And he says the Yankees are done being big spenders -
Surely, more grandiose competitions await in free agency for the old stalwarts of spending.
“I know one thing. We’re not planning that way,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the Herald. “We’re waiting to transition out of some contracts and some older players and then eventually I’m hoping that we develop enough young players that would prevent us from having to go crazy in the free agent market. Because that’s . . . you get slaughtered doing that. Doesn’t mean we won’t participate in free agency, but we’re hoping to develop.”
If the GM of the Yankees, a man who worked under late owner George Steinbrenner, thinks free agency can be tantamount to slaughter, everyone else is doomed.
“Just pure dollars,” Cashman said. “Bottom line is free agency creates an open competition, so that’s why players come out of free agency so much more financially higher than when you’re in the arbitration arena or in the control arena. It’s just a huge — completely different animal.”
Cashman’s not wrong. But Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper are set to hit the market after the 2018 season. Surely, then the big-boy bidding starts anew. Exceptions to be made.
“I know a lot of people are speculating about some of these young, some of these superstars that are with other clubs currently that their contracts are expiring and potentially could be free agents in years in the future,” Cashman said. “And my attitude is, I’d rather develop our own so I don’t have to go to marketplace to spend $100 million plus to go get somebody else. Somebody else’s asset that’s now older and got some wear and tear on ’em.
“So our hope is that some of our young talent can emerge like (catcher) Gary Sanchez just did. But I mean, the Yankees and Red Sox have been knocking heads in international and the draft as well as free agency for decades, and that will always be the case, but the way the game’s set up now too, Toronto, Baltimore, Tampa (Bay), anybody can compete.”
Here’s the joke – Cashman, because of his talent and skills, and lack thereof, will never be able to build a championship team with a payroll under $200 million. Never…ever. Not…going…to…happen.