Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Cashman must absolutely despise Sonny Gray

Here's something you don't see every day, Chauncey: Cooperstown Cashman publicly outlining a future trade. 

In fact, if there was a "Cashman Rule" for our tight-lipped, Hall of Fame-bound super GM, it would be that he never, ever, discloses Yankee plans before they've been enacted. There's no benefit. Over the years, if rumors linked us to Dopey Dildox, you could almost bet we'd sign Filthy McNasty. Misdirection of the Gammonites has been Cash's "thing," his "groove," his "signature move..." and yet...

Lately, the nut graf in Cashman's winter 2018 road show - after saying the Yankees haven't decided on this guy, and won't talk about that guy, and might chase him, or maybe somebody else, because they don't talk about this in public... and oh! by the way! we're trading that mutherfucking Sonny Gray!


“We are going to move him if we get the right deal because I don’t think it is going to work out in The Bronx,” Cashman told me [NY Post] Monday at the GM Meetings. “I don’t feel like we can go through the same exercise and expect different results.”

Thus far, this is Cashman's winter agenda: Give lifetime achievement contracts to to CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner, keep Jacoby Ellsbury in the witness protection program, clean the garage, lose 20 pounds, figure out Snapchat... and trade that mutherfucking Sonny Gray.

Strange, but when Carl Pavano reigned as the Yankee Great Mistake, I don't recall Cash announcing that he was a goner. Nor did Kei Igawa ever win that sad distinction. Moreover, Cashman shows Jesus-like compassion in forgiving Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird for 2018, when neither performed much better than Runny Sonny. And really... does it improve one's bargaining position to state flatly that you intend to move a player, that he's done in New York?

My guess: Gray is a walking reminder of Cashman's greatest flaw as a GM: His weakness in acquiring future aces - so-called "power arms" - to lead the Yankees. Over the years, Cashman has actually done quite well in trading for position players - (think: Didi, Aaron Hicks, Luke Voit.) But when you look at starting rotations, from Javier Vasquez to Jeff Weaver, from Michael Pineda to Mr. Sonny, his track record goes off the rails. (In fact, yesterday Cash was defending his failure to land Chris Sales, when the White Sox were dangling him, saying Chicago wanted the likes of Sevy and Judge. But somehow, Boston figured out how to do it without losing Benintendi or Devers, or even Rodriguez or Jackie Jr. And that's why they are still partying.)

And here's our dilemma: This is the winter when Cashman must sign at least two more "power arms." So how will he blow it this time? Will he trade a hay wagon full of prospects for another Pine Tar Pinata? Or sign another Pavano? Whatever he does, he better not fail. 

And if a deal goes south, the last thing Cashman needs is a walking reminder of his dismal past. So... so long, Sonny. It's not that you were certifiably awful. And it's not that you're done. It's just what you represent. And on the Yankees, that's something you do see almost every day, Chauncey. 

10 comments:

13bit said...

Oh yeah...

KD said...

Ah! a mention of The Bronx Buttocks!

if you've never watched the IIH Yankeeography for Pavano, you have to check it out. (Way down on the left.) Honestly, that's the bit that caused me to fall hard for Mr. Duque. (OK, that plus the Farnsworth one.)

BTW, I don't get the Sonny hate either. It can't increase his trade value. counterproductive, for sure. Duque must be correct. It's a reminder to Coops of a personal weakness and he hasn't the integrity to blame his own self for his shortcomings.

John M said...

CC is coming back again. Happ on the front burner.

John M said...

Oh, and by the way.

Cashman sucks.

Anonymous said...

SEEMS LIKE COOP HAS LOST HIS MIND.

IT'S COUNTER PRODUCTIVE TO KEEP ANNOUNCING HOW SONNY MUST GO.

GARDY. (7.5 MILL).

CC. (8 MILL).

THAT'S 15.5 MILLION WE COULD HAVE BETTER APPLIED TO OUR NEEDS. (NOT SECURING A 36 YEAR OLD DECLINING OUTFIELDER, AND A 39 YEAR OLD PITCHER WHO CAN'T GO 4 FULL INNINGS).

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PLAN IS, BUT AS USUAL, COOP IS SCARING THE SHIT OUT OF ME.

WE ARE ALL EXPECTING ROCKETS RED GLARE THIS WINTER, THEN I READ A REPORT SAYING, "YANKS TRYING TO IMPROVE PITCHING BY ACQUIRING J HAPP, CC SABATHIA, AND PATRICK CORBIN THIS WINTER."

ACQUIRING?

WE ALREADY HAD 2 OF THE 3!

DOES THIS MEANS WE ARE GONNA THROW NEAR $100 MILLION INTO 1 N.L. PITCHER AND HOPE FOR THE BEST?...OMG.

FRANCESA KEEPS SAYING THE YANKS AND HARPER "ARE 2 MAGNETS DRAWN TO EACH OTHER."
HE INSISTS THE YANKS ARE GETTING HIM. HE EVEN MENTIONED HARPER AT 1ST BASE.

AT THIS POINT, I HOPE WE GET HARPER.

I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE DANIEL MURPHY, BUT IT SURE LOOKS LIKE IT'S NOT CASHMAN'S TYPE PLAYER.

SURE, WHY WOULD MURPHY BE A "CASHMAN TYPE PLAYER"?....HE'S ONLY A LEFT HANDED, LOW STRIKEOUT, CLUTCH, CONTACT, .300 HITTER, WHO CAN KNOCK IN A FUCKING RUN WITH THE BASES LOADED AND NO OUTS.....WHY WOULD HE WANT THAT?

INSTEAD I SEE THE NAME "MARWIN GONZALEZ" MENTIONED. (.247 LAST YEAR)....-BUT HE CAN PLAY SHORT, FIRST AND LF)!

NOW THAT IS MORE "COOP-LIKE"!

KILL ME.

KILL ME NOW.


HoraceClarke66 said...

I feel the same, ALL-CAPS. I mean, I love CC and Gardy, but they're done. Really done. Gardy is just a shadow of his former self, and CC could easily tweak a gonad in the spring and be gone for the season.

Basically, Hal saved another $2 million with the CC re-signing. Hooray.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Something is indeed very wrong here, Duque.

"I don't feel like we can go through the same exercise and expect different results."

Um, going through the same exercises and expecting different results is Cashman's modus operandi. If he's giving that up, we're facing a change for the radically worse.

TheWinWarblist said...

Cashman sucks. T'is true. So true.

Anonymous said...

Great way to destroy your leverage in a trade by publicly announcing how eager you are to get rid of the guy. Cashman has an IQ in negative territory.

Joe Formerlyof Brooklyn said...


News I learned about this AM:

1. Shoulder surgery for ICS. No kidding!

2. Cashmoney says Bird could end up in AAA. No kidding?

3. Scott Boras thinks Yankees avowed disinterest in Bryce Harper is a negotiating ploy. His reference: 2008, when they said the same thing about Texeira, and then handed him $180 million.

On Sonny Gray, my suspicion is that Cashman wants to KEEP Gray. He's worked very hard to paint himself (and his team) into a corner by destroying any value he could realize in a trade. Yeah, I know, this is conspiracy theory stuff. I am also actively suspicious of the official explanation of 9/11. I apologize.