Tag:Brian Cashman
Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:45 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 10:47 pm

Jeter ready to return after rehab stint

Derek Jeter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

In what is expected to be his last rehab start, Derek Jeter went 1 for 2 with a bunt single, a walk and a throwing error in six innings for Double-A Trenton on Sunday. In two games with Trenton, he was 2 for 4 with two walks and played 11 innings in the field at shortstop.

Jeter was placed on the disabled list last month with a strained right calf and played both Saturday and Sunday nights in Trenton. He is expected to be in the lineup for Monday's game in Cleveland, where he continues his run at 3,000 career hits. He has 2,994 as he returns from injury.

Jeter has two hits in six plate appearances against Cleveland's scheduled starter, Josh Tomlin.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was in Trenton the last two nights to see Jeter and told the Associated Press, "He's good to go."

Jeter was named a starter for the All-Star Game earlier on Sunday, marking his 12th All-Star selection.

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Posted on: May 13, 2011 10:26 am

Pepper: Rivalry weekend in MLB

By Matt Snyder

BASEBALL TODAY: Excited about rivals getting together? Danny Knobler joins Adam Aizer to look at some exciting matchups as the weekend approaches. Watch the video above.

FOUR INNINGS FOR WEBB: Brandon Webb made another start in extended spring training Thursday and pitched four innings. The big issue thus far in his rehab progress has been velocity, specifically a lack thereof. Thursday he reportedly averaged around 84 m.p.h. and topped out at 86. That's still pretty bad for someone who wants to be an effective major-league pitcher -- unless he plans on being a great knuckleballer -- but it is an improvement from what we've heard over the course of the past month, when he was sitting high-70s and low-80s. Considering he's still pain-free, maybe some progress is being made. (ESPN Dallas)

SQUEEZED: Based upon data from PitchFX, BaseballAnalytics.org checked out which pitchers have had the fewest percentage of called strikes within what is supposed to be the strike zone. It's pretty interesting, because one of the biggest problems with the strike zone is how many of the umpires seem to have their own interpretation. Topping the list of the people who have been the most squeezed is Nelson Figueroa. As the site pointed out, if we had robot umpires, maybe he'd still be pitching for Houston instead of Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Cardinals BULLPEN SORTED OUT: Since removing Ryan Franklin from the role, the Cardinals had not really named a closer, but it's a pretty foregone conclusion at this point that young Eduardo Sanchez is the closer, as he's saved four games in four chances. Hard-throwing right-hander Jason Motte is their put-out-the-fire guy. "Last year he was very successful doing that, coming in in the middle of an inning and pitching out of it," pitching coach Dave Duncan said. "You have to kind of remember what he did there. Because there is a need for a guy like that." (MLB.com)

WHAT ABOUT THE Braves? After Craig Kimbrel went out and blew his third save of the young season Wednesday night, a Braves beat writer (AJC.com) brought up the subject of having Jonny Venters be the closer -- or at least be part of a committee with Kimbrel. He makes a good piont that Kimbrel is the long-term closer and has elite-closer stuff, but that Venters has been so dominant and the Braves are trying to win now. So it's a conundrum. It wasn't a save situation, but Kimbrel's outing Thursday night should stave off any temporary concerns for the time being. He struck out all three batters he faced in a tie game and ended up getting a win.

BUMPED: This is at least mildly humorous. The Mets were forced to stay an extra night in Colorado due to a rainout (I'm sure Carlos Beltran is now fine with the decision), but they had to relocate to a new hotel because they were bumped ... by the Padres, who face the Rockies in a weekend series starting Friday and arrived a day early. It really does seem like the weirdest stuff always happens to the Mets, whether it's due to self-sabotage or uncontrollable outside factors. (ESPN New York)

WALK-OFF WALKS: The boys over at Big League Stew have put together a compilation of everything you've ever wanted to know about walk-off walks. For example, did you know two pitchers issued four walk-off walks in their respective careers? Hall of Famer Goose Gossage did it three times. As for hitters, Jorge Posada is the active leader with three career walk-off walks. I better stop now, lest I reach my allotment of saying "walk-off walk" for the entire season in one paragraph.

GREAT SKIPPERS: ESPN.com's Sweetspot blog ranked the top 10 managers of all-time. The highest active manager (well, the only one) on the list was Tony La Russa, who checked in at sixth. Interestingly, Joe Torre was eighth while Bobby Cox was third, rankings sure to draw the ire of the people who put a good amount more stock on the postseason than the regular season.

WORST HAT EVER: Jim Caple of ESPN.com offers up his pick for the worst cap in major-league history -- the Seattle Pilots' 1969 monstrosity -- and he'll certainly get no argument from me. Man, that thing is awful.

CASHMAN'S CONTRACT: While everyone is concentrating on CC Sabathia's contract situation at the conclusion of this season, when it comes to the Yankees, there is another contract negotiation that will occur. General manager Brian Cashman's deal is going to expire after the season. Though both Sabathia and Cashman figure to stay put, the always-thoughtful River Blues Avenue opines that the Cashman negotiations will be "messier," most notably because ownership went over his head in the Derek Jeter and Rafael Soriano signings.

ANOTHER SLOW START: Adam LaRoche has been pretty terrible for the Nationals thus far, but he's trying not to worry about it from an individual perspective. There's a good reason for that, as he's been there, done that. “I wouldn’t say I’m stressing over it, because I’ve been there so many times in my career,” LaRoche said (Washington Times). “But the frustrating part is not what the average is, it’s the fact that you look back and think, ‘Man if I’d have been doing a little more, we may have won two or three extra games.’” Not only does LaRoche have several awful starts under his belt, but he's one of the most drastically streaky hitters in baseball. He'll get hot. And then he'll go stone cold again. It's a cycle with LaRoche.

HUMBLED STAR: Andrew McCutchen was benched Thursday night for not running to first on a dropped third strike the previous night. It was a good move by manager Clint Hurdle to make sure it didn't become a recurring problem, and it doesn't appear it will. "I know that's not the type of person I am," McCutchen said on Thursday. "I let my emotions get the best of me. I took it out on my bat and myself when I shouldn't have been mad. I was just frustrated at the time and not focused on the game, not focused that the ball was in the dirt with two strikes and I needed to run to first." (MLB.com) I feel like it's important to note that McCutchen is generally a hustler and this shouldn't be discussed any further. He's a good guy and a good player who made a mistake. End of story.

NO RETIREMENT: Dodgers relief pitcher Hong Chih-Kuo is one of the better relievers in the game when he's mentally right. It's just that he seems to suffer from the yips on occasion. He's currently on the disabled list with anxiety disorder as the Dodgers have reported he's too scared to take the mound right now. Kuo's agent did say Thursday that there are no plans to retire, though, and he's going to battle his way back. It's one of Kuo's traits, actually, as he's had four surgeries, including Tommy John surgery twice. He always comes back, so this time won't be any different. (MLB.com)

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2011 9:22 pm

Still no diagnosis for Hughes' 'dead arm'

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Phil HughesPhil Hughes' dead arm remains a mystery.

Test results on the Yankees' right-hander came back negative for all circulatory and vascular issues.

Last week the team thought he may have thoracic outlet syndrome and was sent to a specialist in St. Louis.

At the time, general manager Brian Cashman said Hughes would be out "a while." With the cause of his dead arm unknown, there's no reason to believe that will change.

In three starts this season, Hughes was 0-1 with a 13.94 ERA, allowing 16 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings. Last season the 24-year-old was 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:40 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:26 am

Yanks GM says Hughes will be out 'a while'

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Phil HughesBecause no day should pass without an update on Phil HughesYankees general manager Brian Cashman said he doesn't expect to see Hughes back pitching anytime soon.

Hughes underwent a dye MRI exam, a CT scan, nerve tests and other tests in the last two days. The most recent theory is that Hughes has Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve and circulatory condition, and will be sent to a specialist in St. Louis, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch writes.

"We can't tell you if he has it or if he doesn't have it," manager Joe Girardi said. "But we're sending him to a specialist."

Earlier in the day, Cashman wasn't optimistic about a quick return for Hughes.

"They are trying very hard to find out what is going on," Cashman told the New York Post. "It's always concerning when you don't have somebody pitching active for you. He's not active, and it doesn't look like he will be for a while."

Hughes went on the disabled list April 15 with "dead arm" but had been showing a dead arm all season. He cut short a bullpen session on Monday, leading to this round of tests.

In three starts this season, Hughes was 0-1 with a 13.94 ERA, allowing 16 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings. Last season the 24-year-old right-hander was 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA.

Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook had surgery for TOS in 2004.

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 12:21 pm

Jeter, Cashman have contentious relationship

Jeter, Torre, Cashman

By Evan Brunell

Derek Jeter's relationship with GM Brian Cashman took a public hit this past offseason, when words were exchanged between both camps among the contentious negotiations that framed Jeter's eventual three-year, $51 million contract to return to the Yankees.

In "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter," Ian O'Connor writes about Cashman asking Jeter to his face what number the Yankees would have to pay over and above the highest offer from any other team to be considered fair as ESPN New York relays.

"You said all you wanted was what was fair," the GM asked after Jeter expressed how angry he was at how negotiations had been public, rising to leave 45 minutes into what would be an four-hour meeting between his agent Casey Close and representatives and Cashman along with president Randy Levine and co-owner Hal Steinbrenner.

Later, Levine would meet with Jeter the day before the contract was signed and allowed himself to be talked into approving an additional $4-5 million in incentives for Jeter's deal after the 36-year-old appealed to Levine.

But as O'Connor reveals, it was not the first run-in that Jeter had with Cashman.

When Alex Rodriguez came to the Yankees in 2004, it was well-known that he and Jeter, former best friends, no longer got along. The friendship, broken by Jeter's choice, was not revitalized upon A-Rod's arrival in New York and it was clear to even the uninitiated viewer that the Yankees captain was not pleased with Rodriguez. In 2006, things came to a head when both Jeter and Rodriguez attempted to catch a pop-up that ended up falling to the dirt. Jeter gave Rodriguez a death stare that was easily seen by everyone in the stadium and on TV.

Manager Joe Torre spoke to both players about the drop, but declined to get further involved when Cashman asked Torre to speak to Jeter about showing up Rodriguez. As what appears to be a pattern when it comes to Jeter, Torre declined to pursue the issue, leaving it to Cashman.

"Listen, this has to stop," the GM told Jeter. "Everybody in the press box, every team official, everyone watching, they saw you look at the ball on the ground and look at him with disgust like you were saying, 'That's your mess, you clean it up.'"

Jeter refused to believe Cashman about how his actions were perceived, but Cashman pressed on, asking Jeter to improve his relationship with A-Rod, something a friend of Jeter's supported.

"Now you're sounding like everyone else," the shortstop told the friend. "Don't you think I've tried? I try, and sometimes I've just got to walk away and come back and try again, but you know I've tried. And every time I try, he'll do something that pushes me away."

Since then, while the two players aren't close, there haven't been any public incidents to indicate Jeter's distaste for A-Rod. It certainly helps that Rodriguez has gone through his own learning process, first admitting using steroids and scaling back some of his dumber PR decisions.

Jeter has struggled to start the year although he ripped off a 4-for-6 showing Sunday. But while his offense is only recently coming under fire, his poor defense has been a concern for much longer. That aspect of Jeter's game became an issue in 2007, when Torre yet again refrained from addressing the issue. Cashman told Jeter to his face that he needed to improve his fielding in the offseason, declining to have new manager Joe Girardi run the meeting so their relationship in the early going would not be harmed. Much to his surprise, he found out Torre had not talked to Jeter about improving his range and about a potential move to center field, as Cashman had been led to believe.

"You mean to tell me we were trying to win a championship every year," Jeter reportedly told Cashman, "and there was a way for me to get better to help us do that, and nobody told me? ... I want to do everything I can to get better."

But this time, Jeter and Cashman were on the same page.

"I don't think you should have a problem with trying to get better," Jeter would later say. "It's important to get better and to be willing to listen."

You can't really fault either side here. Cashman is simply doing his job, and sometimes that requires playing the bad cop. For Jeter's part, he's clearly open to improving aspects of his game, both on and off the field, despite his massive success to date. While both sides have clashed in the past and will surely clash again before it's all said and done, both sides are doing it with one goal in mind: winning championships.

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PHOTO: Derek Jeter #2, Gary Sheffield #11, manager Joe Torre and general manager Brian Cashman talk during batting practice before the game against the New York Mets on May 21, 2006 at Shea Stadium.

Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 6:32 pm

Feliciano to meet Dr. Andrews, season in doubt

By Matt Snyder

Yankees left-hander reliever Pedro Feliciano has a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder, an MRI revealed Wednesday, and may be forced to have season-ending surgery. He'll meet with the famed Dr. James Andrews Monday to decide the course of action. (CBSSports.com's Knobler )

Feliciano, 34, has led the majors in pitching apperances each of the past three seasons. He saw action in 92 games last year, sporting a 3.30 ERA and striking out 56 batters in 62 2/3 innings. There has been some bickering back and forth between the Yankees and Mets on whether or not the Mets abused Feliciano's arm, causing the injury. Earlier in the spring when Feliciano had an MRI, there was only a muscle strain in his shoulder -- but that was only a basic MRI. The contrast MRI is what revealed the tear. (Blogging the Bombers )

Cashman didn't go after the Mets Thursday, instead directing some vitriol at former manager Joe Torre (read Knobler's blog for more ).

In the meantime, the Yankees are left a bit thin on left-handed relievers without Feliciano. Boone Logan is there, but that's it. General manager Brian Cashman told reporters he would look for left-handed relief help from other organizations but didn't see a realistic possibility via trade until mid-June at the earliest.

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Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:27 pm

Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano

By Evan Brunell

FelicianoPedro Feliciano, signed by the Yankees to be a weapon from the left side in the bullpen, has been struggling with a triceps injury. Speaking on Saturday, Cashman does not believe the former Met will be able to return until the end of April and had some choice words for his ex-employers, saying the Mets "abused" Feliciano as Jim Baumbach of Newsday reports.

The 34-year-old spent his entire career with the Mets, missing all of 2005. It took until 2006 for the Mets to really see what they had, and started using Feliciano a lot more. He appeared in 64 games for 60 1/3 innings in 2006, then followed it up with 78 games and 64 innings. Then, he really spiked, appearing in 86 (53 1/3 IP), 88 (59 1/3 IP) and 92 (62 2/3 IP) games, respectively, the last three years.

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen shot back after hearing Cashman's comments, saying Feliciano wanted the ball as much as possible as he felt he had a better rhythm when pitching more often, as the New Jersey Star-Ledger says.

"I feel badly that someone feels that way, but that was part of the reason we decided not to re-sign him," Warthen added via David Lennon of Newsday, also pointing out that this should not have been news to Cashman, who signed up to a two-year, $8 million deal in the offseason.

Cashman acknowledged the injury risk, saying he was aware of it when he signed Feliciano. Of course, that doesn't change the fact the Mets still abused him as Cashman feels, but it's tough to cry about it after signing Feliciano. Clearly, Cashman felt -- and said exactly this -- that Feliciano was one of the best relievers in what was a limited market. Still, Feliciano's long-term history is a crapshoot, as Cashman crossed his fingers when asked about his confidence in Feliciano's long-term health.

Appearing in 92 games is a ridiculous number, but was Feliciano really abused? If he feels like he needs to pitch often to keep his repetition up, the Mets were simply trying to accomodate him while maximizing his value to the Mets. In addition, it's not as if he racked up 92 innings -- his 62 2/3 innings therein mean that most of his outings were very short. The counter to this, of course, is that Feliciano had to warm up many times and come in to perform at a high level in what was most often appearances on consecutive days.

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Posted on: March 13, 2011 2:05 pm

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

Manny Banuelos

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Despite the franchise's reputation as a mercenary of sort, the Yankees have shown a propensity to hold on to some of their top prospects under general manager Brian Cashman.

Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and even Jesus Montero have been kept instead of dealt in blockbuster deals for veteran players the past couple of years. That strategy is unlikely to change, even though the Yankees would like to upgrade their rotation.

"I have enough [trade] chips," Cashman told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger. "But if people want to demand certain bullets, those certain bullets I'm not going to shoot. … There are untouchables here."

When asked if the team's young pitchers are those untouchables, Cashman didn't exactly confirm it, but he pretty much did.

"You can figure them out," he said. "But there are certain guys. Like Phil Hughes. I said publicly I wouldn't want to trade Phil Hughes. I stopped trade discussion on Hughes on [Johan] Santana because he was a rare, special guy. And he's proven that out. He's helped us win a World Series in the bullpen, he won 18 games last year, and we have certain guys we think are potentially even better than he is. That excites us."

That's not hyperbole. Manny Banuelos (above), the left-hander celebrating his 20th birthday today, has had an incredible camp with the Yankees. In three outings and five innings, Banuelos has allowed just three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out eight.

Despite standing just 5-foot-10, Banuelos can touch 95 on the radar gun and has great control with the pitch, as well as plus pitches in his curveball and changeup.

Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances (left) is nearly a foot taller and 100 pounds heavier than Banuelos and also throws with the other arm. However, the Yankees are just as high on him. A hard-thrower, he doesn't have the command Banuelos has, but throws a bit harder. He also has a hammer of a curveball.

Batances has appeared in three games this spring, going 4 2/3 innings. He's allowed four hits and two runs, walking five and striking out seven.

Don't expect either to wear anything but pinstripes in the future, and if they progress like most believe they can, it would be a surprise to see them in any other uniform for a long, long time.

Those two, along with Andrew Brackman, are the only minor league pitchers left in the team's camp.

Brackman has appeared in one game, pitching an inning, allowing hit and striking out one. The 6-foot-10 Brackman was the team's first-round pick in 2007.

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