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Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 1:19 pm
Brian CashmanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Not only did Brian Cashman get an iPad for pretending to want Carl Crawford, he also got the Red Sox to (in retrospect) overpay.

Speaking to, the Yankees general manager admitted he didn't really have any interest in the left fielder, instead, he just wanted his rivals to have to shell out more money. In the end, Crawford signed a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox.

"I actually had dinner with the agent to pretend that we were actually involved and drive the price up," Cashman told "The outfield wasn't an area of need, but everybody kept writing Crawford, Crawford, Crawford, Crawford. And I was like, 'I feel like we've got Carl Crawford in Brett Gardner, except he costs more than $100 million less, with less experience."

For the $14 million that Crawford is making in 2011, he's hit .259/.295/.410 with 11 home runs, 55 RBI, 18 stolen bases and scored 63 runs. Gardner, two years younger than Crawford, made $530,000 this season and is arbitration-eligible after the season. He's hit .261/.347/.374 with seven home runs, 36 RBI, 46 stolen bases and 83 runs scored. He's also the better defensive player, so it's obvious Cashman made the right choice -- at least for this season.

Cashman said the team's pursuit of Cliff Lee, on the other hand, was very much real. Cashman also said he was ready to send catching prospect Jesus Montero to Seattle to get Lee at midseason.

"You take all the players traded when Lee went to Cleveland to Philly, Philly to Seattle, and Seattle to Texas, and Montero would've been by far the best player moved in any of those deals," Cashman told the website.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:39 pm

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

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Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:49 am

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

the yankees have won 27 championships true , but most of them where almost a century ago when babe ruth was thir star
yanks have won titles in the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 90's, and 00's. That's every decade but one since their first. They have won 7 titles from the 70's onward, which is as many as any other two teams combined.

but if we're interested in recency of success:

the celts 17 championships
One in the last 24 years. As a dynasty, the Celtics are so 1980's. Or 50's.

bruins 6 championships
One in the last 39 years. Including currently, so congrats on that, but if we're interested in recent success, you know, that's about it

red sox 6
Two in the 00's (same as the Yanks)  - that's also 2 in the last 92 years

patriots 3 championships
ah, now here we get to a recent record. Yes, the Pats ARE a recent success story - they won all their titles in the last 10 year. None in the last 6, but all in the last 10. They're no longer a dynasty - they were back in George W. Bush's FIRST administration. They're more a consistent contender. Now, three titles in 4 years is a very impressive accomplishment. In pro football, it's never been done by anyone else. Well, except the Cowboys. And Packers (twice - 5 out of 7, in fact, nice for Titletown USA). And Bears. And the Browns, if you count the AAFC (they actually appeared in AAFC and NFL title games for 11 straigh years with 5 AAFC and 3 NFL titles). But no one else. So that's nice, if a little bit old. I mean, the Steelers (twice), Giants, Saints, Colts and Packers have all won since then. That's TWO Mannings with a title since Braady's last...

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 3:25 pm

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Funny.  The best record in the AL in a year where the Yankees were picked to finish no better than third (and many said fourth) in the division, and non-baseball guys call him a clown.  I guess clown means one who outperforms all others lol.

The Yankees will play the starters against the johnny-come-lately Red Sox and will rest them against the Rays probably - sweet.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:43 am

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

I agree that Cashman looks like a fool right now, but I firmly believe that he wanted nothing to do with signing Crawford.  It made zero sense for the Yankees to sign him since they already had a much cheaper option in Gardner along with the fact that the Yanks need pitching and not more hitting.    

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2011 6:07 pm

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

This year thred sox are 4th in payroll not 2nd although their isnot much of a difference between 2nd to 5th the big differnce is th yankees and the rest of th league , that's why it i sio sweet when th Yankees CHOKE every year in the playoffs the pay that roid man Arod and the Cheeseburger Kid more than my A's whole team's saary haha and they still lose in th end
How about 2009?  Is that included in "every year?"  is winning a championship cconsidered choking?  If you want to see choking just look at the Jets lmao.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2011 6:04 pm

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Anyone can say anything after the fact. He sits back with the highest payroll every year and only 1 championship to show for it in the last 10 years. Don't know why they put up with that? A few years ago they had $190 million payroll while the Marlins,Pirates & Royals were in the $30 million range. But I have to admit the Yankees made the playoffs that year. Seriously, this guy is going to talk about flying people in & going to dinner with no intention or interest whatsoever? I guess money isn't an object in his world. By the way,fans,how do you like those ticket prices?
This could as easily apply to the Redf Sox of course as well.  Why do so many hate capitalism?

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2011 5:59 pm

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

There is an old Aesop's fable that is this story over and over again. In that one a Fox jumps to get some grapes from the vine but he can't get them because they are too high. Birds and squirrells and other animals come and eat the grapes but the fox jumps and jumps. He finally gives up and while being made fun of by the birds simply says he really didn't want the grapes at all he was just having fun jumping.

Cashman has had one of the best jobs in sports for many years. He gets all the money he wants or needs to carry out the bidding of upper management at any cost. He is basically a broker. Upper mangement puts in their order for a certain player or number of shares, and he goes and gets their player or stock. Their ceiling is always overpaying, so most of the time they get what they want over responsible people. Crawford thought Boston was the right place for him, and I do believe Boston outbid the Yankees for him, because they thought they would need the money for Lee, who became my favorite player outside of my own team for spurning all the other offers to go where he wanted. Weaver in LA is in the same club. Neither of them can spend the money they got in 10 lifetimes, but they could easily could have gotten more, even from the teams they signed with. They simply said, that is enough money for me, and I want to be home, and not in NYC. Good for them.
Okay, we are all familiar with the fable, but wwhy bring it up as it bears no relevance or resemblance to the article?  Normally when one brings up a fable, it is because it has the same moral as the reeal world story.  This one of course does not.  The fox couldn't get the grapes and said he didn't want them anyway.  Cashman got better grapes for much less money.


Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2011 5:55 pm

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

And 77 yankee the most winnigest franchise in all sports is manchester united not the new york yankees and the one with the best winning percentge in all sports ( per championships as apossed to years in exstitence) is the boston celtics ......
Wrong.  27 titles is more than Manchester's 19 league trophies, and with the European Cup, a league trophy is more like winning your division.  They have just one European Cup.

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