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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 ESPNNewYork.com, 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 ESPNNewYork.com. "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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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

This year getting Crawford probably cost the sox some starting pitching which the sox desperately need. Nice move by Cashman.
Going into the season, the Red Sox were not concerned with starting pitching.  Lester and Bucholtz were supposed to be their big guns with Beckett and Lackey trailing.  Beckett turned into a stud, but Bucholtz got hurt.  Lester has been slightly better than mediocre and Lackey has been a disaster.  It's the nature of the beast.  Considering the only free agent pitcher worth getting was Cliff Lee (who, in my opinion, didn't have an interest in playing for the Sox), I don't know what pitching they could have spent for.  They used their most valuable pieces to get Adrian Gonzalez, so there wasn't much to trade.  The fact of the matter is that the Red Sox were on a 100 win pace before September.  That was without Bucholtz, with a mediocre Lester, and an atrocious Lackey.


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Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

"It is not how much you spend that matters. It is what you make the other son of a b--tch spend that wins the day". That quote is an adaptation of a General Patton quote. The Yankees will always have enough money to pay for players. Boston has a lot to spend too, but does have a limit. If the sox spent too much money on Crawford they skimped somewhere else. This year getting Crawford probably cost the sox some starting pitching which the sox desperately need. Nice move by Cashman.



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:56 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



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:50 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 ......



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Yanks you are crazy , the yankees have won 27 championships true , but most of them where almost a century ago when babe ruth was thir star lol the yankees have won 27 , you said thats more than the celtics , bruins, pat an sox combined well lets see the celts 17 championships, bruins 6 championships ,red sox 6 championships , patriots 3 championships .... But where i come from that amounts to 32 and i believe that is higher than 27 although i coul be wrong Lomao



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Cashman is an idiot.  He's only saying he didn't want Crawford because Crawford is doing poorly and he doesn't want to look like an idiot for pursuing a guy who's having a bad season.  If Cashman had felt that way all along, why didn't he say it the day after Crawford signed with the Sox?  It's amazing how stupid he sounds.  It's easy to be a good GM when you can sign anybody you want.  Oh wait, he couldn't sign Cliff Lee.  I guess the Yankees can't get EVERYBODY they want.





Since: Jun 21, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

This is not " new news ".  The events surrounding this story began to surface in December, and more so during Spring Training.  In fact, Bob Ryan said as much on ESPN today.  The Sox are a smart organization, as are the Yanks.  This is two organizations trying to " one up " the other.  Gamesmanship.  The Sox were obviously happy with the deal, and I'm they sure considered what they could spend.  In business, you also need to know your competition and their needs.  Personally I did not see a need for Crawford on the Yanks, but I know they need pitching.  We all know that.   Whether or not Crawford is overpaid is in the eye of the beholder.  Yes, he is still young and can rebound back to his historical averages and earn what he is being paid.  There are some red flags though that I am sure the Sox considered:  Crawford is moving from hitting on artificial turf to grass, and he is going from a team with little visibility ( Rays ) to a highly visible team in the Boston Red Sox and the pressure to perform.  I do not know if Crawford has the mental make up to be successful in that environment of fan and media scrutiny. Only time will tell.   What Cashman did was make the Sox tie up a lot of money that should have been used for pitching.  Baseball is all  about pitching, and the team with the pest pitching is going to win.  The Yankees will find this out if they make it to the Series.  All three National League Division winners have better pitching than their American League counterparts, and I fully expect the National League to win the Series this year.     
 


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