Hindsight is 20/20

Playing backseat GM is pretty easy when you have the benefit of hindsight. Being a successful GM requires a healthy dose of foresight, a large pinch of scouting, a fair amount of logic and business acumen, and a few gallons of luck. Which is, of course, why it’s so easy to play backseat, hindsight GM. See, in the middle of March, there began talk that the Yankees might...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 429: The Dodgers, DirecTV, and Baseball`s Broadcast Bubble/Your Finest Emails by Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

Ben and Zachary talk to David Lazarus about the Dodgers and baseball`s broadcast bubble, then answer emails about Scott Boras, Brian Cashman, the AL East, and more.
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Would Yankees Be Interested In Ike Davis?

At about the same time that pinch hitter Ike Davis‘ walk-off grand slam landed in the right field seats at Citi Field Saturday, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson should have picked up the phone and called Brian Cashman, writes Anthony Rieber of Newsday. The Yankees and Mets haven’t made a trade since 2004  when the Mets sent Mike Stanton to the Yankees in exchange for Felix...
Via Mets Merized Online
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees ship Nuney to Minnesota

(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Eduardo Nunez will be chasing down his helmet in the Twin Cities. It was announced yesterday that New York traded the 26-year-old infielder to Minnesota in exchange for 20-year-old left-handed pitcher Miguel Sulbaran. The Yankees had 10 days to either trade Nunez or place him on waivers after he was designated for assignment right before the season started...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Man the lifeboats, everybody. We seem to have a breach in the hull.

Let's face it: Whenever a key Yankee is helped off the field - as Mark Teixeira was last night - the recovery period should be measured in months, not weeks. Brian Cashman's happy mimeograph machine will spin Teixeira's MRI results the way Karl Rove projects GOP election votes. But if we see Tex on the field before Memorial Day, let's consider ourselves blessed.So...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Lineup Set, Gardner Batting 7th

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) After a very busy and expensive offseason, the entire roster that GM Brian Cashman put together will be ready on opening day at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Saturday’s spring training finale against the Miami Marlins had all the opening day starters penciled in together for the first time this spring, but the game was canceled due to rain. If...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Yanks Spending Spree Gets Them “In the Mix”

Normally the Yankees spending $400 plus million in an offseason would lead to assurances of an AL East title and October baseball. This time, all Brian Cashman did by acquiring Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann is get the Yanks back into the same Wild Card mix they were in last year. […]
Via Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers surpass Yankees as highest paying MLB team

For the first time in 16 years, the Yankees are not the highest-paying team in Major League Baseball. The Dodgers have overtaken the throne with their projected Opening Day payroll of $235 million, according to Ronald Blum of The Associated Press. That figure is $31 million more than what the Yankees will spend on player salaries, a bit of a surprise considering Brian Cashman and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Willing To Eat Part Of Ichiro’s Contract If Trade Is Right

  The Ichiro Yankees era coming to an end? The Yankees are ready and willing to eat part of the $6.5 million owed to Ichiro Suzuki for this season if they can get a young prospect back in return. Ichirio is currently playing backup to a crew of younger outfielders in Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran. The Yankees also have Alfonso Soriano, further limiting Ichiro’s...
Via BlackSportsOnline
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Matt Thornton the latest in the Cashman LOOGY Curse?

In the least celebrated move of the winter, the Yankees signed veteran LH bullpen lugnut Matt Thornton to a two-year contract. He was supposed to solve a problem that has haunted the team for 17 years: Finding the guy who can strike out a lefty slugger in the eighth inning of a tight game. Not since Graeme Lloyd, the super-Aussie bloke himself, arrived have the Yankees sported a...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Evil Empire Faces Long-Term Infield Problems

It's true that their 2014 infield situation is a disaster waiting to happen, but The Bronx Embalmers are in even worse shape for 2015. Derek Jeter is retiring (have you heard?), and while Mark Teixeira is signed through 2016, you get the feeling that Brian Cashman wishes he wasn't. So, The Pinstriped Posers are looking at Mr. Text Message, Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson and...
Via FenwayNation
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Yankees Consider Trading David Phelps?

Brian Cashman has a serious question to ask himself: how badly do the New York Yankees need infield insurance? The answer to that question will directly impact the answer to his next question: how seriously should New York listen to trade offers for David Phelps? We mentioned the other day that the Seattle Mariners had attended a New York spring training game to watch Phelps...
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cashman Slights Orioles With Honest Assessment

While the New York Yankees players and coaches are gearing up to beat the Baltimore Orioles during the season, their general manager is doing some competitive work of his own. That’s right, Brian Cashman took a shot at the orange birds this week, telling the New York Post that their successful 2012 was nothing more than a luck-based statistical improbability. Said Cashman, ...
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

3 Yankees Who Could Exceed Expectations

This time of year, every player is saying the right thing: it’s all about the team. From the stars to the roster invitees, every player talks about wanting the team to experience success, to turn things around, to win another championship. Every year, it’s the same thing. But deep down, each player craves individual success, even if they won’t admit as much to the media...
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka officially introduced by Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka, the newest member of the New York Yankees, was formerly introduced at a news conference on Tuesday. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, referring to the signing as both “Yankee big” and “Steinbrenner big,” introduced the pitcher. After manager Joe Girardi helped Tanaka slip on the Yankee pinstripes — No. 19 –  and a […]The post Masahiro Tanaka says...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Floating zeppelin hotel was in shop for repairs, so Yankee third starter arrives on private 787

Masahiro Tanaka, whom Brian Cashman hopes will fill the gap days between Hiroki Kuroda's looming apocalypse and the next sightings of Chris Bootcheck, came to the Homeland yesterday with a blitz of showmanship worthy of that blonde dragon lady on Game of Thrones, the one Seth MacFarlane is/was schztupping. He rented a Boeing 797 Dreamliner.Bravo, Professor Tanaka, bravo. In...
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Stephen Drew is Still Available

It remains unclear what the New York Yankees plan is regarding the infield. Brendan Ryan/Eduardo Nunez platoon? Mid-season trade? Who knows what Brian Cashman is thinking. And yet, through all the madness of offseason acquisitions, and with pitchers and catchers reporting all over, one notable player remains unsigned: Stephen Drew. Drew has been tied to the Yankees...
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Tamping down expections, are we? Cashman expects Tanaka to go 11-11

Brian Cashman says the gold-plated, 24-0, bulwark from Japan should function as the Yankees' third starter next year, after CC and Kuroda.Last year's number three was Andy Pettitte, who won 11 and lost 11.Well, here's one optimistic way of viewing it: At least Cashman doesn't figure Tanaka as starter Number Four.Last year, that was Phil Hughes. He went 4 and 14.Let...
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Cashman says it’s “asking too much” to expect Masahiro Tanaka to be an ace

Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka, who last month signed the fifth-largest contract for a pitcher in major league history, has the potential to be a "No. 3 starter," New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. "We view him to be a really solid, consistent No. 3 starter," Cashman said on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on ESPN Radio. "If...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Cashman Has Weird Comments about Tanaka and Sabathia

It’s kind of funny: just yesterday, I was talking about how Brian Cashman publicly endorsed Michael Pineda, which seemed slightly surprising, but was nice to see. And then today he went out and did the opposite, saying pretty detrimental things about his two top pitchers. Cashman was asked on Colin Cowherd’s ESPN Radio show about Tanaka, and took us by surprise, saying, ...
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Cashman Hopes Pineda is the Fifth Starter

I’ve made the blind assumption that David Phelps will be in the New York Yankees starting rotation come opening day. We all know that 80% of the spots are filled: CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Hiroki Kuroda, and Ivan Nova will all be starting, barring an unforeseen trade or injury. But the fifth? Most fans justifiably want Michael Pineda; after all, Pineda was dynamic in 2011...
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

What If the Yankees Fail in 2014?

Here’s a confession: I think the New York Yankees will be very good this year. I really do. Sure, they’ll have infield problems that they have to work around. But that lineup is dynamite, I have high expectations for the vast unknown that is the starting rotation, and I think that Baltimore and Boston will both take steps backwards in the coming season. I don’t think the...
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Let's face it: 2014 is Tanaka... or $189 million and retool

Between now and January 24, Masahiro Tanaka will decide the future of the New York Yankees. His agent will call Brian Cashman and give the verdict on whether the team should try to win this year or start looking down the road.Strange, how it's come to this, eh? We've tracked through a dead farm system, an aging lineup and the public banning of A-Rod. The Redsocks now sit...
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies, Tigers Among at Least Six Teams to Make Run at Brett Gardner

Brian Cashman‘s phone has been blowing up. The Phillies and Tigers are among at least six teams to make a run at Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner since New York signed Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran earlier this offseason, according to Peter Gammons. Gardner is slated to become a free agent next offseason, but Gammons says that the Yankees won’t move the 30-year-old speedster...
January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Brian Cashman on the hot seat in his contract year?

We talk a lot about player’s contracts. In the offseason, it’s almost all we talk about. Is so-and-so worthy of his contract? Will player X, whose contract is expiring, play well enough to get re-signed? And so on, and so forth. But players are not the only people whose contract situations should be followed. No, we should all have our eye squarely on Brian Cashman, who...
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

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