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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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1977 yankees
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Posted on: September 23, 2011 5:35 pm
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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Well played Cashman, well played. In the years to come, Crawford will be a bigger albatross then A-Rod is for the Yankees. Truth is you still need to respect A-Rod at the plate, Crawford is just a bit player who no longer is much of a baserunning threat or defensive player. What do you say we beat these chumps this weekend and knock em right out of the playoffs.



Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

   Wait a minute ......... what does 26M world championships have to ANYTHING to do with everyone sayng Cashman is a lying, childish, Monday Night QB fool !!  That's you Yankee fans answer to everything ............. 26M world championships !!  GEEZ !!  Can't you even stay with the subject thread !! ??


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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Why doesn't Cashman just keep his mouth shut? Do we have to deal with egos in managenent now as well as what we deal with in spoiled players?
You are a Raider fan right?  So does your self-serving critique of ego also apply to Al Davis?  Thanks for playing...



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

So when Cashman calls some agent to discuss interest in a player, his word will be worth...Absoloutely nothing.

Still I guess the agent doesn't mind fake meetings.  Even a fake interest helps their cause. 

However, this escallating gamesmanship has its price.  Can't you just see 30 meeting for every player who's a free agent, and never knowing who is serious and who is full of it?


Every agent on the planet would sign up for yankee interest in their clients...whether real or not.   Its the other TEAMS that dont want the Yankees driving up the price. The agents are all for bidding wars involving the Yankees, even if thy arent really interested. And seriously, you dont think agents use the Yankees to drive up prices also. You dont think Albert Pujols would LOVE to have the Yankees or Red Sox at least pretend to be interested in him...whether hed play for them or not?
Right, because everyone knows that agents are pillars of respect, honesty, and integrity.  We get it, you hate the Yankees.

Now why would you tell us all how shady and shifty it is for Cashman to drive the price up on free agents he has no interst in, and then revel and celebrate in the fact that other teams/agents have done it to the Yankees.  So let me make sure I have this correct.  When Brian Cashman drives the price up on other teams it is dishonest and shady.  When the same practice is done to the Yankees it is A-OK.  Consistent much?

When it comes to the Yankees, there are always too sets of rules for those blinded by emotion and hatred.  Why is it that the standard for the Yankees, in the eyes of the biased, alwauys higher than that for your own favorite team?  Is it because the Yankees themselves hold such a higher standard than other teams?

Its just like with the steroid issue.  There were hundreds of names on the steroid list, but only the Yankee players leaked out (the Boston owner headed up that committee).  Sure all the names are out now but by leaking only the Yankee players (all of which did steroids for OTHER teams) up front gave them all the focus.  How absurd was it for Ranger fans to boo the Yankees for steroids when A-rod WAS a Ranger when he did them?  See what I mean about the double standard?



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Why doesn't Cashman just keep his mouth shut? Do we have to deal with egos in managenent now as well as what we deal with in spoiled players?



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Why doesn't Cashman just keep his mouth shut? Do we have to deal with egos in managenent now as well as what we deal with in spoiled players?



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

The Red Sox where in bidding for Crawford with the Angels , everybody knew this , this guy is a real Knucklehead !!!


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