During the winter, the Dodgers usurped the Yankees as the game’s premier spenders. Cashman appears more than willing to cede that title. The Yankees will never feel like underdogs, he said. But they can adopt their rhetoric.
“Look at Vietnam,” he said. “The biggest payroll didn’t win there, either.”
...Starting under Gene Michael’s guidance in the early 1990s, the Yankees built a juggernaut, holding sway for nearly two decades. When promising starter Michael Pineda underwent career-altering shoulder surgery last year, a reporter mentioned the team’s bad fortune to a competitive executive. “I like Cash,” the executive said. “He does a great job. But it’s going to take a lot for me to feel sorry for him.”
“Listen, we’ve had our fair share of success,” Cashman said. “So we’ve developed a great deal of enemies along the way that want nothing but to beat our brains out.”
...Like Hal Steinnbrenner, Cashman chafes at the idea his team has become cheap. He framed their behavior as a product of prudence, not poverty, and of making “good, efficient, sound, baseball decisions.” Both Cashman and Steinbrenner have referenced the high prices paid on one-year deals for players like Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and Kevin Youkilis.
“I would not have participated in the Greinke or Hamilton signings,” Cashman said. “Whether that ($189 million) restriction was in place, or not.”
In turn, Cashman laughed off the notion that the Yankees needed to reclaim their spending crown from the Dodgers.
“My job,” he said, “is to put a team out there that wins for the least amount of money possible.”
Yet, of course, there is the specter of The Boss.
“But I said ‘win’ first.”
Posted: March 24, 2013 at 07:33 AM | 52 comment(s)
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