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Options due on Nov. 14

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 03, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have until Nov. 14 to decide whether to pick up the options on Jason Giambi, Carl Pavano and Damaso Marte. Cashman would not say what his plans are, but all three are likely to be declined. Giambi and Pavano for sure, obviously.

Cashman said that the Yankees are interested in retaining Marte and could sign him to a new deal after they decline the option.

As for Bobby Abreu, I spoke to one of his agents today, Chris Leible. They have had no conversations with the Yankees whatsoever since the season ended. They believe Abreu can get – and should get – a three-year deal. Abreu will be 35 when next season starts and the Yankees are unlikely to bring him back for three years.

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The St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel is right on the Pacific and features some great views. Brian Cashman’s suite, however, overlooks a huge dirt lot that is being prepared for construction.

“I wonder what that is going to be?” he said, looking out the window.

“CC Sabathia’s new house,” I said.

Cashman laughed. “Maybe so,” he said. “He’ll be able to afford it.”

Meanwhile, Cash met the media wearing jeans, brown Reef sandals and a light blue Nike t-shirt with a while skull and crossbones on it. He looked like a skateboarder.

Cashman also had a football with him. He likes to toss it around while talking strategy with his staff.

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56 Responses to “Options due on Nov. 14”

  1. 21 Oz November 3rd, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Cash is such a laid back guy. Ridiculous how people paint him as some bitter, stressed out exec who hates his job and the media.

  2. bigjf November 3rd, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    C-Money, consummate gangsta.

  3. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    ““CC Sabathia’s new house,” I said.

    Cashman laughed. “Maybe so,” he said. “He’ll be able to afford it.”

    Meanwhile, Cash met the media wearing jeans, brown Reef sandals and a light blue Nike t-shirt with a while skull and crossbones on it. He looked like a skateboarder.

    Cashman also had a football with him. He likes to toss it around while talking strategy with his staff.”

    How cool. Cash sounds like a down to Earth guy. Tell CC that if he builds that one he needs another one in Westchester, you know just for symmetry.

  4. X-Mann November 3rd, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    “Cashman also had a football with him. He likes to toss it around while talking strategy with his staff.”

    Mike Francessa was doing the same thing on his show today (for those who saw it on YES in the first hour).

  5. you gotta have faith (MOOSE FOR PRESIDENT!) (bring back the real robinson cano!) November 3rd, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    great post pete :)

    i appreciate this blog so much, it helps me get my daily yankees fix lol

  6. O*Line November 3rd, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Hopefully the “He’ll be able to afford it” comment was a hint of our anticipated strong offer to him.

  7. PAT M. November 3rd, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Pete play a round of golf……

  8. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    “Hopefully the “He’ll be able to afford it” comment was a hint of our anticipated strong offer to him.”

    Obviously. I bet he walked up to CC’s agent and had a Don Corleone moment with him.

  9. AG November 3rd, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    I was going to comment with this on the last post, but since there’s this new one:

    The thing I don’t get about the “Mussina will 100% retire!” statements is that if he was so absolutely sure that he wants to retire, why hasn’t he done it already?

    I know, I know, wishful thinking because I’d like to see my favorite player come back, but it’s odd that almost everyone except Moose himself is ready to make such a definitive statement.

  10. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and show CC the money (and food)! November 3rd, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    “As for Bobby Abreu, I spoke to one of his agents today, Chris Leible. They have had no conversations with the Yankees whatsoever since the season ended. They believe Abreu can get – and should get – a three-year deal.”

    3 year deal.
    Best of luck to Bobby with his new team

  11. Bronx Jeers November 3rd, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Tell Cash to get some sun!

    The guy looks absolutely pasty every time I see him.

    And lets hope CC’s eventual west coast pad is more of a retirement/off season house.

    How bout the Yanks throw in ARods place as a signing bonus!

    After it’s re-decorated of course.

  12. manny(yanksfan) November 3rd, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I have a feeling CASHMONEY will come through with some big signings this offseason.

  13. Art Vandelay November 3rd, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    You have to have a laidback personal style if you work for the Yankees and especially for as long as Cash has. The guy has spent his whole career with the club. As long as you answer the cell when Hank is calling, you’re ok.

    Pete, man, you’re blogging like crazy today. I guess you have to do that because if you wrote that Cash was pigging out at the Hotel Restaurant, some of us would take that as a sign that he wants to pick up Sabathia since it looks like Sabathia likes to eat too.

  14. jennifer November 3rd, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    reef sandals rock! Surf shops have the best selection!

  15. you gotta have faith (MOOSE FOR PRESIDENT!) (bring back the real robinson cano!) November 3rd, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    “How bout the Yanks throw in ARods place as a signing bonus!
    After it’s re-decorated of course.”

    HAHA

  16. pat November 3rd, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    “Cashman also had a football with him. He likes to toss it around while talking strategy with his staff.”

    Are we talking nervous energy flipping it hand to hand to himself or is he making Stick and Jean Afterman run slants and curls?

  17. Bronx Jeers November 3rd, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Tom Dierkes over at MLB traderumors wrote a piece saying which FA he believed would end up with which teams.

    He had Abreu going to the Cubs.

    Obviously he did not take into account the scary ivy covered walls as a factor.

    Abreu wouldn’t get within 25 feet of that thing.

  18. zellyanks91 November 3rd, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Pavano-gone
    Giamnbi-very small chance of returning/slim to none
    Marte- I would bring him back.

    Kevin

  19. Brad November 3rd, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    If Abreu were not so sheepish in RF from 20′ out to the warning track he would likely get a 2-year deal with an option for a 3rd year.

  20. Kevin November 3rd, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    OK so its official Brian Cashman is awesome. I do the exact same thing when I’m thinking. Does anyone know if in addition to CC Cash might look at Junichi Tazawa, he’s younger than IPK and apparently more promising. CC,Joba,Wang,Tazawa, Hughes? And then we could send Cano, IPK, Horne, and Gardner to San Diego for Peavy. (OK, I KNOW it’s a longshot and not realistic, but wouldn’t that be great?) Then we sign Rafael Furcal( who isn’t a type A free agent and wouldn’t lose us a draft pick) and put him at 2nd. Just imagine in the WS we put out CC Sabathia, Jake Peavy, Joba Chamberlain, Chien-Ming Wang, and then Junichi Tazawa or Phil Hughes. That would be ridiculous. And all those guys are under 30 right now too. I mean if one pitcher got injured, no worries we still have the best rotation in the bigs. Two get injured? Still the best rotation in the bigs, we just slot in Giese, Mitre, Sanchez, Marquez, or Aceves, they’d all put up near league average numbers. So I know that we most likely won’t deal Robby, and we really have a very slim chance at getting Peavy. But, it’s fun to wonder isn’t it?

  21. RalphieD (Cant' Wait for Spring Training) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    hughes with the start tonight in AZ

  22. jennifer November 3rd, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Not to bring politics on the board, but someone tell red light Curt his day in the sun is over.

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/11.....136741.htm

  23. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Honestly it would be great to get Manny for LF. Then trade IPK for Garko a cheap young first baseman with a great glove and decent bat. Also try to trade one of Damon/Matsui. Heres the line-up:

    Damon-DH
    Jeter-SS
    A-Rod-3B
    Manny-LF
    Nady-RF
    Cano-2B
    Posada-C
    Garko-1B
    Gardner-CF

  24. raymagnetic November 3rd, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Why would the Yankees put Manny in left and make Damon the DH when Damon is a better left fielder than Manny?

    And what is the fixation with Garko? He really isn’t a decent bat, especially as a first baseman.

  25. RalphieD (Cant' Wait for Spring Training) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    nice 1st inning for hughes..2 k’s on 14 pitches..10 strikes

  26. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and show CC the money (and food)! November 3rd, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    omg. Shut up Schilling

  27. Bronx Jeers November 3rd, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    The Bill James Fielding Bible Awards came out. Needless to say the Yanks front 9 barely got a mention.

    Actually Jose Molina was 2nd to Yadier.

    Cano and Arod both got 10th place showings.

    And that’s all folks!

    Tex was 2nd with 88 pts to Pujols 90.

    Abreu got a special category named after him.

    The Pink Floyd Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Goes to player with the most irrational fear….. oh never mind.

    http://www.billjamesonline.net.....etally.asp

  28. RalphieD (Cant' Wait for Spring Training) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    2ip so far for hughes..4 k’s 0 hits and walks on 28 pitches..20 strikes

  29. pat November 3rd, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Bronx Jeers

    Damon got top 10 too.

  30. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!)
    November 3rd, 2008 at 9:09 pm
    Honestly it would be great to get Manny for LF. Then trade IPK for Garko a cheap young first baseman with a great glove and decent bat. Also try to trade one of Damon/Matsui. Heres the line-up:

    Damon-DH
    Jeter-SS
    A-Rod-3B
    Manny-LF
    Nady-RF
    Cano-2B
    Posada-C
    Garko-1B
    Gardner-CF

    _____________________________________________________

    I get the feeling that the only one that believes Garko has a great glove is you and Garko, and, I’m not sure about Garko. He seems to be more rooted in reality.

  31. vinny-b (Hank Blalock for 1st base) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    “Mike Francessa was doing the same thing on his show today (for those who saw it on YES in the first hour)”

    except Mike Francessa is a

    well, nevermind.

  32. trisha - I predicted the Rays over the Sux; I predicted the Phils over the Rays; stick with me. Yankees will win it all next season! :) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    FWIW

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/11.....136649.htm

  33. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    “Why would the Yankees put Manny in left and make Damon the DH when Damon is a better left fielder than Manny?

    And what is the fixation with Garko? He really isn’t a decent bat, especially as a first baseman.”

    With Abreu and Giambi leaving this team needs a Manny type bat, thats why. It seems like we are not going after Tex so we should sign Manny to a short term deal instead. 2 years with a team option would be nice. Garko is a solid 1B he isn’t Albert Pujols, or Ryan Howard with the bat but his defense is great also .290/14/90 are pretty good numbers its not as if he will be relied on to carry the offense. Obviously I would like Tex but I see the Angels going crazy with their offer.

  34. O*Line November 3rd, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Our defense is deplorable in all areas… we need to shore that up this off-season.

    Getting a real 1st baseman would be a start.

  35. Bronx Jeers November 3rd, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Pat,

    True. He got 6th

    Melky also got a 10th place nod.

  36. vinny-b (Hank Blalock for 1st base) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    “Are we talking nervous energy flipping it hand to hand to himself or is he making Stick and Jean Afterman run slants and curls?”

    lol.

    and hopefully it’s a nurf football. Nurf footballs rule.

  37. Sevendust November 3rd, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    If the objective is to improve defense, Nady should not sniff right field and Damon should not sniff CF.

  38. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    *.273 BA

  39. Frontier November 3rd, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I may be wrong, but wasn’t Garko considered below average defensively at 1B? I remember they tried to move him to LF.

    If a team has a 1B that can hit and field, he isin’t on the block. Very few teams have 2-way 1st baseman. Thats why Tex would be a very good investment.

  40. Sea Net November 3rd, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I want one of Manny or Tex this winter

  41. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Garko had only 4 errors in 121 games at first with a .996 fielding percentage so no he isn’t a butcher.

  42. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    “I want one of Manny or Tex this winter”

    We need one of those 2 IMO. We can’t lose Giambi and Abreu and pretend like nothing ever happened, thats 200+ RBI’s walking out the door.

  43. R-Tek November 3rd, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Garko wouldn’t be a bad option if you could get him on the cheap.

    SSS – but he did hit .314 with a HR, 2 doubles, a triple, 5 RBIs and 7 runs in the playoffs last year (9 games)

  44. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!)
    November 3rd, 2008 at 9:36 pm
    Garko had only 4 errors in 121 games at first with a .996 fielding percentage so no he isn’t a butcher.

    ——————————————————-
    Abreu only made 3 errors in right field in 150 games, but, nobody considers him a good fielder. Your numbers don’t support your arguement.

  45. Newark Bears November 3rd, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Al -

    Exactly. People think that Brett Gardner and a 38 yr old Posada will make up the 200 less runs we scored this year. And we’re losing 50 HRs and 200 RBIs from our underperformed offense right off the bat with the departure of Abreu/Giambi.

    Just like the Hughes groupies said that Santana wouldn’t have mattered this year with how horrid our offense is— the same can be said next year about Sabathia if we don’t improve the offense.

  46. RalphieD (Cant' Wait for Spring Training) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    hughes perfect through 4 with 6 k’s 47 pitches 32 strikes..

  47. EvoLuTioN November 3rd, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Hughes gameday pic looks pretty gangster.

  48. EvoLuTioN November 3rd, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    “Padres GM Kevin Towers recently spoke to the press, stating that Jake Peavy has now approved two AL teams in addition to his known five NL clubs. The Yankees and Angels are now possibilities. If there were to be any acceptable AL teams, it figured to be these two based on earlier rumblings”

    well i guess the peavy-mill is open again

  49. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    “Abreu only made 3 errors in right field in 150 games, but, nobody considers him a good fielder. Your numbers don’t support your arguement.”

    First baseman usually have a higher number of errors than right-fielders because they receive the ball more than any other fielder. Abreu is not a bad RF he is afraid of the wall and takes bad routes however he is not that bad.

    Newark Bears- I think that Tex would be perfect in this offense gold glove switch hitting first baseman with tons of left-handed power. He would smack at least 40 HR’s playing half his games at YS. However its asking alot of Cash to sign CC, Tex and AJ.

  50. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    “Hughes gameday pic looks pretty gangster.”

    Hughes can take on the world in his prescription specs and developing facial hair.

  51. vinny-b (Hank Blalock for 1st base) November 3rd, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    “well i guess the peavy-mill is open again”

    wonderful

  52. SDYankee November 3rd, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Hey Pete

    Thanks for blogging!

    The open lot is planned to be luxury homes…since the housing bust it has remained a lot.

    If you got the bucks and the time try Sapphires in Laguna Beach…great food, great wine.

  53. SDYankee November 3rd, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Hey does Phil Hughes qualify as a prospect again?;
    he pitched 5 shutout innings tonight in the AzFL, struck out 8 and gave up only one hit.

  54. T D November 3rd, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    How could they not pick up Martes option? He’d get 20 mil over 3 yrs on the market being a proven lefty wit closing ability.

  55. RustyJohn November 4th, 2008 at 2:13 am

    Okay, call me crazy, but what’s Pavano owed if his option is picked up? $13 million or thereabouts? I believe there is a $2 million buyout, so that would mean $11 million in additional obligations if he is brought back. Last year they paid Pettite 16 million to be league average. Given all the issues surrounding the staff, why not pick up the option? You have the certainty of Wang, Joba and I am assuming Hughes. How will Hughes do? Who knows. That leaves perhaps three spots to fill. If you don’t need him, you can trade Pavano and get something for him. If the option isn’t picked up, do the Yanks get any draft picks?

  56. doslobo38 November 4th, 2008 at 11:02 am

    I am amazed how many people on this blog give so little respect to Abreu. He has played his heart out for the Yankees. He is the most consistant professional hitter on the team, wears out pitchers, gets a ton of walks, has an amazing and dangerous arm, hit 20 home runs, scored 100 runs, hit a 100 rbi’s, stole 22 bases and folks talk about him like he is last year’s garbage. I don’t get it. If the Yankees don’t offer him a 2 year contract with a option for a third year they are idiots!

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