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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: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 6:37 pm
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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 6:37 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?



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 6:35 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?



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

do you know how many millions they have to waste?
$142 million less than last year????



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Why all this hate on the Yankees for what Casgman did? I camn remember the Celtics doing rhe same thing to the Knicks some years back and not a thing was said outside Boston saying ..keep away from our players.
Double standard



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Yeah, I'm sure that's what you did, Cashman. You're only saying this now after the season is over and Crawford sucked.  If he played lights out, Cashman wouldn't have said a thing.  What a jerk.  As if the Sox care, do you know how many millions they have to waste? Tons.  God, I hate the Yankees.



Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

I disagree. I think a very smart thing to do because the next time Boston will have to wonder if Cashman is bluffing or if he is actually interested in a free agent. This is the difference between the Yankees and the Red Sox. The Red Sox spend so much time worrying about the Yankees they forget everything else. Look at this year. head to head Boston wore us out. But at the end of the year who won the division? Boston should have cared less that the Yankees were interested in Crawford. They should have set a figure they would pay and that is that. But, they didn't. The were worried about the Yankees. Instead of signing him they should have went after some pitching.



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

I love it.... these two teams hate each other so bad that they engage in dirty tricks to cost the other team either money, time or players.  That's what happens when you get into a bidding war with the NY Yankees!  If Carl Crawford doesn't turn things around in the future, Boston is handcuffed with his contract for a very long time.  Welcome to our (the real) world Boston!



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

This was a stupid thing for Cashman to do. We already know this sort of stuff goes on between the Yanks and Sox but to go on record and say it just gives the Sox more motivation to do the same to you. Should have just kept your mouth shut. 



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

so if I read the article correctly, either:
  • It's Cashman's fault that Epstein overpaid for Crawford, or
  • It's not Cashman's fault that Epstein overpaid for Crawford.
Which is worse for Theo - that he did with, or without, Cashman's help?



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