Via Ed Price -
Hank Steinbrenner believes Brian Cashman will be back as Yankees general manager next season, but Steinbrenner said not everything will be the same.
“I’m not the least bit pleased about what’s happened this year,” he said.
“There were still mistakes made the last five, six years, and that’s what I want to fix. I have to consider everything. That’s what my dad (chairperson George Steinbrenner) would have done, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Steinbrenner said the Yankees have already been planning a busy fall and winter.
The free-agent class includes pitchers A.J. Burnett, who is expected to opt out of his contract with Toronto, Ryan Dempster, Jon Garland, CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets.
Steinbrenner placed some of the blame for this year’s disappointing record on underperforming players, but mostly on injuries.
“The Patriots lose (Tom) Brady and everyone’s crying for them,” he said. ” We’ve lost (Joba) Chamberlain and (Chien-Ming) Wang, two of the very best starting pitchers in baseball, and (Jorge) Posada as well. It doesn’t matter (to people). It’s, ‘They’re the Yankees. So what?”‘
Ryan Dempster? Please, say that’s not going to happen.
I’ve never shared this before here – because I was afraid if I wrote it…it might come true. But, I have this strong fear that the Yankees are going to go out and sign Oliver Perez this off-season. It’s partly because of the way Perez pitches against the Yankees and partly because Scott Boras is his agent and I suspect that he could get A-Rod to lobby for Perez. And, in my opinion, signing Perez would be a disaster.
Add the signing of Ryan Dempster to that potential disaster list. Please, just don’t do it.