees never formally made an offer.

On the bright side, the Marlins are rapidly becoming a farm club for the Yankees, so there’s that…

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 04:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, manny machado, yankees




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