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Cashman: Jeter likely to become OF

Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: January 25, 2011 1:52 pm
Derek Jeter
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman attended a breakfast Tuesday morning sponsored by a New York radio station, and espnW contributor Amanda Rykoff relayed some of his comments via Twitter.

* Cashman would be "surprised" if Derek Jeter plays shortstop for the four-year duration of his contract, predicting Jeter will move to the outfield. But ... but ... Jeter is the best shortstop in the league! Gold Glove voters said so!

* Asked who was the better team right now, the Yankees or Red Sox, he answered, "Red Sox. But we have a better bullpen." OK, points for candor there, as that probably won't play well in the Bronx.

* No chance of Joba Chamberlain returning to the rotation, because he "hasn't been the same" since the 2008 shoulder injury he suffered in Texas.

* A.J. Burnett "knows he has a problem and he's doing all he can to fix it."

* "We're one starter away from being a World Series contender."

UPDATE: After the Jeter thing predictably caught fire online, Cashman backtracked a bit in a conversation  with the Star-Ledger, saying it was just a hypothetical and not anything that has been discussed as being imminent.

"We'll deal with that if he loses something and forces us to deal with that. That's not where we're at," he said, adding that the casual exchange at a fan breakfast was a "baseball conversation, not a declaration, not an announcement, nothing of that nature."

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 2:49 pm

Cashman: Jeter likely to become OF

Cashman is a horrible, just horrible GM.  He recieves so much praise for no apparent reason.  Yankess could have had "Doc" Halladay if Cashman would have dealt Joba and Melky.  Burnett is being paid like he is an ace.  Pavano deal was all Cashman, and this season they contacted him again. 

No other teams payroll would allow Cashman the contstant mistakes he keeps making...Granderson for A.Jackson???  A.Rod gets 275 million over 10 years to put up pedestrain numbers, why?

If the Yankees were smart they would part with Cashman before he trades Montero or goes out and gives the farm away for Zambrano.

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 2:06 pm

Cashman: Jeter likely to become OF

If someone would read through the lines and knowing what went on with Jeter's off season contract talks, you'd think Cashman has it in for Jeter. It reminds me how The Boss used to pick on his stars every now and then. Too bad Cashman ain't no Boss.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 2:00 pm

Cashman: Jeter likely to become OF

Jeter as an of might be worse than Jeter as a shortstop. You put him in the outfield in 2012 and you could be looking at a .280 .330 .700 corner infielder. That's pretty brutal. If Jeter does not have a bounce back season i really hope he retires after getting 3000. If he does manage to play well in 2011, wow what a bonus.

Yanks need a pitcher. No doubt. for now a solid number 3 or 4 would fit the bill. As the season unfolds I'm sure a number 2 will become available.

The Yankees should be in the thick of the playoff race and with some good trades, perhaps they will be able to win it all.

Crawford is a speedster that will help the red sox for a few years, but not for seven. Speed doesn't slump, but it slows.....

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 1:28 pm

Cashman: Jeter likely to become OF

Jeter needs to move to the outfield in 2012 after his range diminishes even more this year, his batting average does not get back over .300, he can't get to even more balls hit to him this year, and still manages to win another gold glove.  I said it when he won it and that was that Andrus should have won the gold glove.  He not only outplayed Jeter defensively in the ALCS, but reached base more also.  And as far as Joba, he is not moving back to the starting rotation because he can't even pitch in relief.  He was overhyped from the start and once hitters figured him out in that "bug game" in Cleveland, he has not been the same since.  I was at a game when he started and he pitched well early, but by the 5th inning, he was out of gas.  There is no way he can be a starting pitcher.  I thought he had a chance when he came up to be a good closer, but if he has trouble coming in with men on base and getting batters out, there is no way he can start.  And as far as Cashman, he is terrible.  He assumed Lee would sign and instead, he chose Philly.  By this time, Boston made its splash getting Crawford and trading for Gonzalez.  They could have gotten Crawford and signed a pitcher and instead are relying on Andy Pettitte to un-retire.  Cashman may say they have a great bullpen, but by the time they get to that bullpen, the terrible rotation will have put them in a hole.  Besides Sabathia, there are no sure things in that rotation. Hughes has potential and was solid last year, but lost his edge in the second half, Burnett is wildly inconsistent, and that is only 3 starters.  A team needs 5 and they are prepared to go with two unproven guys in Nova and Mitre as their 4th and 5th starters.  There is no way they are winning with that rotation.  Add that to an aging lineup that burned out at the end of the season.  Meanwhile, Cashman felt they did not need to make changes.  What will happen is they will disappoint like in 2008 and chaos will ensue, costing Cashman his job and they will get someone with a brain (not someone who has lasted this long because he was GM of the Yankees and had an unlimited checkbook).  That new GM will then go on a free agent shopping spree and make that big trade much like Boston did this winter.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:54 am

Cashman: Jeter likely to become OF

It would only make sense for Jeter to move to the OF in a few years. The guy is still a very good hitter and great on the bases, so why not move postions if it keeps you in the lineup. He is still a SS for 2011, were talking toward the end of his contract.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:31 am

Cashman: Jeter likely to become OF

"knows he has a problem and he's doing all he can to fix it."

What, Burnett is retiring? Tongue out

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:09 am

Cashman: Jeter likely to become OF

Wow....time to dump Cashman.  Thanks for your service, Brian: time for you to start looking for work elsewhere. 

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