Via Ken Davidoff:
“What skill does it take to run the Yankees?” asked an official of a small-market team. “Just outbid everyone by 30 to 40 million, and get executive of the year if you win. Get fired if you don’t. I’d rather do it our way where you actually need some creative thought process and old-school scouting.”
Brian Cashman, who has touted expensive pitching acquisitions plenty of times before yesterday, returned partly to take ownership of his Yankees legacy. So it didn’t surprise yesterday that he voiced frustration over the latest round of criticism.
“What bothers me is, no matter what we do, we get criticized,” Cashman said. “While we’re going through a youth movement, you hear, ‘The Yankees can’t do that, developing kids. They shouldn’t be developing guys.’
” … I just think we made a smart play. It’s as simple as that. It kind of gets on both ends. If we didn’t [sign Sabathia], then all of a sudden it’s, ‘Why wouldn’t they have?’ If we did, it’s, ‘Jeez!’ I’ve gotten numb to that.”
Yes, but, is he comfortably numb?