• Cashman: I Am Not Able To Address Yanks Problems On The Horizon

    Posted by on March 14th, 2014 · Comments (6)

    Well, that’s what I am hearing when I read this via Joel Sherman:

    In the here and now, Mark Teixeira, Brian Roberts and Derek Jeter are red-flag injury risks and Kelly Johnson is a neophyte third baseman. There is arguably no greater risk-reward infield in the whole sport than the Yankees’. They can have a high-production unit or a high-wire disaster.

    No matter the result, the Yankees are looking at a renovation for next season. Teixeira is signed through 2016, but Roberts and Johnson are on one-year contacts and Jeter already has announced this is his last season.

    In theory, the Yankees could re-sign Roberts and/or Johnson for a second tour of duty. But they know they will be lucky if both perform this season as one-and-dones.

    And the Yankees simply have no answers coming. Eduardo Nunez, Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna are even viewed internally by the Yankees as backups. Recent first-round picks, shortstop Cito Culver (2010) and third baseman Dante Bichette Jr. (2011), have lost prospect status. The Yankees have big hopes for last year’s first pick, third baseman Eric Jagielo, but he is years away.

    “I am very aware of [the coming crisis],” Brian Cashman said. “But being aware of it and being able to address it are very different.”

    Isn’t it his job to address it? And, if he cannot, isn’t it time to get someone in his place who can?

    Comments on Cashman: I Am Not Able To Address Yanks Problems On The Horizon

    1. Mr. October
      March 14th, 2014 | 4:50 pm

      Wasn’t it Cashman’s job to avoid this oncoming “crisis?”$200-40 million per year in financial resources allocated for player payroll since 2005-06 has not been enough money to fund this organization’s “corporate philosophy/business plan,” or “sacred obligation” of fielding “championship-caliber” teams every year through 2014?

      $2.0-2.5 billion spent on payroll since 2005-06, while Boston was spending approx. $1.5 billion, and most other franchises in MLB less than $1.0 billion, was not enough money to avoid this “crisis?” … At least this franchise has all of one (1) AL Pennant in the last ten (10) years to show for it…

    2. Evan3457
      March 14th, 2014 | 8:14 pm

      Crisis is Sherman’s term, not Cashman’s. Sherman is the one calling it a crisis.

      The Yanks have used their money this off-season to solve some of their problems. They still have other positions which look weak, at least on paper, before the season.

      “I am very aware of [the coming crisis],” Brian Cashman said. “But being aware of it and being able to address it are very different.”

      I read this as Cashman implying “at this moment”. Opportunities to address the team’s long-term issues have occurred. For now, they regard the options as too expensive or not worth it. (Drew, for example. They could’ve gone all out to sign Peralta. And so on.)

      Doesn’t mean they won’t solve these problems at some point in the next couple of years, especially as Hal gave up on the self-imposed payroll cap.

    3. Scout
      March 15th, 2014 | 10:01 am

      Don’t worry, folks. A-Rod will be back. 🙂

    4. March 15th, 2014 | 12:27 pm

      Look I have been saying for years this guy is on something. A GM’s job is build the organization. The team is uniquely unprepared for the future. I don’t think it is Cashman’s fault anymore, this is on the family, Cashman is not going to fire Cashman, and clearly that is what has to be done.

    5. March 15th, 2014 | 2:23 pm

      @ Joseph Maloney:
      Good point. As much as feel that Cashman is at fault for what’s wrong with the Yankees, at this stage, the Steins and Levine deserve some heat too for leaving him in there this long.

      @ Scout:

    6. Mr. October
      March 15th, 2014 | 9:12 pm

      Cashman is probably on something too, but his biggest problem is that he is not qualified to hold an executive position in MLB, or any industry… I wouldn’t let Brian Cashman cut my lawn, but the Steinbrenners have allowed him to maintain certain important responsibilities of an MLB GM because of Cashman’s family’s relationship with the “Yankee Family.” The Steinbrenners should have brought in a true GM and reassigned Brian Cashman to another executive position in the organization where he could do a lot less damage, but still afford his $90,000.00/month alimony payments and live comfortably in his new Connecticut home, a long time ago…

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