• Maddening

    Posted by on March 8th, 2013 · Comments (10)

    Bill Madden let’s loose on Brian Cashman today with this one:

    The Bronx is burning mad, Juan Rivera and Dan Johnson are masquerading as Mark Teixeira, Matt Diaz is a leading solution to the Curtis Granderson vacancy in left field, Melky Mesa might very well be the Opening Day center fielder and Brian Cashman is making like Alfred E. Neuman in a wheelchair.

    Just like before he tempted fate (and subsequently crashed to earth, breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle) with a second parachute jump in South Florida on Monday, the Yankee general manager’s operative phrase in these days of mounting crisis is: “What, me worry?”

    In the wake of Teixeira’s wrist injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least 8-10 weeks, Cashman insisted it wasn’t the right time to be making a trade and that the Yankees will just make do with the replacement players they have. Just what the Yankee legions wanted to hear. But know, too, that the GM also expressed full confidence the Yankees will make the playoffs for the 18th time in the last 19 seasons.

    “What we have in camp is what we’ll continue to evaluate,” Cashman said. “It’s not the time of year to be making any moves. Usually movement takes place after the draft unless people are trying to dump garbage.”

    Obviously, Cashman has a short memory. Two of the Yankees’ biggest trades in the last 15 years — David Wells for Roger Clemens and Alfonso Soriano for Alex Rodriguez — were made in mid-February at the outset of spring training. And they were hardly garbage dumps. The fact is, even before Granderson and Teixeira went down, the Yankees had a glaring need for another big bat to help replace all those home runs from Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, et al, who walked out the door this winter, as well as A-Rod, whom they will be just as happy to never see again.

    The problem Cashman has, as he deludes himself into thinking the Yankees are going to be just fine with the likes of all these unappealing “remainders” filling in around soon-to-be-39-year-old Derek Jeter, is that his team has gotten old, he let all these people go last winter and the farm system has nobody ready to replace them. It is why Cashman needs to stop playing small-ball GM and start acting like the bold, creative GM he once fancied himself to be.

    Both barrels and no punches pulled here, eh?

    Comments on Maddening

    1. MJ Recanati
      March 8th, 2013 | 1:37 pm

      Maddening is an appropriate title for this bunch of disingenuous, intellectually dishonest drivel. Let’s fisk the moron that wrote this FJM style, shall me?

      Bill Madden wrote:

      Juan Rivera and Dan Johnson are masquerading as Mark Teixeira, Matt Diaz is a leading solution to the Curtis Granderson vacancy in left field, Melky Mesa might very well be the Opening Day center fielder…

      Rivera and Johnson aren’t masquerading as anyone but themselves. Teixeira is injured. Would it please Madden more if the Yankees simply vacated the position of first base because he deems reserve players too unworthy to substitute for Mark Teixeira while he convalesces? Should the same apply to the vacancy left by Curtis Granderson’s absence? And what of Brett Gardner? If Diaz is replacing Granderson and Melky Mesa is starting in center, did Brett Gardner not pay tribute to Bill Madden and was thus forgotten?

      Bill Madden wrote:

      In the wake of Teixeira’s wrist injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least 8-10 weeks, Cashman insisted it wasn’t the right time to be making a trade and that the Yankees will just make do with the replacement players they have.

      Because the alternative — naked desperation and bended-knee pleading for anyone that isn’t “masquerading” as Mark Teixeira — would be more sensible? As everyone in Bill Madden’s home poker game must know, it’s always best to show your hand before you bet, right?

      Bill Madden wrote:

      But know, too, that the GM also expressed full confidence the Yankees will make the playoffs for the 18th time in the last 19 seasons.

      I suppose it would suit Madden much more if the general manager simply said “Hey, we’ve got no chance this year. The season is over and we don’t need to play even one inning of one of our 162 games to know that this is a futile effort. Stay at home folks, I’m sending the team back to their hometowns because we’ll just forfeit the 2013 season. See you all on Opening Day 2014!”

      Bill Madden wrote:

      Obviously, Cashman has a short memory. Two of the Yankees’ biggest trades in the last 15 years — David Wells for Roger Clemens and Alfonso Soriano for Alex Rodriguez — were made in mid-February at the outset of spring training. And they were hardly garbage dumps.

      Has Madden been paying attention at all? The Yankees have been consciously trying to reduce payroll. The two trades he referenced increased payroll. Solutions to the current injury problems clearly exist if the Yankees are willing to take on additional salary that extends beyond 2014 but that’s just not what the mandate is right now. How convenient of Madden to ignore that fact.

      Bill Madden wrote:

      [H]is team has gotten old, he let all these people go last winter and the farm system has nobody ready to replace them.

      But Swisher doesn’t hit in the playoffs! But Martin’s a .200 hitter! Never mind that Ibanez is as old as the old as the oldest guy on the roster, if only the Yanks hadn’t let him go, all would be OK.

      So lamenting that Melky Mesa may be the opening day centerfielder would somehow negate that there are no replacements, right? Or do replacements from the minors not count if they’re not multi-million dollar players instead of “masqueraders?”

      Fuck Bill Madden and fuck this bullshit article. As I told Garcia a few weeks ago, it’s rubbish like this which makes me feel like media deserves absolutely no respect. It’s easy to take shots when facts don’t stand in the way…

    2. Evan3457
      March 8th, 2013 | 5:23 pm

      This was my reply in the comments section of Madden’s article:

      Bill Madden wrote:

      Obviously, Cashman has a short memory. Two of the Yankees’ biggest trades in the last 15 years — David Wells for Roger Clemens and Alfonso Soriano for Alex Rodriguez — were made in mid-February at the outset of spring training. And they were hardly garbage dumps.

      You’re absolutely right, Bill; those trades weren’t “garbage dumps”. They were SALARY dumps. Neither Headley nor Stanton fall into that category. You know any top players making big salaries that are available right now in a salary dump? No? Neither do I. In addition, to make both of those trades, the Yanks had to give up big-time major league talent; Wells in the Clemens deal, and Soriano in the Rodriguez trade. The Yanks have NO SURPLUS on the major league level right now.

      Bill Madden wrote:

      And if it means trading Gary Sanchez or Slade Heathcott to get Headley or Stanton, they need to do it.

      It would require MORE than both of them put together to get EITHER Headley or Stanton.

      Bill Madden wrote:

      Matt Diaz is a leading solution to the Curtis Granderson vacancy in left field, Melky Mesa might very well be the Opening Day center fielder…

      Uh, NO, Bill. Brett Gardner will start at one of those two positions. They both won’t be regularly filled by Diaz and Mesa. Way to keep up with things, resident senior baseball columnist.

      Bill Madden wrote:

      Apparently, Mariano Rivera is feeling the same way. After surveying the depleted Yankee landscape, which Cashman has wrought with his small-ball winter that doesn’t bode well for a promising season, the indomitable Mo is seeing the decline of the Evil Empire and has called a press conference at Steinbrenner Field on Saturday, purportedly to tell the world that, after this season, he’s outta here.

      Uh, NO, Bill, that’s almost certainly NOT why Mariano is announcing his retirement now. He was very likely going to retire last season, at the end of his most recent multi-year deal, but the greatest closer ever got injured early last year, and didn’t want to go out on the DL, so he came back for one more year.

      Other than those points, this column is a pure gem of logic and insight.

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      Two other points occurred to me after I wrote that reply to Madden’s column:

      1) The main reason the Yanks can’t make a Clemens or an A-Rod type deal is because they have no major league surplus, mainly due to injuries to three of their starters. They can’t deal Phelps or Nova, because their other starters are old, as Madden and others have pointed out.

      Of course, the Yanks could trade Granderson in a deal for Stanton, I suppose, if they throw in most of his salary. Why the Marlins would want Granderson, I don’t know, unless maybe to flip him for a prospect or two after he returns and re-establishes his value.

      2) Of course Mariano is retiring because he sees disaster long term with the Yankees. It couldn’t possibly that he wants to retire because he’s 43-frickin’-years-old, and he’s been there and done that enough times, already, could it?

    3. Evan3457
      March 8th, 2013 | 5:26 pm

      Both barrels and no punches pulled here, eh?

      Both barrels pulled with a misfire the result, and any punches that landed landed on Madden’s own face.

    4. Ricketson
      March 9th, 2013 | 2:02 pm

      “It is why Cashman needs to stop playing small-ball GM and start acting like the bold, creative GM he once fancied himself to be.” A G.M. he never was, and never could be. Instead of getting into an airplane for a parachute jump for a second time on a Monday morning in March, this G.M. should have been on a baseball field observing a $208 million team he is responsible for putting together that was not projected to win more than 86 games – before the loss of Teixeira for two months, and demonstrating his self-described “work ethic;” but then again, it was all about Brian Cashman, not The Wounded Warrior Project from the beginning.

    5. Ricketson
      March 9th, 2013 | 4:40 pm

      “‘What we have in camp is what we’ll continue to evaluate,’ Cashman said.
      Who will be performing the evaluations? Cashman is a $3 million-per-year administrator and listener that would not “pass [himself] off as an evaluator of talent.”
      “Cashman constantly talks about how wonderful his farm system is, but almost always it’s about players down in A ball, who get the great Yankee hype but, the closer they get to the Bronx, either get hurt or start to struggle.”
      Or get traded to another ballclub in a transaction that proves have been ill-advised or short-sighted in the years to come.
      “Burned as he has been on that one because of Pineda’s blown-out shoulder.”
      He was burned in the trade with Seattle itself; Pineda was not going to be a front-of-the-rotation starter before the injury.

    6. Evan3457
      March 9th, 2013 | 8:28 pm

      Ricketson wrote:

      “It is why Cashman needs to stop playing small-ball GM and start acting like the bold, creative GM he once fancied himself to be.” A G.M. he never was, and never could be. Instead of getting into an airplane for a parachute jump for a second time on a Monday morning in March, this G.M. should have been on a baseball field observing a $208 million team he is responsible for putting together that was not projected to win more than 86 games – before the loss of Teixeira for two months, and demonstrating his self-described “work ethic;” but then again, it was all about Brian Cashman, not The Wounded Warrior Project from the beginning.

      He is, and has been, the GM for almost 15 years now.
      His boss, the owner, has no objection to his parachute jump. Your opinion on the matter is irrelevant.
      Your opinion about it being all about him is fatuous.

    7. Evan3457
      March 9th, 2013 | 8:29 pm

      Ricketson wrote:

      “It is why Cashman needs to stop playing small-ball GM and start acting like the bold, creative GM he once fancied himself to be.” A G.M. he never was, and never could be. Instead of getting into an airplane for a parachute jump for a second time on a Monday morning in March, this G.M. should have been on a baseball field observing a $208 million team he is responsible for putting together that was not projected to win more than 86 games – before the loss of Teixeira for two months, and demonstrating his self-described “work ethic;” but then again, it was all about Brian Cashman, not The Wounded Warrior Project from the beginning.

      He is, and has been, the GM for almost 15 years now.
      His boss, the owner, has no objection to his parachute jump. Your opinion on the matter is important to you only.
      Your opinion about it being all about him is fatuous.

    8. Evan3457
      March 9th, 2013 | 8:32 pm

      Ricketson wrote:

      “‘What we have in camp is what we’ll continue to evaluate,’ Cashman said.
      Who will be performing the evaluations?

      Well, that’s easy…the same members of the organization who’ve been doing in in the recent past, which is why Cashman said “we’ll”, not I’ll.

      He was burned in the trade with Seattle itself; Pineda was not going to be a front-of-the-rotation starter before the injury.

      That’s not what was said by most outside observers at the time of the trade.

    9. Greg H.
      March 10th, 2013 | 3:42 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      That’s not what was said by most outside observers at the time of the trade.

      And the jury is still out on that trade. Montero didn’t exactly light up the league last year (although he did play in it). I’m very curious to see what Pineda has this year, as he seems to be progressing pretty well in rehab. Banuelos is also reported to be progressing well in rehab from TJ, and I watched Jose Ramirez and Vidal Nuno pitch some pretty decent innings this spring. Pitching outlook not as bleak as the offense, or so it appears at this early date.

    10. Ricketson
      March 12th, 2013 | 7:01 pm

      “The Yankee GM… has had to intensify his efforts to cobble together a representative major-league roster [and enlisted] baseball scribes to put out the word on Twitter accounts that he was looking for the agent for Chipper Jones.
      I’m half expecting a replica of the Statue of Liberty to be erected in the front of Steinbrenner Field: ‘Give us your tired and your poor and your huddled masses yearning to be free.’
      While this furious tweeting… was going on from the disabled GM’s wheelchair… Jim Fregosi, the special assistant to [the] Braves GM… asked me what was going on with the Yankees. ‘A lot of sound and fury,’ I said, ‘signifying nothing.’ I informed him there was a lot of opportunity in this Yankee camp and asked him if he thought he might have a little more third base left in him.”

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