• Where’s Brian Cashman?

    Posted by on June 25th, 2007 · Comments (10)

    Is it just me, or, is Cashman being too quiet this past week?

    At some point, yesterday, or today, should he not come out of hiding with a statement saying that the current state of the Yankees is unacceptable? Don’t you want to hear that from the man in charge of a team with a payroll near $200 million and a sub-.500 record at this point in the season? Or, on the other hand, should he at least come out and say that he’s confident that the team will turn this around?

    Bottom line, should he not be saying something at this point? Isn’t that what leadership and accountability are all about – standing up in front of everyone when things are not going so well and being willing to talk about it?

    Eh, maybe it’s just me?

    Comments on Where’s Brian Cashman?

    1. RICH
      June 25th, 2007 | 8:53 am

      Just speaking for myself but I don’t care if he comes out with a statement. Would that change anything? What’s to be gained? Obsessed people will then review every word of a statement as they used to when Mao was still alive.

      I’m surprised at you Steve. In the past you wanted every Yankee to spend 36 hours a day on resolving problems real and imagined. If Cashman takes one second working on a statement it will be that much less time available.

      What would YOU like the statement to be?

    2. June 25th, 2007 | 9:14 am

      ~~~What would YOU like the statement to be?~~~

      “We’re a better team than our record shows. This is unacceptable. We plan on taking whatever steps are needed to correct this situation – and realize that we need to act quickly. As the person who put this team together, I accept full charge for our current state of affairs and for the task of getting us where we expect to be, given the resources that have gone into putting this team together.”

      …something like that.

    3. rbj
      June 25th, 2007 | 9:27 am

      Sounds like Burhle & a bunch of other White Sox may be up for trade. Any thoughts on who should get swapped, and for whom?

    4. June 25th, 2007 | 9:33 am

      Not sure that the Sox are a match. They’re a team with issues too.

    5. JohnnyC
      June 25th, 2007 | 9:44 am

      I’m not interested in Buehrle but someone might want his “veteran-ness” and ability to eat up innings (not necessarily quality innings). And Dye for Abreu might be a good short-term quick fix (righty power bat, o.k. glove, better arm). I could see Torre wanting this deal. But, taking the longterm view, I wouldn’t make deals that give up even second-tier prospects to either a)try to win the division or b) massage Torre’s ego in his final season. This is a team that, regardless of whether we make the playoffs this year, is in need of an overhaul of youth and talent, not to mention management.

    6. June 25th, 2007 | 10:06 am

      ~~~This is a team that, regardless of whether we make the playoffs this year, is in need of an overhaul of youth and talent, not to mention management.~~~

      Agreed. I would even look into, if things continue downhill for the next two weeks, seeing if you could deal someone like Mussina to a contender for a prospect, Double-A or above, at 3B, 1B, or C….ditto everyone in the pen sans Mo and Proctor. Abreu as well.

    7. Santino53
      June 25th, 2007 | 12:03 pm

      There really is not that one trade which can dramatically change the plight of this team so why waste valuable prospects to perpetuate its
      mediocrity and advanced age.
      I would very much like to see the Yanks be sellers at the deadline and begin to right the ship but i am being naive to the needs of the business.Fill the seats is their first priority. The Red Sox can have Buehrle. It’s a bad long term move we are all too familiar with. Let them suffer for a change.
      If we can move Abreu, Farnsworth,Meyers or Mussina as Steve said, amen.

    8. baileywalk
      June 25th, 2007 | 2:09 pm

      If you believe Heyman, the White Sox want Hughes, Kennedy or Chamberlain for Buehrle.

      Actually, Heyman writes “Sources indicate the three names the Sox have sought for Buehrle from the Yankees are Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain,” which makes it sound like they want all three.

      Why would the Yankees even want Buehrle? He’s the left-handed Jon Lieber. Mediocre stuff, throws strikes, works fast, will have a few good games now and again and pitches a lot of innings, but good teams bash him. The Yankees should do whatever they can to get Buehrle on the Red Sox — the Yankees use him as a punching bag. That’s what I don’t get about the Sox’s interest in him. He’s horrible against the Yankees. Put him and Wakefield back-to-back in the rotation and the Yankees will dance a jig.

      I don’t want Dye or Buehrle, and if the price tag is one of those pitchers, the Yankees are truly insane. If they’re willing to part with Ian Kennedy, then surely they can swing a deal for Mark Teixeira.

      Dye has simply been terrible this year. His on-base is under .300 and he’s slugging .422. If they’re going to give something up, I think I’d rather have Adam Dunn.

      Teixeira is the guy they need, but they should stay away from the White Sox.

    9. dereksTeam
      June 25th, 2007 | 4:33 pm

      Kind of hard to envision the Yankees as being sellers. As soon as George realizes what’s up, Cash should bend over and kiss his ass goodbye.

      So that just doesn’t happen. I think what we see is an attempt to fill a couple of positions that they are in desperate need. The bridge to Mariano being one. And a bat to makeup for the inconsistancy of Abreu and the missing Giambi and missing Johnny Damon.

      The season hangs in the balance. We need to go 14 and 3 two or three more times here. Losing one to Colorado and sweeping the Giants would have had us at 19 and 4 which is what I thought we could do. Going one and five against that competition has dropped us back to square one. And there is no accounting for the SAWKS.

      I keep saying Beckett is not going to win 25-30 games this year like the nitwits around here (I live in Boston) expect, but he keeps winning.

      I still don’t think all is lost. Losing Giambi in some ways made us a better team but losing Damon too is far more serious. When Johnny has been on, the whole team works. When he has been off or out, there is some spark missing. Cairo, Nieves and Thompson were never intended to be permanent fixtures in the lineup. We need Teixeira or Ichiro, not this group of dead wood that gets mentioned.

      The power arms bullpen concept is dead. Everytime I look, they’re at 3-0 or 2-1 and someone is waiting for a fast ball over the meaty part of the plate. Vizcaino has come back and I used to feel good about Bruney. We need somebody who can throw strikes. Maybe two somebodies, so Joe doesn’t wear them out in September.

      There is a lot riding on this year. Say we become sellers as some of you want, the corollary to that is we don’t make the wildcard. And that means off with their heads — Cash, Torre gone. And to those of you, like Steve, who say “Great!”, be careful for what you may wish.

      Then I think you have created the scenario for A-rod to say I wanted to join a winner and these guys don’t know their ass from their elbow. The guy is having an incredible season and if they can’t win with THAT, he has every right to leave. Off into the sunset rides the second coming of the Babe for our new stadium. An A-rod less Yankees is inconceivable. Pay him his 30 mill and surround him with a team that wins.

      This isn’t a situation where you blow up the team and “rebuild.” This is the Yankees, not the Marlins. They simply can’t fail in a year that has Arod doing what he is doing and Posada is having a monster year. No, something else happens.

    10. Inconnu
      June 25th, 2007 | 6:10 pm

      What would such an announcement accomplish?

      I would rather he stay behind the scenes and work some trades, or at the very least – get Torre to retire or fire him. And hire Girardi before someone else does.

      If he made such a statement, he would put himself in the media’s eye and then people would be calling for his head even more than they are now.

      dereksTeam – get ready for A-Rod to leave. It is any surprise that he is having his best year as a Yankee on a “walk” year??? The team would be better off without him.

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