Okay, so I have written a fair bit about the Yankees trade route for the last week or more. I had said that if they wanted to trade then Chapman, Beltran were their best bets and they did trade them for three and three prospects respectively. Adam Warren was one the fourth guy we got for Chapman. The other trade that made sense was Nova who was also facing free agency at the end of the season for two players to be named later. These made sense and given the fact that all four could be bought back by the club they are in effect more like two month rentals. They were good moves and while it is clear that only one of the four guys we got for Chapman is a top notch guy, the trades showed us how Cashman is good at doing this kind of thing. Finding the talent in the minors.
The trade that I did not want and was not happy to see happen was Miller who had been one of our best and most dependable players the last two years and had two more years to the contract. Trading him was on the cards. He had a large volume of interest, apparently as far back as Spring Trading, and given how bad the Yankees played this year it seemed to me that the wolves were getting closer to the door, and Cashman who has had his heart set on rebuilding could ignore them any longer. So Miller was traded and moved more by the anger at losing a great player in exchange for four guys who were unproven and then having Cashman say that his signing Tyler Clippard was a sign that this season wasn’t a dead season.
First I shall point out that Cashman saying he is surprised at how bad this season turned out seems a little too false for me. He made some good moves, in landing Castro. How good Hicks is, remains to be seen. But I am not sure he will work out. But this season has worked out exactly how he had planned it to be. Because he knew that he would be selling when the trade deadline arrived. That is why he was making overtures to different clubs as far back as Spring Training for Miller and Chapman. He was set up for these trades and has done some very good work. But drop the act. Don’t sell us this season as one you expect to make the playoffs when you have clearly given up on it, and had no inclination of it being a postseason year from the get go. Don’t act like you haven’t designed this team to fail from as far back as last year. I have to believe that you planned it to be this bad because if you hadn’t then you are a complete idiot to have made the moves you made since as far back as 2013. You must have known Brian. So stop selling us a pony and telling us it is a thoroughbred. This year’s Yankee team is a washout.
Second the trades, they have been great. He loaded up the farm with some good talent, and with some not so good talent. Whether all of those guys go to play for the Yankees remains to be seen. I don’t think they will. There are a handful of guys who will if they keep fit and progress, as Brian had the good sense to add when talking about the trades, make it to the Bronx. But there are too many ifs in the scenario that could make what looks like a good trade now into a bad one in the future. The unknowable is not better than the certain. Many say these trades were good. They are good, on paper. But will they work out?
I am happy that the team is moving towards youth and athleticism. But I am not happy that we were sold this team as a championship team when they were clearly set up to fail so that Cashman could go about his agenda. To lose Miller was a blow, to be expected to root for a bunch of guys who are not good enough anymore is tough. The only good point is that Cashman has said he is going to give some of the kids a chance. It is about time. I hope it is before September. We need something to cheer for, and this team so far has failed us fans. Winning last night in the first game of the Subway Season was a good move too, in lifting the fans. We need small victories like that for the rest of the season.
My projections of what will make this season a success have been revived. Finish fourth in the division, and finish five games over .500. The projections I had for the start of the season was to finish over .750 and make the wildcard.
I am spitting mad at this hairbrained pointless trade. The Yankees traded our, no baseball’s, best relief pitcher for four prospects in a move that reminds me of the scene in Apollo 13 when things are going belly up and one of the poindexters in Heuston fling the contents of his pockets on the table and demands that they find something to fix the problem. A scene which depicts the wild railing one does when faced with a deteriorating situation in which they have no ideas or no ability to fix it. That is basically what Cashman has resorted to doing. He is emptying his pockets and dumping all the best this team has in some mindless attempt at looking like he is doing something. But he has done nothing.
In trading Miller, he has shown that he and the front office of the club have not only given up on getting into the postseason this year, but they have also given up on winning games. Andrew Miller was one of three players we could count on this season. Didi and Beltran were the other two. Castro added to the mix as has Ellsbury with his defence. Betances has been reliable too. But offensively, for the most part, the team has been a joke, and our starting pitchers have all been so up and down. The only thing that we knew was dependable was the loyal, team-first mindset of Andrew Miller.
What did we get for Miller? Not a whole lot to be honest. We got four prospects from the Indians. But they are the kind of guys that we will not see for possibly four years. This the way Cashman seems to be going and he is very smug and happy with himself while being surprised that the teams he has put together these past three years have been for the most part massively disappointing.
I cannot understand just why he traded Miller. He was a player who would have helped us this year to win games, and would have helped us next year too. None of the guys we got from the trade will be of use to this team next year or the year later. As if this wasn’t a big smack in the face for us to lose Miller we also get the added insult from Cashman of seeing him trade a prospect for someone like Tyler Clippard who is nothing. I’m sorry for saying that about Tyler, but he is not going to bring anything relevant to the team and for Cashman to act like this acquisition is a great addition on the same day that we lost Miller is a joke.
I also cannot help but laugh when I hear him say that the Yankees have not given up on this year because they haven’t traded Beltran, while they are still taking calls for just about any player on the team. That tells me that they have given up on the team because if they were not giving up on the team they would say strongly that they were not taking calls and would, in fact, be out there making the damn calls to find players to fix the pathetic mess that Cashman has built over the past three years.
To say this is a good trade now is as much a premature celebration as George W Bush standing on the deck of that USS Abraham Lincoln. We have no way of knowing if this will work out down the line. It is that simple. But what we do know is that this move hurts the team now, and for the next few seasons. It may even go down as one of the worst trades in baseball history since Boston traded George Herman Ruth.
I am now just going to say what I am thinking… fire Brian Cashman. Enough is enough of this clown screwing things up with this team. We the paying fans deserve better than the muck he is spewing. To be expected to cheer for a team that has been sabotaged by its GM and owner, and to pay for the privilege while they keep putting clowns like Ackley, Drew, and Headley as great finds. Trading great closers and signing Tyler flippen Clippard to replace them. It is enough to give up on the team, stop listening and start paying attention to the Jets. I hate feeling like I can’t be bothered. But right now I do not feel much amped for the game. I will listen, but I am far from happy and just hope that come this off season Cashman is fired from the team. I wish he was fired before the season ends. Because to be outplayed by Tampa… that tells you just how bad this team is, and it is ALL Brian Cashman’s fault.
Brian Cashman is one of those guys who keeps making bad calls when it comes to bringing players to the Yankees, and it must be said that he seem to lack the moral courage to admit when he is wrong, even when it is painfully obvious to all that he is. So far the worst decision he has made this season is to give $5m to Drew in what he called in an interview qwith an NY paper ”a gamble.”
I am sorry Brian if you fancy a flutter go bet on a horse, shoot some dice, or do some other lame ass Vegas/ Atlantic City activity that requires as much thought and logic as you seem to put into roster moves. It is almost as though he sees bringing in players and giving out contracts to guys like playing the slot machines. Throw the money in and hope that it works out for the best.
I don’t blame Drew for the fact the Yankess have given him such a big contract. Or Beltran either for that matter, because they are both players that are just trying to get paid and play the game we all love. But they are two players who I think will cost more than we will get from them by way of runs. So no it isn’t their fault they got a big contract with so many big questions over their production or their health. I blame Cashman.
I blame him in the case of Drew for making another poor decision in signing him and thinking that he will give something to the Yankees that he isn’t able to give. I blame Cashman for thinking that if a guy played for Boston, and then came to New York then he wil in someway reinact the curse of The Babe, and hit like Ruth did. So no matter if he couldn’t slap the broadside of the JFK with a Garth Brooks guitar, give him a big contract and then give him a spot on the Opening Day roster at the expense of Pirela the one Yankee that has stood out as deserving a place on the Opening day roster ahead of Drew. Instead Cashman has all but written Pirela off as being Minor League bound and in the meantime he keeps payjng out big money on useless players in the hope that sometime soon he is bound to hit a gamble that pays off.
Spoken like a true Gambling addict there Brian.
Now I know that I have praised Joe Girardi, i just love that guy and find his style of managment to be superb. Not many may agree with me on that, I don’t really know. I praised his work last year as some of the best of his managing career especially with a massive handicap (ie Brain Cashman’s bringing in a whole bunch of guys who were expensive plug ins that just weren’t good moves.) I just want it to be known that my praise of what Joe did is not given to Cashman. Because he stank last year and gave Joe a tonne of duds. In the end I hope Hal wakes up and shows some of the spark his father had and fires Brian’s ass. Or of he is in the habit of hiring staff who don’t do their jobs, or when they actually bother to do their jobs do them badly without fear of being fired for it- please Hal Baby, give me a job. I can stink at a job at a Brian Cashman level. I know I can… I just know I can!
Okay so the Yankees have had a few things happening in the minor leagues. Tyler Austin has been optioned along with Danny Burawa, and Jose De Paula to Triple A’s Scranton /Wilkes-Barre. Tyler is rated as one of the top Yankee prospects by MLB.com. Yet he hasn’t really impressed too much with his bat this spring training. In 16 At bats he has scored 3 runs one of which was a home run, 2 rbis with a batting average of .188. Girardi said that while nobody was going to make or break their places on the team. Which is a good thing for Tyler who could still do well enough in Triple-A that he could get a call up when during the season. The baseball season is long and the Yankees will need as much help from the farm system as they can get. Especially with so many older players on the roster. Younger arms will prevail, just as long as their heads keep focused and they don’t let being sent down to the minors as a set back.
Also optioned to the minors was Mason Williams who was sent to Double-A Trenton, while Wilking Rodriquez was sent to Minor League Camp. It is also thought that Jose Pirela could very well wind up being sent to Triple A despite a great Spring Training performance. There just isn’t any room for him on the roster for Opening Day. It shows how deep the roster is for the team that someone of his calibre can’t quite get into the team.
Also Moises Cedeno who plays in the Yankees’ minor league team in the Dominican Summer League was suspended for 72 days for being found with traces of PES Clenbuterol. This is a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He will not be paid during the suspension either.