Is every Yankee newspaper columnist contractually obligated to suck up to Brian Cashman and praise his “genius”? Sure seems that way.
— Subway Squawkers (@subwaysquawkers) March 29, 2013
Yup. It sure seems that way…
Expect it to get worse now that Johan Santana is toast. Cashman will beat his chest over that one for days citing how he knew not to trade for him, despite what Hank Stein wanted (at that time).
Of course, Cashman will ignore the fact that Santana was stellar from 2008 through 2010 – and may have helped the Yankees make the playoffs in 2008 (when they missed the dance).
Further, if the Yankees had Santana in 2008, then they – meaning Cashman – don’t have to give A.J. Burnett a bleep-load of cash to come here in 2009 – and then still pay A.J. all that money to go have him pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
And, Cashman won’t mention that the players who the Twins wanted for Johan – Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain and Melky Cabrera – haven’t done anything in New York that comes close to what Santana gave the Mets for the first three years of his contract.
Lastly, who knows if Santana blows out his shoulder with the Yankees? Yes, there was concern there – as there is with any pitcher with a lot of innings. But, maybe the super smart Yankees and coaches – and General Manager! – use Johan in a way to protect his shoulder and get more than three years out of him?
Also, let’s see how CC Sabathia is doing from 2014 through 2017 before we say how stupid it is to give a pitcher a ton of dough and a long term deal and then only getting something out of him for the first half of the contract.
In any event, Cashman won’t mention any of this when he’s talking about what a genius he is for not making the Santana deal…and that’s why he’s wily…and has no idea that an anvil is about to fall on his head.