At times, the two were remarkably candid, from Cashman admitting Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu were not in shape last spring to Epstein saying he regretted the rash trade he made two years ago, when he sent promising reliever Cla Meredith to the Padres to reacquire backup catcher Doug Mirabelli, after Mirabelli’s replacement Josh Bard had a rough game handling Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball.
On Bernie Williams’ final years in pinstripes, Cashman’s assessment was the former center fielder, “Got into music, and I thought it took a lot away from his play.”
Cashman said one of the reasons Williams wasn’t back with the Yankees last year was the GM feared having to release the popular player during the season, and that wouldn’t have been a proper sendoff. Cashman indicated Williams got the proper farewell two years ago, after a having a “terrible” 2005 season.
While Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu and Bernie Williams probably feel like they were thrown under a bus, via Cash’s comments, personally, I give Brian two huge thumbs-up for being spot-on here and for having the nerve to speak the truth. Better late than never.
During a question-and-answer session, a fan asked each GM whom he would take from the other’s team if given the chance. Cashman picked Jason Varitek, noting he’d like to take the catcher and “put him [on] another planet,” to cripple the Red Sox.
Who would Epstein pluck from the Yankees?
“I’d take the gentleman on my left,” Epstein said, motioning to Cashman, “and make him [our] scouting director.”
This is not the first time that I’ve heard about Cashman’s crush on Varitek. Cashman as the Red Sox scouting director? Man, that would be music to my ears. Putting a dollar sign on the muscle is Brian’s biggest weakness as a baseball executive.