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?