• Cashman: Yanks Were Over-Achievers Last Year

    Posted by on February 27th, 2014 · Comments (11)

    Via Ken Davidoff -

    These 2014 Yankees have more ground to make up than you might realize. The good news for those of you who root for this team is the team’s decision-makers know it.

    “Our team over-performed last year,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday, before the Yankees defeated Florida State, 8-3, at Steinbrenner Field. “It’s a credit to everybody involved in that process. But the record didn’t reflect the talent. And so when you take a sledgehammer to the roster like we did this winter and spend the money we did, it’s more reflective of recognizing. Of not being fooled.”

    If you watched the 2013 Yankees play, carrying essentially 2 ¹/₂ valuable position players — Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner, plus a half-credit for Alfonso Soriano — you know their 85-77 final record, the fact they remained mathematically alive into the season’s last week, carried an air of improbability to it.

    The math backs that up. The 2013 Yankees scored 650 runs (their lowest total since tallying 603 in 1991) and allowed 671 runs, and that gave them an expected won-loss mark of 79-83. Therefore, Cashman and his front-office teammates went to work with the mentality they needed to improve upon a 79-win club, rather than an 85-win team.

    …the record didn’t reflect the talent…

    Remind me again: Who is responsible for placing talent on the big league roster? Funny, that whole point is somehow forgotten, as it always is, when it comes to Cashman.

    Comments on Cashman: Yanks Were Over-Achievers Last Year

    1. Raf
      February 27th, 2014 | 11:00 am

      The talent was there, but on the disabled list. But you knew that already ;)

    2. February 27th, 2014 | 11:06 am

      @ Raf:
      What good is talent if it’s not healthy & reliable talent? Grady Sizemore has a ton of talent. Would you count on it? So, why count on Youk? Only a fool, like Cashman, counts on talent that has injury risks due to age or other factors associated to it.

    3. Raf
      February 27th, 2014 | 12:20 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      Sizemore signed with the Red Sox, who I’m sure took his injury history into consideration. I’m confident that in all your years of watching baseball, you can name injury prone players that have found employment with major league ballclubs.

      Youk was supposed to man 3B until Rodriguez came back. Then he would’ve backed up at 3B and 1B. He wasn’t an integral part of the team or otherwise relied upon to the extent that Jeter, Teix or Granderson were.

      Despite the time lost to injury there were teams still interested in Youk’s services. He signed with a Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

    4. Mr. October
      February 27th, 2014 | 8:33 pm

      Suzyn Waldman on WFAN today: “You know, John, this will be the last year that we’ll be able to see that Jeterian swing.”

      I wonder if Suzyn would be able to win one AL pennant every 10 years while outspending the next-highest spending team in the division, or in the American League, by 20-30% or more every year? I think Suzyn could do it…

    5. Ben M.
      February 27th, 2014 | 11:29 pm

      But since health was such an issue with this team last season, Cashman has upgraded it BIGTIME for 2014, with the signings of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian Roberts, and by getting rid of injury-prone players like, um, Robinson Cano…

    6. February 28th, 2014 | 9:35 am

      Ben M. wrote:

      But since health was such an issue with this team last season, Cashman has upgraded it BIGTIME for 2014, with the signings of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian Roberts, and by getting rid of injury-prone players like, um, Robinson Cano…

      Good one!

    7. Mr. October
      February 28th, 2014 | 4:33 pm

      Grady Sizemore will earn a base salary of $750,000, but has a chance to make a total of $6 million if he reaches specified performance bonuses, as protection or insurance in center field behind another top Red Sox prospect, Bradley, if Bradley isn’t ready…

      This isn’t the same thing as signing Nick Johnson for $5.5 million for one year to DH in 2010, or allowing Raul Ibanez to land in Seattle and signing Travis Hafner for $2 million for one year to DH in 2013, or signing Roberts as protection or insurance at second base behind another top Cashman prospect, if that Cashman prospect who isn’t ready…

    8. Evan3457
      March 2nd, 2014 | 1:42 am

      Ben M. wrote:

      But since health was such an issue with this team last season, Cashman has upgraded it BIGTIME for 2014, with the signings of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian Roberts, and by getting rid of injury-prone players like, um, Robinson Cano…

      Ellsbury’s injuries are basically from two horrible collisions. I don’t think you can call it “chronic”, because the other two years, he played at an All-Star level.

      Cashman didn’t “get rid of” Cano. Cano demanded his way out by insisting on a contract with guaranteed big bucks until his age 41 season.

    9. Evan3457
      March 2nd, 2014 | 1:44 am

      Mr. October wrote:

      This isn’t the same thing as signing Nick Johnson for $5.5 million for one year to DH in 2010.

      Well, no; Nick Johnson was coming off a season in which he had played 133 games, and gotten nearly 550 PA; Sizemore hasn’t managed even 500 PA in 4 years now, and hasn’t played at all since 2011.

    10. Mr. October
      March 2nd, 2014 | 4:52 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Cashman didn’t “get rid of” Cano. Cano demanded his way out by insisting on a contract with guaranteed big bucks until his age 41 season.

      Cashman got rid of Cano by not locking him up long-term when Cano was in his late 20′s, and by allowing him to walk via free agency with no one to replace him in the minor league system. Why don’t you start your own baseball blog? You can call it “crapshoot.com.” The name’s already taken (“http://www.crapshoot.com/) by a site that has nothing to do with baseball, but maybe you can negotiate something…

    11. Mr. October
      March 3rd, 2014 | 8:01 pm

      Orioles fire back at Yankees after Brian Cashman’s jab

      “TAMPA, Fla. – Recently, Brian Cashman told the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff that the Orioles overperformed in 2012… The 2013 standings, when the Orioles finished tied with the Yankees at 85-77, behind the Red Sox and Rays, ‘was a market correction,’ Cashman said…

      Baltimore media… gave Orioles leaders a shot to fire back… [and] Showalter went at his old employers, jabbing at the fact they suffered lots of injuries in 2013, and, he believes, used it as an alibi. ‘The Yankees had some challenges with that last year,’ Showalter said, ‘as they talk about a lot.’”

      http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2014/03/orioles_fire_back_at_yankees_after_brian_cashmans_jab.html

      More positive media attention on the New York Yankees, courtesy of the highest-paid Senior Vice President and general moron in baseball… But give Brian Cashman credit for “not being fooled” that the team he’s been responsible for maintaining, and spent billions on, since 2005-06, didn’t have the talent to win in 2013-14 before spending another half-billion on it.

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