The funny thing is Cashman just can’t win with the fans. When he gets the big ticket guy, he is accused of being no more than a check-writer who can’t put together a roster without the Yankees’ financial muscle. When he pulls off deals for lesser role players, Cashman is accused of making dumb moves and ignoring the gaping holes that star players should be filling.
Fans seem to think that the Yankees are sabotaging their chances to win because they are stuck on the upcoming $189 million tax threshold. Does anybody realize that it’s still more money than anybody else is spending? When you build your team around high-priced megastars like A-Rod and Jeter and Teixeira and Sabathia, you have to fill in the rest of your 25-man roster with a little more fiscal responsibility. And when veterans like Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez can be had relatively cheap, and they produce the way that they have this year, it seems the GM deserves a little credit there too.
If prospects need to be dealt, Cashman isn’t afraid to do it. But he isn’t of the mind to purge the system for a marginal short-term upgrade.
Bottom line here is this—the Yankees are always trying to win, but there are times to say no. It’s easy for the average fan to think of the team and each season with a fantasy mentality. In reality, decisions have to be made. You don’t always have to agree with them. But there is a rationale behind them. And there is still a desire to win, even if you don’t believe that to be the case.
Posted: August 01, 2012 at 08:16 AM | 50 comment(s)
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