• Cashman On Yanks Woes: ‘Different Things Right Now Going Wrong All At Once’

    Posted by on May 25th, 2010 · Comments (6)

    Ah, the “perfect storm” application…via Peter Botte -

    “We’re just not playing good baseball right now and when you’re playing professional teams you have a chance to lose a number of games,” [Brian] Cashman said Monday. “I think it’s just been a number of different things right now going wrong all at once.

    “Our starting pitching out of the gate, for the month of April, was terrific. The last two turns, they haven’t been as good, and coinciding with a number of injuries and some guys not hitting that are healthy, it’s a lot of different things adding up to us not playing as well as we can play… . April went really well for us, but May obviously hasn’t been as kind.”

    “Am I concerned about (Teixeira)? No. Do we need to get him going, along with other guys? Yeah,” Cashman said. “He’ll hit, it’s just that he’s obviously fighting through it right now. That’s the ebb and flow of the game. He’ll find himself, and when he does, he’ll take off.”

    My thoughts?

    Hey, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira haven’t done well, so far, this season. And, losing Jorge Posada’s bat hurts. But, overall, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher have batted well. Brett Gardner wasn’t supposed to be counted on this season – all that much. So, he’s out of the picture. And, this brings us to Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson – two guys that Cashman brought in, who, to date, have not helped the Yankees. (At least Granderson still has a chance.)

    To date, this season, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, overall, have been just better than league average. Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes have been great – until lately. Javier Vazquez, who Cashman brought in, despite his last two starts, overall, to this point, has been a bust.

    The Yankees bullpen has experienced ups and downs this season, so far. And, losing Alfredo Aceves has hurt the team. But, two of the worst pitchers in the Yankees pen, so far this season, have been Boone Logan and Chan Ho Park. Again, two guys who Cashman brought in this season. (David Robertson, it should be noted, has been not good so far this season too.)

    If Cashman wants to talk about “things going wrong all at once,” then he should talk about Curtis Granderson, Nick Johnson, Javy Vazquez, Boone Logan and Chan Ho Park. And, while he’s at it, he can talk about another one of his additions this season: Randy Winn. These six players that Cashman brought in this season have all gone wrong at once too, no?

    Comments on Cashman On Yanks Woes: ‘Different Things Right Now Going Wrong All At Once’

    1. Jake1
      May 25th, 2010 | 11:57 am

      cashmans off season was downright putrid.

      u dont see many guys do a solid 0-fer. was it really a tough decision to not sign damon and slot him in as the dh and #2 hitter?

      in what world was nick johnson a better bet?

    2. May 25th, 2010 | 12:05 pm

      Regarding Cashman and Damon – via Bob Klap today –

      Still, it’s clear the GM picked the wrong horse in the Johnson-Johnny Damon race this winter, as
      Damon is now hitting .290 with the Tigers.

      But Cashman won’t relent to the army of second-guessers, insisting “Johnny would’ve never signed with us for $8 million for one year [his current contract with Detroit]. He was beyond our price point. I tell people all the time, Johnny Damon was never a choice for us.”

      Damon’s former teammates say, money aside, the Yankees undervalued the impact of the left fielder’s .299 average with runners in scoring position last year and how his contact ratio always seemed to improve after the seventh inning. “Johnny was a total gamer,” said one veteran, although a better way of framing Damon’s contribution is this way:

      Who would the Yankees have preferred to send to the plate in the ninth inning Sunday night against Francisco Rodriguez — Damon or Brett Gardner?

      source: http://tinyurl.com/33lumdc

    3. May 25th, 2010 | 2:47 pm

      If Cash could have spent 5.5 million on Nick Johnson, he could have coughed up the money for Damon.

    4. G.I. Joey
      May 25th, 2010 | 3:06 pm

      I think Cashman wanted to do everything in his power not to look weak and allow Scott Boras to dictate those negotiations. Maybe this was part of the budget conscious mantra or maybe Boras rubbed him the wrong way and it was a battle of egos. He probably thought he was pretty slick by closing the door on Damon & Boras with the NJ move. Boras is the one laughing.

    5. Evan3457
      May 25th, 2010 | 4:01 pm

      G.I. Joey wrote:

      I think Cashman wanted to do everything in his power not to look weak and allow Scott Boras to dictate those negotiations. Maybe this was part of the budget conscious mantra or maybe Boras rubbed him the wrong way and it was a battle of egos. He probably thought he was pretty slick by closing the door on Damon & Boras with the NJ move. Boras is the one laughing.

      Not exactly.

      Look at the sequence: Johnson had an offer from the Giants he was about to take when the Yanks came calling, because they didn’t want to meet Boras’ price. Boras would not come down to where the Yanks wanted Damon at, because he thought the Yanks had no other options. Had Cashman let Johnson sign with the Giants, he would’ve been caught in Boras’ trap of waiting the market out.

      With nowhere else to turn for a #2 type High-OBP hitter, Boras would’ve nailed the Yanks for multiple years at higher dollars than they wanted to pay. They wanted to play Gardner and Granderson in the OF, leaving Damon clogging up DH for 2 years. They need that slot to rotate their veterans into and out of, and next year, Posada might have to get the majority of the AB.

      So; what to do? Sign Johnson for 1 years, knowing that if he breaks down again, you put Jorge, A-Rod, Tex, Swisher, Jeter in that spot whenever they need “half-days-off”, and you still want their bat in the lineup.

      And that’s the long and the short of that decision.

      Meanwhile, although he was hardly hitting at all, the Yanks are now 5-9 since Johnson’s injury. Is his injury a big reason why? No, not really. But it, along with Granderson’s injury, forced Gardner up to #2, and is probably getting Gardner pitched tougher then he would be as an afterthought at #9. And finally, it forced Winn and Pena to get more AB than the Yanks would probably have wanted.

    6. Raf
      May 25th, 2010 | 10:19 pm

      Brett Gardner wasn’t supposed to be counted on, but guys like Logan, Park and Winn are? Meh… Regardless of how the negotiations went, Johnny Damon isn’t the reason the Yanks are where they are.

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