• Cashman Not Worried

    Posted by on March 6th, 2013 · Comments (33)

    Via Ian O’Connor -

    With first baseman [Mark] Teixeira ruled out Wednesday for eight to 10 weeks after straining his right wrist, adding to the team’s mounting injuries, and with more people around baseball questioning whether the Yankees are too old and brittle to sustain excellence, Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com that he believes his team will make the postseason for the 18th time in 19 seasons.

    “I’m very confident in that,” Cashman said by phone. “Look at our pitching staff, and we’re running out Robinson Cano, running out Derek Jeter, running out Kevin Youkilis, eventually running out Tex and Granderson, a 40-homer center fielder. We’re running out high-end players, so when we get our guys back healthy, we’re going to be fine.”

    Two days after breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle in a skydiving jump to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, Cashman maintained that Teixeira’s injury did nothing to temper his postseason expectations.

    “No, baseball is a six-month season,” he said. “We’ve got to plug some holes. Injuries are part of the game, and in the past we’ve found ways to survive when they’ve hit.”

    The Yankees have made the playoffs every season since the 1994 players’ strike except for 2008. But significant injuries, the advanced age of some players, a loss of power hitters from their roster, and yet another PED scandal involving Rodriguez have inspired some to predict the end of that staggering run.

    Cashman sees no such dark period.

    “We’ve had people say that on a yearly basis,” he said. “People keep saying we’ve gotten too old, and we’ve defied that. We were old and outdated when we beat the Mets in [the World Series in] 2000, and when we went back to the World Series in ’01, ’03, and ’09 and got close in ’04.

    “The story that we’re too old gets written so much that at some point they’ll be right. But it’s our job to prove them wrong and put a championship-caliber team on the field and see where it takes us. We’re dealing with challenging injuries now, but we usually find a way to get through them.”

    Me thinks the objective pipe may have gotten busted on that second jump too.

    Comments on Cashman Not Worried

    1. March 6th, 2013 | 6:50 pm

      Actually, this whole rash of injuries plays right into Cashman’s favor. This way, when the team doesn’t make the post-season this year, he will say “It wasn’t me, it was the injuries!”

    2. Corey
      March 6th, 2013 | 7:14 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Actually, this whole rash of injuries plays right into Cashman’s favor. This way, when the team doesn’t make the post-season this year, he will say “It wasn’t me, it was the injuries!”

      haha that fits your argument rather nicely.

    3. LMJ229
      March 6th, 2013 | 9:21 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Actually, this whole rash of injuries plays right into Cashman’s favor. This way, when the team doesn’t make the post-season this year, he will say “It wasn’t me, it was the injuries!”

      Well then he would be contradicting himself wouldn’t he?

    4. March 6th, 2013 | 9:33 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Well then he would be contradicting himself wouldn’t he?

      When you’re teflon, it’s impossible to contradict yourself!:-)

    5. LMJ229
      March 6th, 2013 | 9:48 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      When you’re teflon, it’s impossible to contradict yourself!:-)

      Or to have eggs, cheese, or other assorted fried food stick to you! :)

    6. LMJ229
      March 6th, 2013 | 10:10 pm

      Cashman not worried? What’s the old saying? Ignorance is bliss? Nobody is happier than the village idiot? Etc., etc.

    7. March 6th, 2013 | 11:39 pm

      Cashman painted himself into a corner and he didn’t get away with it. The idea of wasting time bringing a Hafner into camp,with an old banged up team was idiotic. The team could not sacrifice a bench position to someone who couldn’t field (they already have a middle infielder who can’t field on the bench).

    8. March 7th, 2013 | 8:25 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Cashman painted himself into a corner and he didn’t get away with it. The idea of wasting time bringing a Hafner into camp,with an old banged up team was idiotic. The team could not sacrifice a bench position to someone who couldn’t field (they already have a middle infielder who can’t field on the bench).

      Good points.

    9. MJ Recanati
      March 7th, 2013 | 9:07 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Cashman painted himself into a corner and he didn’t get away with it. The idea of wasting time bringing a Hafner into camp,with an old banged up team was idiotic. The team could not sacrifice a bench position to someone who couldn’t field (they already have a middle infielder who can’t field on the bench).

      I don’t follow the logic here. To say “he didn’t get away with it” would suggest that the season is already over. The team has yet to play a game so it would be difficult to know what the team has or has not been able “get away with.”

      Moreover, I fail to see how it was a waste of time bringing a player into camp. Camp is for the evaluation of players, and especially for the evaluation of players who have limitations on the one hand but clearly defined skills on the other. Raul Ibanez was one such player; a guy with a somewhat potent bat from the left side of the plate but who couldn’t field his position. Hafner is cut from the same cloth as Ibanez. That Ibanez played defense in 2012 was not by design but by necessity and, as we often saw, he played defense poorly. If Hafner is pressed into action at 1B — something that may not happen if Youkilis is moved across the diamond — then, like Ibanez, he’ll be playing sub-par defense out of necessity.

    10. Greg H.
      March 7th, 2013 | 11:36 am

      What’s Cashman supposed to do, raise the white flag in early March and declare this a rebuilding year? (It may turn out to be a rebuilding year, but that’s a July decision.) As it stands, he is correct – he’s got a month or so of the season to plug holes, then he’s got Tex and Grandy back in the lineup. Rather have holes to plug in April than August. If you have injuries all year, well… again that’s a July decision.

      He is also correct that the pitching (at least so far) has looked good.

    11. Greg H.
      March 7th, 2013 | 11:39 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      I don’t follow the logic here.

      Logic? Flip a coin: Heads, he’s a bad GM; Tails, he’s a bad GM.
      FWIW, I was a huge doubter of the Ibanez move. Turned out to be one of the better FA signings in the whole league.

    12. LMJ229
      March 7th, 2013 | 11:55 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Cashman painted himself into a corner and he didn’t get away with it. The idea of wasting time bringing a Hafner into camp,with an old banged up team was idiotic. The team could not sacrifice a bench position to someone who couldn’t field (they already have a middle infielder who can’t field on the bench).

      All excellent points. Cashman clearly did not place alot of value on building and/or stregnthening his bench. In a recent interview with Mike Francesa he admitted that the bench was the team’s greatest weakness. With all of the age on this team he should have made sure they had a strong bench.

    13. MJ Recanati
      March 7th, 2013 | 12:30 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      FWIW, I was a huge doubter of the Ibanez move. Turned out to be one of the better FA signings in the whole league.

      I was right there with you on doubting the Ibanez move. Goes to show you why jumping to conclusions in pre-season isn’t the best idea.

    14. MJ Recanati
      March 7th, 2013 | 12:33 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      With all of the age on this team he should have made sure they had a strong bench.

      Who should they have signed?

    15. LMJ229
      March 7th, 2013 | 12:40 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      LMJ229 wrote:With all of the age on this team he should have made sure they had a strong bench.Who should they have signed?

      Had they just maintained the status quo of Ibanez and Chavez they would be in much better shape right now.

    16. Greg H.
      March 7th, 2013 | 1:17 pm

      @ LMJ229:
      Quite possibly – but that remains to be seen. Especially with Chavez, if he’s seriously injured this year, then giving him 2 years would have been a complete waste. Ibanez is a year older as well, so we could only assess this after most of the season’s games have been played. Both Chavez and Ibanez had outlier performances last year which odds are not in favor of repeating.

    17. March 7th, 2013 | 1:49 pm

      Ibanez had a B-R WAR of 0.3 last year. What was so great about him?

    18. MJ Recanati
      March 7th, 2013 | 2:41 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Had they just maintained the status quo of Ibanez and Chavez they would be in much better shape right now

      How do you figure? What is it about Ibanez that makes him any different than Hafner? Both are LHB mashers that can’t defend.

    19. MJ Recanati
      March 7th, 2013 | 2:46 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Ibanez had a B-R WAR of 0.3 last year. What was so great about him?

      He was worth nearly a win above replacement with his bat alone. His defense is what dragged down his total value.

    20. March 7th, 2013 | 3:21 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      His defense is what dragged down his total value.

      And, what, that doesn’t count?

    21. KPOcala
      March 7th, 2013 | 4:17 pm

      Cashman gets his orders from his bosses, and follows them. What has Cashman done over the years to earn such scorn? Almost every free agent signing during his tenure were lauded by the pundits when they were made. Ditto, most of his trades. And really, how many of his players who were traded went on to become great players (a few “seasons” worth,aside)? Now Cashman gets boxed into a corner because of Hank’s idiocy, and whatever it is that motivates Hal. Perhaps the lack of player development can be laid at Cashman’s feet, but that’s a process that plays out at a glacial pace. Farm systems and player development are very slow and subtle,easily subject to to second guessing. And a great deal of blind luck as well. So what pipe is Cashman supposed to smoke now? One in which he blames his bosses? Billy Martin would have, it would have been cathartic for the fans, but he would have been fired as a GM, as he was as a manager. The difference being that he wouldn’t have had a second chance. So some of you guys would do well to sip a nice single malt Scotch, and calm down….

    22. MJ Recanati
      March 7th, 2013 | 4:47 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      And, what, that doesn’t count?

      Why would it? He was signed for his bat, just like Hafner. As long as they’re producing at the plate, they’re doing their job.

    23. LMJ229
      March 7th, 2013 | 5:25 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      How do you figure? What is it about Ibanez that makes him any different than Hafner? Both are LHB mashers that can’t defend.

      IMO Ibanez is a better hitter than Hafner and less injury prone.

    24. Corey
      March 7th, 2013 | 5:26 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      IMO Ibanez is a better hitter than Hafner and less injury prone.

      I’m with you on the injury history, but when healthy Hafner can mash. All things equal, I’d take Hafner over Ibanez. I believe Singleton will call him a professional hitter.

    25. Raf
      March 7th, 2013 | 5:47 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Steve L. wrote:
      When you’re teflon, it’s impossible to contradict yourself!:-)
      Or to have eggs, cheese, or other assorted fried food stick to you!

      LOL

    26. Raf
      March 7th, 2013 | 5:53 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      IMO Ibanez is a better hitter than Hafner and less injury prone.

      Maybe less injury prone, but I doubt that he’s a better hitter.

    27. MJ Recanati
      March 7th, 2013 | 5:58 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Maybe less injury prone, but I doubt that he’s a better hitter.

      This.

      LMJ229 wrote:

      IMO Ibanez is a better hitter than Hafner and less injury prone.

      Also, I’d love to know if you were on board with the Ibanez signing when it happened or if you’re singing Ibanez’s tune because there’s comfort with the familiar.

    28. Greg H.
      March 7th, 2013 | 6:48 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Cashman clearly did not place alot of value on building and/or stregnthening his bench.

      Nobody places a lot of value on this – it’s a secondary concern. Any team that loses 3 middlle of the order starters before the season begins would be in the same situation: wishing they signed starters to be bench players.

      By the way, I love the quote from Girardi on Hafner – “He brought a glove, and anyone else is welcome to use it.”

    29. March 7th, 2013 | 9:33 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      don’t follow the logic here. To say “he didn’t get away with it” would suggest that the season is already over. The team has yet to play a game so it would be difficult to know what the team has or has not been able “get away with.”

      It suggests no such thing, Cashman is responsible for putting the roster and every part of that roster together. The bench is completely inadequate to meet the needs of an older team with injury issues. He has to be held accountable for that.

    30. March 7th, 2013 | 9:43 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      LMJ229 wrote:Had they just maintained the status quo of Ibanez and Chavez they would be in much better shape right nowHow do you figure? What is it about Ibanez that makes him any different than Hafner? Both are LHB mashers that can’t defend.

      Ibanez was an outfielder who started 130 games for the Phils in 2011. Older clubs need bench options. Hafner has no defensive position (he hasn’t played in the field since 2007!).

    31. Raf
      March 7th, 2013 | 10:26 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Ibanez was an outfielder who started 130 games for the Phils in 2011. Older clubs need bench options. Hafner has no defensive position (he hasn’t played in the field since 2007!).

      And will still probably play the field as well as Ibanez :p

    32. MJ Recanati
      March 8th, 2013 | 9:13 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      It suggests no such thing, Cashman is responsible for putting the roster and every part of that roster together. The bench is completely inadequate to meet the needs of an older team with injury issues. He has to be held accountable for that.

      You can’t say the bench is inadequate until the season plays out and is proven to be such.

    33. MJ Recanati
      March 8th, 2013 | 9:21 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Ibanez was an outfielder who started 130 games for the Phils in 2011. Older clubs need bench options. Hafner has no defensive position (he hasn’t played in the field since 2007!).

      You’ve said this a few times already and it’s just as irrelevant today as it was the first time you said it.

      Just because a player played in the outfield doesn’t mean it was the right move. Ibanez is not a suitable defensive player any longer and his best role is as a DH.

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