You're wrong, Michael Kay: Why the Yankees' struggles are not just about this year

Here we are, nine games into the season. The Yankees have gone 1-2 in each of its first three series of the year, putting them at 3-6 -- and in last place. Meanwhile, the Red Sox (6-3) and the Mets (7-3) are in first place. Yikes!So Yankee GM Brian Cashman was doing damage control yesterday, giving multiple interviews to the media to set the subject of the reporters' off-day articles...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Same old, same old: Brian Cashman looks silly after getting ripped off (again) by Dave Dombrowski

The New York Post's Joel Sherman wrote an excellent column yesterday about how it looks like Yankees GM Brian (Fredo) Cashman was again "fleeced" by Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski. I have been banging this drum for years, and now Sherman is making his own noise in his Post column. He went through all the times that Dombrowski has gotten the better of Cashman, going back to when the Tigers...
Via Subway Squawkers
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Let's Win One For The Gipper !

These Yankees are fighters.They don't go out with a whimper, but with a bang.Sure, Cashman has created another phoney set of hopes and expectations.True, the " I'm not cheap" brothers failed to invest in the future.But, dammit, these Yankees are going down to Tampa ( St. Petersburg, actually ), to take on the last, but not least, of their AL East division rivals.  And they are going...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Latest news from the meltdown front: No lead is safe

Last winter, Brian Cashman played an interesting strategy... sort of like in the board game Risk, when you stash all your armies in Australia. He hoarded bullpen "power" arms. He traded Frankie Cervelli for one. (Frankie's hitting .304 in Pittsburgh.) He traded Manny Banuelos for two of them. (Manny with a 2.08 ERA at Triple A.) He traded Shawn Kelly, a power arm, for another one...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees' Cashman: A-Rod making case to be full-time DH

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Alex Rodriguez is making a case to be the team's full-time designated hitter and Adam Warren has taken a big lead to become the fifth starter. Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, is returning from a one-year drug suspension. A-Rod entered Wednesday hitting .286 (8 for 28) with two homers. ''We'll talk about all these...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Cashman: A-Rod making case for DH

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Alex Rodriguez is making a case to be the team's full-time designated hitter and Adam Warren has taken a big lead to become the fifth starter. Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, is returning from a one-year drug suspension. A-Rod entered Wednesday hitting .286 (8 for 28) with two homers. ''We'll talk about all these...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Blue Links: Brian Cashman’s Kentucky connection

Big Blue Links for Wednesday: New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman relishes his Kentucky connection, reports David Waldstein of the New York Times. “Cashman acknowledges that as much as he loves basketball, he was never a great player and … Continue reading →
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26 days ago

When money trumps talent: Why the Yankees won't bring up Jose Pirela

Spring training is supposed to be a time where baseball farmhands have the opportunity to play their way into the big leagues. But when it comes to the Yankees these days, "Know your place, rook" is the rule. And the place these rookies will be is the minor leagues, instead of with the Yankees. How frustrating, as I noted in this recent column.Yankee prospect Jose Pirela, after impressing...
Via Subway Squawkers
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees make second round of cuts

The Yankees will play the Braves today from Orlando, but their bus will be a little lighter as they make the trip. After last night’s game, the Yankees announced a few cuts from the big league camp.Catcher Gary Sanchez was optioned to Trenton, RHP Domingo German to Tampa and RHP Branden Pinder to Scranton. Infielders Greg Bird and Kyle Roller were assigned to the minor-league camp...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Chili Davis' Choice Of Red Sox Over Evil Empire

(Eagle-Tribune Photo)Chili Davis won two World Series rings with the Yankees in the late 1990s. So, when Brian Cashman made a push to sign him as the hitting coach of The Bronx Embalmers, he was obviously interested. However, in 2011, the Boston Red Sox offered Davis his first coaching position ever—hitting coach at AAA Pawtucket. So, when Ben Cherington came 'a-calling', Davis...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

With Stephen Drew, Yankees show (again!) that they have no imagination

Remember that talk this winter that there might actually be a competition at spring training for second base, with Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela competing for the role? Remember how Brian Cashman claims pretty much every year that the Yankees need to get younger and more athletic? Heck, even remember the fact that Cashman signed great-defensive/light-hitting infielder Brendan Ryan...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

The myth of Brian Cashman's successful moves in the 2014 season -- and beyond

I had to laugh when I saw Brian (Fredo) Cashman pump his chest and brag to the New York Post's Kevin Kernan about he could get the Yankees to win the World Series. Really, Bri? Here is what Cashman said when asked what the expectations were for the Yankees this season: "Playoffs and then beyond,’’ GM Brian Cashman told The Post. “Be a good enough team to get to the playoffs...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

"I'm never pain-free," Yankee golden oldie Carlos Beltran sez:

Longtime Squawker readers know that I was against the Carlos Beltran signing. The fact that the St. Louis Cardinals, arguably the smartest franchise in baseball, let him go was a huge warning sign. Another warning sign was Beltran's propensity for injury. That, combined with his age -- he will be 39 at the end of his deal with the Yankees -- made me wonder, and not for the first...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Brian "Eliot Ness" Cashman & The Untouchables

The Yankees "have come/were the closest" to landing Cole Hamels. Depending on what you read, Cole Hamels was either almost a Yankee or is almost a Yankee. Whatever the case, it's insane. There's no telling what Phillies GM Ruben Amaro would ask for. I only hope the Yankees don't cave and give up the future. According to Pinstriped Prospects, that future includes, but is not limited...
Via Lady At The Bat
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Brian Cashman: Derek Jeter Should Be Last Team Captain In Yankees History

Derek Jeter is gone, and now New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman thinks the team’s captaincy should go, too. The Yankees are entering their first Jeter-less season since 1994, and there’s no one wearing the imaginary captain’s “C” Jeter was given in 2003. Cashman thinks that the Yankees should retire the captaincy along with Jeter....
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

For Brian Cashman & The Yankees Captaincy, Time Heels All Wounds

In July of 1979, shortly after Thurman Munson was killed in a plane crash, there was a good amount of sentiment that the team's captaincy should be retired.  More than a few people felt that Munson should be the last official leader of the ball club.His death was that much of a tragedy.Well, that all changed three years later, when Graig Nettles was named captain. Then, in 1986...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Running out of numbers to retire, Yanks may jettison letter "C"

What is it with an Evil Empire that everything is supposed to be immortal and last forever? It's one thing to retire the jersey of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. With all due respect... It's another to retire Jorge Posada's number. Now, the team's GM wants to retire a Yankee tradition. Says the Gray Lady:General Manager Brian Cashman reiterated on Thursday what he said on at least...
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The Yankees Are Never Going To Stop Pleasuring Derek Jeter

The Patron Saint Of The DenialToday in Tampa, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that "I'm not going to recommend anyone being named captain of the New York Yankees right away."That's because Jeter, a below replacement level shortstop in his final season whose lack of performance may have been the key contributor to the team not making the playoffs, but who the hell cares because he sold...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Brian Cashman: Derek Jeter should be final Yankees captain

For over a decade, Derek Jeter served as captain for the New York Yankees. During that time he appeared in numerous all-star games, won a World Series, and carried himself in a way that made him one of the more beloved Yankees in the team’s storied history. With his career now over, there is no...Read More
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Cashman/Headwarmer Dialogues: Moncada? Where Would We Play Him?

The latest entry in the long-running series in which Brian Cashman discusses the current state of the New York Yankees. With his headwarmer. Cashman: Gotta say, headwarmer, we really dodged a bullet with Moncada. Headwarmer: Oh? Do tell, turkey ****. Cashman: I don’t want to say the Red Sox got screwed. But the kid’s raw. Untested in the bigs. To roll out that kind of money...
Via Surviving Grady
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees lose Yoan Moncada sweepstakes, angering parts of fanbase

The New York Yankees are ALWAYS expected to outbid their opponents for the best of the best players. Well, George Steinbrenner has been dead for several years now and it’s time some Yankees fans understand those days are long gone.Moncada, a 19-year-old Cuban prospect, is loved by every scouting analyst there is. He projects to be a second or third baseman, but could land in the...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: New York Yankees

The Yankees have finished in third and second place, respectively, during the past two seasons. As you know, that doesn’t cut it in the Bronx. Yet general manager Brian Cashman apparently had little to spend this winter, after throwing big money at four top free agents last year. Will the Yankees suffer for not getting an ace-caliber starter during the offseason? Or is Cashman...
Via The Outside Corner
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

For the last two years, the Yankees have conducted elaborate farewell tours; this year, how about a season-long "apology" tour?

I woke up this morning - as always - pondering ways to help the Yankees. It is the thinking fan's job to constantly come up with strategic advantages, which could steal us a regular season win - and maybe propel us to a championship. Brian Cashman and Randy Levine have enough on their plates. We free-thinkers represent the Fourth Plank of Yankee Smart Power.Here are my ideas.1. This...
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez apologizes to Yankees

I know I vowed to stop covering A-Rod at TOC until he actually did something actually on the field related to baseball, but I believe that his meeting with the Yankees today is a newsworthy. Rodriguez and the Yankees met today at Yankee Stadium, and New York released a statement on their website following that meeting. “Today we held a meeting at Yankee Stadium between...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees head toward spring training, offseason plan intact

The New York Yankees had a plan for this offseason and despite some eye-candy on the free-agent market they have stuck to it. In recent winters, the Yankees tended to offer lip service about creating a new methodology for handling roster decisions and took a detour. As spring training is set to begin in the coming days, the club seems ready to proceed down the path originated in...
Via Yankees Unscripted
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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