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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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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:23 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?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Cashman is a joke - he would have said the same thing if the SOX had ponied up the money for Texeira...  The truth of the matter is, Cashman is GM in title only.  He has never had final say on any free agent contracts.  Before the Yankee fans jump all over me, I'm not saying you don't have a great team.  I'm just saying that Cashman is irrelevant in the big scheme of things.  Hey Cashman, instead of patting yourself on the back, explain the ARod contract to us again...

Well thats not really true although he obviously does get over ruled from time to time, particularly when it comes to big name players.  



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Why don't you explain to us why you overpaid against nobody for Burnett?

The Yanks needed pitching and they had a ton of money coming off the books and Burnett was a Red Sox(and Yankee) killer.  Next question... 



Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

I kind of get the feeling that MLB is is playing puppet master. Russell Martin and his new found hatred of the Red Sox and the  report at mid-season that the Yankess Red Sox rivalry has gotten to be a "gentelmanly", That cant be good for fall ratings for MLB. Better drive up those ratings oh I mean passion. Nothing to see here move along. 



Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

He's also the only one to have his team win 5 championships, appear in 7 WS and make the playoffs every year but 1 since 96' not bad to win more titles in 15 years than most teams have ever won wouldn't ya say?



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

It seems to the Sawx fans on here are quite bitter about their impending impolsion to end the season.  I'm a Mets fan so I kinda know how you feel...but there's no reason to take out your frustration on Cashman and the Yanks.  He was simply responding to a question, go take a look at the video of the interview.

It's not Cashman's or the Yankees' fault that you've lost 14 of your last 16.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

Sux fans got duped...sux fans about to make history as the worst team in the history of the MLB...tough days



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 2:53 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.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Yanks' Cashman faked interest in Crawford

This is Monday Morning QB BS! If Crawford went out this year and hit .310 with 24hrs and 85 rbi with 45 sb, do you think we hear this same crap from Cashman? I suppose the Sox really didn't want AROD or Contreras either? Or the Yankees didn't want Matzusaka? PAAAAAALEEEESE..



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 2:32 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?


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