• Lupica: Cash, Not Cashman, Is Yanks Free Agent Nectar

    Posted by on November 11th, 2010 · Comments (12)

    Via Mike Lupica today –

    Whenever the Yankees start recruiting a big free agent, the best part, every single time, is the hilarious notion that it’s not about the money, it’s about the relationships.

    Brian Cashman has now flown to Arkansas to meet Cliff Lee and Mrs. Lee and Lee’s agent, just to get to know them. Maybe tell them that hardly anybody will try to spit on Mrs. Lee when she’s sitting in her own suite. Before getting down to asking the only question that ever matters in this process:

    When the time comes, after they’ve established a relationship and had so much fun getting to know each other, will Lee be willing to take a whole lot more money than anybody else is offering to come pitch for the Yankees?

    We were actually expected to believe a couple of years ago that Cashman and CC Sabathia had practically turned into a buddy movie when Sabathia and not Lee was the big lefthanded pitcher in play. That it was the bonding and not the money when the Yankees ended up paying Sabathia $160 million and the next biggest offer on the table was $100 million.

    A Yankee offer like this is the only kind of dream moment left for the Major League Baseball Players Association, and the reason they will still fight to the death not to have a salary cap. The Yankees have to continue to set the bar stupidly high, from Derek Jeter’s old contract to Sabathia’s. The Players Association never wants a player and his agent to leave a million dollars on the table, much less 60 million.

    It was the same with Mark Teixeira. And A.J. Burnett. It was the relationships. Now when it’s all over, we don’t just hear about how it was always somebody’s dream to wear the pinstripes, it was the sales pitch, too. It was the way the Yankees, especially Brian Cashman, were interested in them as people. It was Cash’s persuasiveness, and winning personality.

    There are probably a lot of other general managers in baseball who think their personalities would become much more sparking if they had Steinbrenner money in their pockets.

    In the end, isn’t it always about the money?

    Comments on Lupica: Cash, Not Cashman, Is Yanks Free Agent Nectar

    1. November 11th, 2010 | 2:06 pm

      This is a straw man argument. Exactly who has made the argument that it is Brian Cashman’s personality that these players are signing for? Give me one name of a sportswriter who has ever claimed that. Just one.

    2. 77yankees
      November 11th, 2010 | 2:25 pm

      So, let’s see, since everything is life is really NOT supposed to be about the money, I suppose Mike Duplica is giving away his new fictitious book for free, no?

    3. satchel
      November 11th, 2010 | 2:27 pm

      It’s about the money, sure, but it’s also about players and their massive egos. Elite athletes always get lots of personal attention from team management. It would be taken as a slap in the face is Cashman did not make a personal visit.

    4. Mr. Sparkle
      November 11th, 2010 | 2:33 pm

      Spoken like a true Yankee-hater, Mr. Lupica. Maybe the reason he doesn’t understand how personality can play any type of role at all in negotiations is because he’s such an elitist snob, he’s never had the opportunity to win someone over with his own personality.

    5. November 11th, 2010 | 3:49 pm

      @ Mr. Sparkle: He is the only NYC sportswriter where the reader has zero ability to give feedback. He has the “commenting” feature on his columns turned off so no readers can ever contradict him. Doesn’t have an email listed, either.

    6. November 11th, 2010 | 5:29 pm

      Lupica has become a brand name as far as the Daily News is concerned. When will someone at the paper wake up and realize that whatever this guy once had is gone. He is one of the higher paid writers at the paper yet his columns give the reader nothing. Money is being wasted here. This lame column is just another example of it. Big deal, what shock, can you imagine that, the free agent player is primarily interested in money. Wow, thanks for passing that along Mike.

      Note to the Daily News, wake up, stop throwing your money away, go out a find a writer who will bring some energy to the paper, and give the sports fan something to read. In lieu of that, use his space for ads.

    7. Evan3457
      November 11th, 2010 | 6:43 pm

      The money is 95%. The relationship is the other 5%. The relationship is not the key; not even a large part. But it can tip the balance, especially if the player is not sure he wants to deal with New York. Reggie said it was the money, but also George’s recruitment, that made the difference in him deciding to come to the Yanks. Now that may be 95% bullspit, but there’s still that 5%.

      Cashman may not have be the decisive, or even a major factor in, CC’s decision, but he sure didn’t hurt.

      This I know for sure; no free agent ever came to the Yanks just so he read Mike Lupica explaining the way the world “really works” 3 times a week.

      Every time I see the name Lupica, or see his idiot visage on my TV, the George Harrison bit from A Hard Day’s Night pops into my head:

      Oh! You mean that posh bird who gets everything wrong?…Oh, yeah. The lads frequently sit around the telly and watch her for a giggle. One time, we actually sat down and wrote these letters saying how gear she was and all that rubbish…She’s a drag. A well known drag. We turn the sound down on her and say rude things.

    8. KPOcala
      November 11th, 2010 | 7:04 pm

      @ satchel:

    9. KPOcala
      November 11th, 2010 | 7:47 pm

      Lupica writes about everything, and always with the tone of someone that has chronic constipation. I mean really, does he presume that he could run the Steinbrenner Empire? And would he not move to North Dakota to write his BS if someone paid him an extra (chump change, I know) million or so?

    10. 77yankees
      November 11th, 2010 | 9:27 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      And would he not move to North Dakota to write his BS if someone paid him an extra (chump change, I know) million or so?

      Yeah, North Dakota’s governor is Republican, so his thrice weekly columns could be recycled each week……just like here.

    11. November 11th, 2010 | 9:44 pm

      @ KPOcala:

      Actually he’s already done that! He left to New York Daily News to join The National, a little read sports daily that was launched in late January 1990 and folded about 18 months later. The paper’s first edition was the Monday after the Super Bowl. Of all times of year to launch a sports daily they probably coudn’t have picked a worst time. Football is over, baseball hasn’t started and the tournament is still a month and a half away.

    12. PocketAces
      November 12th, 2010 | 4:37 pm

      @ KPOcala:
      HEY HEY….I am from North Dakota….lived here all my life….I don’t want him

      Not even for a million bucks……no I take that back…..I would take that fool if I could cushion the retirement fund!!

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