Tag:Brian Cashman
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:05 am

Cashman to Pettitte: don't 'Favre' us

Brian Cashman One of the beauties of covering baseball here at CBSSports.com has been the ability to laugh at our NFL brethren when it comes to Brett Favre coverage, while I don't even have to pay attention to him or the texts he's sent me.

Anyway, it seems Yankees general manager Brian Cashman paid attention to the Favre soap opera and doesn't what a repeat in the Bronx with Andy Pettitte.

"He's opting not to play right now but that might change, it might not," Cashman said at the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting in Cromwell, N.J. on Tuesday, according to the Middletown Press . "I told him, don't 'Brett Favre' us. You got to be all in and fully dedicated to play. Do I need him? I need him, but I don't want him to play if his heart's not in it."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:24 pm

Yankees not waiting on Pettitte

Andy Pettitte Brian Cashman appears to be tiring of the Andy Pettitte questions.

In a telephone interview with the New York Times ' Ben Shpigel , Cashman said the Yankees aren't expecting to have Pettitte next season.
“He told us before the Cliff Lee thing not to count on him,” Cashman said over the phone. “I’ve covered this ground a thousand times. I’m done talking about the Andy stuff. People keep asking the same questions five different ways, and nothing has changed. Everybody’s assuming that Andy’s retiring. That’s what we believe will happen.”
Also, Cashman told Shpigel that the Yankees aren't tying any of their plans to Pettitte's decision, contrary to some reports.
“It’s not like he’s holding us up anyway,” Cashman said. “It’s not impacting us one way or the other, but it would impact us positively if Andy decided to come back. He told me, ‘Don’t plan your winter around me,’ and we haven’t. We’re focusing on the players who are in play.”
There have been conflicting reports today with some saying Pettitte will make an official decision this week, while others say he won't. One group will be right.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2010 3:19 pm

No new offer from Yankees

The Yankees have talked to Cliff Lee's agent Darek Braunecker since they left Orlando this week, but they have not increased their offer in that time, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Post .

Cashman also said he wouldn't increase his offer to the free-agent left-hander. The team has reportedly offered Lee seven years and in the $160 million-range.

Yesterday, Rangers president Nolan Ryan said he'd feared the Yankees had upped their offer for Lee. Hopefully, Lee makes his decision sometime soon, so we can all move on with our lives.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:42 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 1:10 pm

Newsmakers or Snoozemakers: GMs to watch

From December 6-9, baseball's offseason will kick into high gear as team officials, agents, players and media descend upon Orlando, Fla. This week, MLB Facts and Rumors will preview an aspect of the Winter Meetings each day. Today: The top 5 GMs expected to make noise at the meetings, plus those who should remain quiet.

There figures to be plenty of action at the Winter Meetings and much of it will happen on the floor with agents, media and team representatives, but those responsible for all the machinations will be ensconced in hotel suites, directing the action from above.

While some hotel suites will have plenty of neighbors looking over with a scowl at all the noise, others figure to stay quiet -- well, as quiet as one can amongst the hubbub, anyways. Let's look at who figures to be splashed among the headlines and those who will wait for another day.


Moore Dayton Moore (pictured): Moore has perhaps the best player on the trade market (unless one wants to pitch in Adrian Gonzalez' name) in Zack Greinke, but Greinke ain't going anywhere until Cliff Lee signs -- and even then it's a big if.

While one can't rule out Cliff Lee signing next week, there stands a good chance that may not come to fruition until the week or two after the winter meetings. Remember, Mark Teixeira inked with the Yankees January 6. Lee's market is more defined and aggressive than Teix, but the fact remains: the Lee saga could be far from over.

Sure, Moore figures to make his annual overpay for a mediocre player (cough Jeff Francouer cough), but that'll get overshadowed and is essentially a non-story anyways until K.C.'s baby boom arrives.

Sandy Alderson : Alderson was thought to be close to a deal with starting pitcher Chris Young, although those talks have not progressed as quickly as originally thought. This is roughly the caliber of player New York will be seeking. The core of the team (both financial and talent-wise) is already on the club. It's Alderson's job to supplement the team with the best opportunity to win in 2011 with the resources it has, while leaving the future (as immediate as 2012) open for making the team the way Alderson wants it.

That leaves Alderson discussing deals with lower-tier free agents, not enough for people to really sit up and take attention of at this point. However, his has been a bit of an aggressive free-agent market, so while lower-tier names usually don't fly off the board early, Alderson could net some in Orlando. Alderson is also thought to be trying to clear out salary, but that won't be easy to do and any proposed deal that hits the rumor page doesn't make sense.

Michael Hill
: Larry Beinfest is still attached to the Marlins publicly in his role as president for any moves in baseball operations, but Michael Hill is the general manager in name and practice so he is the one of record making the moves Florida has done lately. And they've been plenty: trading Dan Uggla, Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller and signing John Buck along with Javier Vazquez.

Is Florida done? No. Are they nearly done? Yep. Florida could stand to add one more bat, either at second, third or center, but may choose not to do so. The Marlins have wrapped up so much of their business quickly that there simply isn't much left to do.

Neal Huntington: The Pirates aren't high on anyone 's wish list, so even if Huntington is much in the same position as Alderson in only being able to afford mid- and lower-tier free agents as the Bucs desperately try to reverse the stink of 2010, no players will be signing in town anytime soon. There are no major trades on the horizon either.

Dan O'Dowd : O'Dowd is in a similar situation to Hill in that he's made most of his major moves. A mega-million extension for Troy Tulowitzki and enticing Jorge de la Rosa back to town were his grand strokes. Up next is fortifying the bench and infield, which may be done with a trade of Seth Smith or Ryan Spilborghs which would only register as a minor rumble on the Winter Meetings-ometer.

Ah, but as Michael Buffer (pictured) is famous for saying, these GMs figure to be prominently displayed...


Brian Cashman : Cashman has his fingers in pretty much every major storyline this offseason. Let's look:
  • The No. 1 free agent target in the market, Cliff Lee, is the apple of New York's eye and they are determined to outspend everyone for his services.
  • The best position player on the market in Carl Crawford would be best served in seeing the Lee saga to play out in case the Yankees become a suitor. Jayson Werth's suitors will crystallize with Crawford off the block, so his own timeline is delayed.
  • The Yankees have the resources and may have the desire to get Zack Greinke from the Royals. The latest scuttlebutt has Greinke willing to waive his no-trade clause even for New York.
  • The public brouhaha between the Yankees and Jeter has been a major plot for a league-average player at this point in his career because of all the implications therein. The Yankees are dominating the media with this topic.
  • Oh, and about that greatest closer of all-time? Yeah, Mariano Rivera and New York may be edging closer to a contract extension that could be announced at the meetings to give the Yankees an injection of goodwill.
  • Yep, another bullet point. Don't forget about Andy Pettitte, trying to decide between retirement or rejoining the Yankees.
Dave Dombrowski : The Tigers have been very busy this offseason so far, snaring Joaquin Benoit and Victor Martinez while re-upping with Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta. A big outlay has been made, but the Tigers aren't done just yet. The club could stand to add another starting pitcher and definitely need to add an outfielder. You can't rule Jayson Werth out, although Detroit figures to shoot lower.

Andrew Friedman
: Friedman has a major task ahead of him in rebuilding the Rays back to the level they achieved just months ago in the 2010 season. He has to start over with a bullpen while replacing Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena. The two major trade chips are Jason Bartlett and to a lesser extent, either Matt Garza or James Shields. Bartlett should be moved quickly, but Tampa's work will be far from done. The club needs to get as many chips as it can in order during the meetings.

Kenny Williams: No Winter Meeting is complete without a patented Kenny Williams move. Unafraid to be aggressive in free agency and trades, Williams always seems to have something cooking. The team needs a catcher, outfielder and could even strike for a third or first baseman. How good would Adam Dunn look on that club?

Tony Reagins
: The Angels have sure been quiet for a team expected to make a splash. Where's the Adrian Beltre signing? The flash of bulbs as Carl Crawford holds up his jersey? Rafael Soriano grinning as he assumes the mantle of closer?

You may see all (or some) of those at the Winter Meetings. The Angels have been laying in wait, shuffling their cards behind the scenes and could be poised to break through.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 11:48 pm

Jeter meeting with Yankees in Tampa

Derek Jeter Could the Derek Jeter-Yankees negotiations be coming to a close?

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports Jeter and agent Casey Close are meeting with the Yankees in Tampa.

Rosenthal said he doesn't know which Yankees official are at the meeting, but guesses that it would include owner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman.

While nobody has expected Jeter to sign anywhere but New York, the negotiations have been public and nasty, with Cashman suggesting Jeter test the open market if he's not happy with the team's three-year, $45 million contract.

Jeter and Close are apparently looking for a four- or five-year contract worth $23 or $24 million per season.

Jeter finished his 10-year, $189 million contract that paid him $22.6 million last season, and word is he doesn't want to take a paycut, despite having perhaps the worst season of his career. He hit .270/.340/.370 with 10 home runs and 67 RBIs. The 10 home runs tied the fewest of his career, while his batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were all the lowest full-season marks of his career.

UPDATE: Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter ) that one source indicates the Yankees may bump their offer up to $51 million, while another source tells him "nothing imminent."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 7:57 pm

Cashman: Yankees' offer to Jeter is fair

Derek Jeter The Yankees are certainly doing their part in the chicken game with free agent shortstop Derek Jeter.

The team has reportedly offered Jeter a three-year deal worth $45 million. On Thursday, general manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews that he feels the offer is "fair and appropriate."

"We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account," Cashman told Matthews. "We've encouraged him to test the market and see if there's something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That's the way it works."

Brian Cashman It's not surprising Cashman thinks this -- but to actually say it is quite interesting.

There are certainly teams looking for shortstops, and even with declining production, Jeter would be the best available shortstop, although not many teams looking for a shortstop could add a $15 million shortstop.

The Giants, Cardinals, Reds, Orioles and Padres are among the teams looking for a shortstop. The Giants and Orioles, who just made a big bid for Victor Martinez, are likely the only teams in that group that could afford Jeter.

Instead, teams could fill with the likes of Juan Uribe or Orlando Cabrera.

The bottom line is Jeter is worth more to the Yankees than he is any other team, and it appease the team has decided $15 million is as much as he's worth.

According to Cashman, Jeter and agent Casey Close have asked for more than three years and more money. Jeter made $21 million last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : SI.com's Jon Heyman reports the Yankees aren't done upping their offer to Jeter. "If they haven't bumped it up already, they do intend to," he writes.

So why all the contentious negotiations?

The Yankees are one of the most successful franchises in the game, but their hard line against Jeter and Mariano Rivera is baffling when they're willing to do whatever it takes to keep Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada and get A.J. Burnett.

Actually, that's probably the lesson right there.

UPDATE : Now Heyman is backtracking , and the Yankees' offer may not rise.

Meanwhile, Cashman is putting the onus on Jeter in the negotation process.

"He should be nothing but a New York Yankee," he tells the New Jersey Star-Ledger . "He chooses not to be."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:09 am
Edited on: November 23, 2010 6:19 pm

Yanks won't offer Jeter arbitration

Derek Jeter The Yankees will not offer Derek Jeter arbitration, general manager Brian Cashman tells the Star Ledger 's Marc Carig in an e-mail (via Twitter ).

Jeter is a Type A free agent, so the Yankees could have offered Jeter arbitration and received two picks if he left -- not that it was likely, anyway. The deadline to offer free agents arbitration is at midnight tonight.

If the Yankees had offered arbitration, Jeter could have accepted it, played on a one-year deal and see if he could improve upon his numbers and then go through this entire circus next offseason, too.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : It looks like Kerry Wood will be offered arbitration, according to ESPN New York .

"We'll do them a favor," Cashman said. "If we put them into an arbitration setting, then we can take them out and make a fair market value offer to them."

The club will also offer arbitration to Javier Vazquez, a Type B free agent who has already agreed to reject the deal.

The remainder of the arbitration-eligible players in Andy Pettitte and Austin Kearns will not be offered arbitration.

UPDATE : Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports only Vazquez will be offered arbitration. The plot thickens...

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:05 am
Edited on: November 10, 2010 10:39 am

Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas

The Yankees, including general manager Brian Cashman, are flying to Arkansas to meet with Cliff Lee. MLB Trade Rumors first reported the trip, while Joel Sherman of the New York Post added the fact Cashman would be in the group.

The Yankees had already contacted Lee's agent minutes after the start of free agency on Sunday at midnight.

New York is seen as the favorite for the free-agent pitcher.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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