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Some bits and pieces from Cashman

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

Brian Cashman just met with the New York reporters who are here.

As you might imagine, it’s not like he sits there and runs down the list of players he wants. But a few interesting things did come out of the session:

1. He does not consider center field a priority. With Brett Gardner, Johnny Damon and Melky Cabrera around and Austin Jackson on the way, the Yankees are deep there.

2. The Yankees are out to acquire two starters. “We won’t be one and done,” Cashman said. You can interpret that in a few ways. It could be one new player and Andy Pettitte, two new players or maybe two new players and Pettitte. Cashman said that right now, Wang and Joba are the only starters he has.

3. Joba will start the 2009 season as a starter and they’ll come up with a plan to protect him as best they can.

4. Ian Kennedy will pitch winter ball in Puerto Rico. He is Tampa throwing now and is scheduled to start his first game on Friday.

5. Robbie Cano has been cleared to play one month in the Dominican Winter League starting Nov. 22. He’ll DH only. Kevin Long will be in the Dominican on Nov. 15 for a week to work with Robbie on the swing changes they incorporated at the end of last season.

6. The Yankees are close to naming a third base coach and it sounds like it will come from within. That could mean Luis Sojo.

7. Cashman said they were sorry to lose Rafael Chaves. But he was getting a promotion with the Dodgers.

8. Cashman hasn’t spoken to Mike Mussina since calling him a few days after the season to congratulate him on winning 20 games. He claims not to know whether the Moose will retire.

9. Not that you care much. But Eric Milton and Victor Zambrano are free agents again. The Yankees basically paid them to throw bullpens in Tampa last year. I would assume that gives them a leg up should they want to bring them back.

Back with more later.

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98 Responses to “Some bits and pieces from Cashman”

  1. Ralow November 3rd, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Hmmm…I wonder if the pitchers available for “new guy 1″ and “new guy 2″ includes Pettitte and Mussina. He doesn’t seem to imply that either will be back.

  2. ed in pr November 3rd, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Any idea what team/league IPK will be pitching for out here in PR?

  3. Joey's Poodle November 3rd, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Okay, no Pettitte (glad to hear, since we’re not looking at ‘assorted bums’ to replace him), and no Mussina (hurray for him going out on top); they always said he was smart.

  4. The Monarch November 3rd, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Pete,

    Ralow beat me to the punch.

    Could New guy #2 actually be old guy #46 or #35?

  5. Dennis November 3rd, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Please Moose, come back!

  6. Tom November 3rd, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    so Wang’s now a #3 starter?

  7. populoso November 3rd, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    So, Cashman is just going to let Mussina retire? Awesome.

  8. 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 6:50 pm

    Until I hear otherwise, Moose is coming back. So is Bobby Abreu.

    I think that’s the extent of my wishlist.

    About CF – big surprise. Maybe it pays for people to listen when Cashman talks.

  9. EricNS November 3rd, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Who picks up the Rajah of Rehab?

  10. Celerino Sanchez November 3rd, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Does anyone really think Mussina will approach is 2008 performance in 2009? Think about how bad he looked in 07. He’ll need a raise over the 11 mil he made last year. Who knows what that would take?

    I think it’s time to cut ties with him and Pettitte.

  11. Celerino Sanchez November 3rd, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    so Wang’s now a #3 starter?

    If they sign Sabathia and Burnett, probably!

  12. 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 6:52 pm

    I think Moose will approach his 2008 performance in 2009; in fact, I think he’ll be better.

    I am ready to cut ties with Pettitte.

  13. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and show CC the money (and food)! November 3rd, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    “4. Ian Kennedy will pitch winter ball in Puerto Rico. He is Tampa throwing now and is scheduled to start his first game on Friday.”

    That’s good.

  14. Tom November 3rd, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Trish, if you learn one thing about some (most?) of the people who post here, let it be this: it does not matter what Cashman says. People will still be posting about the CF job on this post.

  15. Peter Abraham November 3rd, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Guys:

    Mussina is not coming back. Go back and listen to the audio I posted before and after his final start. He made it pretty clear without coming out and saying it.

    I’m not saying Wang is a No. 3 or that Pettitte isn’t coming back. I think Pettitte probably does come back. But with Joba’s innings limited and injuries that are sure to crop up, they are going to need six seven or eight starters.

    I think one way or another they’ll acquire two players from outside the organization and re-sign Pettitte and add that to Joba and Wang then see what happens.

  16. 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 6:54 pm

    Poor Cashman. Can you imagine how much easier a life he would have if he didn’t have to have reporter sessions? I wonder if every GM is forced to meet with the press.

  17. Dave D November 3rd, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Nice to see Cashman admit that we need 2 starters and is basically saying that what his plan is. He has become much more open in the media this past year than normal. Good to see.

  18. 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 6:55 pm

    “Trish, if you learn one thing about some (most?) of the people who post here, let it be this: it does not matter what Cashman says. People will still be posting about the CF job on this post.”

    :D

    Pete – until Moose comes out and says he is not coming back I will choose to believe he is still coming back. Thank you.

  19. Tom November 3rd, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    I was going to use the phrase “jerking around Wang” in regards to my post about him being a #3 guy, but, this is a family blog (with stripper ads).

  20. Wilson November 3rd, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Sojo would be a good addition. He probably isin’t a better 3B coach than Meachum, but he is a voice in that clubhouse that the players will resonate with like Cano. He has a very good relationship with him.

  21. 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 6:58 pm

    I also heard Mussina talking to Kim Jones after he won number 20 and he didn’t sound like someone who knew he wasn’t coming back. In fact he really hedged with his comments and talked about the fact that the Yankees would have a say in it also.

    I don’t believe he’s ready to retire. Yes there is wishful thinking in there but I’ve heard him talk about it and it didn’t at all strike me like he had made a decision.

  22. Edwards November 3rd, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Abreu is gone. Cashman said Damon and Matsui are not going anywhere. He has also said he likes Gardner in CF.

    LF – Damon
    CF – Gardner
    RF – Nady
    DH – Matsui

  23. 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 7:01 pm

    Edwards until the Yankees announce Abreu is gone I will believe he is coming back.

  24. vinny-b (Hank Blalock for 1st base) November 3rd, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    “I was going to use the phrase “jerking around Wang” in regards to my post about him being a #3 guy, but, this is a family blog (with stripper ads”

    LMAO

  25. Tom November 3rd, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Pete, Cashman said nothing about 1B?

  26. populoso November 3rd, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    “Mussina is not coming back. Go back and listen to the audio I posted before and after his final start. He made it pretty clear without coming out and saying it.”

    That was over a month ago.

  27. Bronx Jeers November 3rd, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I guess it all depends on who the mystery starters turn out to be but so far the back end of next years rotation is looking eerily like this seasons.

    Yipppeee!!!!

  28. pat November 3rd, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I read somewhere that Mick Kelleher who has been working in the Yankees system lately, is a top candidate for the 3rd base coach job.

  29. EY November 3rd, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Don’t need Holliday.
    #1. CC
    #1. Tex
    #3. One more starter (in case we lose Moose)
    And we’re good to go.
    Do it Cash.

  30. Peter Abraham November 3rd, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Trisha:

    What an inane comment. GMs are not “forced” to talk to reporters. Then run baseball teams, not the CIA. We ask them questions about baseball, they answer them, we write stories for the sports section. Shockingly, employees of a baseball team like the fact that fans are interested in their teams.

    Poor Cashman? He invited us to his suite, we sat around and asked him questions and then we talked informally for another 10 minutes or so because he’s friendly with most all of us. He’s a nice person. How does that hurt his quality of life?

    If I could do this blog again I would have people pass an intelligence test to post.

  31. SJ44 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    The Yankees won’t announce Abreu isn’t coming back because he is a free agent.

    He has already filed and the Yankees haven’t had a single conversation with his agent, Peter Greenberg.

    He isn’t coming back. He wants a 3 year deal and the Yankees have no interest in signing him to a 3 year deal.

    They will take the draft picks and move on.

  32. Joe29 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    manny in left

  33. MR YANKEES November 3rd, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    get tex nd texera forget about a #2 starter phil hughes

  34. pat November 3rd, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    “If I could do this blog again I would have people pass an intelligence test to post.”

    No time like the present.

  35. 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 7:21 pm

    Hey Pete, sticks and stones if you know what I mean. You’re certainly not Buster Olney because when he talked with us even if he felt our comments were whacked out he treated us with respect.

    Yes I feel bad for Cashman since his job is difficult enough without having to report to the press. And I don’t believe for a minute that if he had a choice of meeting with the press or passing up the opportunity that he would always want to hang out with the press.

    About the intelligence test? Maybe anyone can pass the bar if they study hard enough but the pass rate isn’t really high. But your opinion of my intelligence hardly defines me. I’m sure you already knew that.

  36. S.o.S.27 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Mussina could be Favreing it.

    Manny in right.

  37. 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 7:22 pm

    SJ how do you know there have been no conversations with his agent?

  38. kd November 3rd, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Amen Pete, sometimes it’s hard to read through comments after one like that.

    Ok, SJ. Abreu’s gone. I support that. Who hit’s 3rd next year?

  39. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    A few weeks ago there was the Yanks trading for Ricky Nolasco rumor. That would be an attractive thing to explore young starter who can strikeout opposing batters at decent clip with low BB totals.

  40. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and show CC the money (and food)! November 3rd, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Peter-any thought on registration/logging in for this blog? I would be for it.

  41. 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 7:25 pm

    Gee maybe Pete can appoint a few deputies for when he can’t be here and they can be the judge of what comments are good enough to pass the intelligence test.

    Pat, Kd? Sounds like you’re the right people for the job.

  42. kd November 3rd, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    the media is part of his job, trisha. he has to deal with them. don’t feel bad for cashman. he has the premier job in his field and he just decided to come back.

  43. Ed - looking forward to 2009 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    “A few weeks ago there was the Yanks trading for Ricky Nolasco rumor. That would be an attractive thing to explore young starter who can strikeout opposing batters at decent clip with low BB totals.”

    ———–

    Al, come agian….Yanks trading for Nolasco? that would be awesome, and that means I predicted the future. I must admit that I have him in my rotation on my PS3 as the #3 guy. LOL. :wink:

  44. PAT M. November 3rd, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Frustrating isn’t it Pete…….Critics obsessed with cynicism

  45. Peter Abraham November 3rd, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Trisha:

    I treat my readers with respect by updating my blog as often and as accurately as I can. I don’t need you denigrating my profession and my work ethic. I helped set up that meeting with Cashman today. I didn’t do it for kicks, I did it to get you information on the Yankees.

    You’re the first one who e-mails me whenever somebody gives you a hard time on the blog asking me to ban them. This is the thanks I get, you saying I ruin Cashman’s life.

  46. 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 7:31 pm

    kd, don’t you think that Cashman would love to be able to figure out what he needs to do for the Yankees without having to report it to the press? Don’t you think there have to be times that GMs see the press as huge pains in their backsides? If they don’t answer a question straight up, or if they need to back off something for some reason or another, they get fried by the media. If they want to keep something close to the vest, they get tortured for not being “honest”. I think the press has a tendency to be extremely intrusive and I don’t think it’s always the best thing for the baseball organization. The fans – well some of them anyway – may be dancing in the streets, but I know there were a whole host of people who respected the times that the organization felt the need to be circumspect.

    Just my opinion.

  47. Drive 4-5 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Even though Texiera fits the bill perfectly at first base,especially if they part ways with Abreu, there doesnt seem to be much early mention of him. The Angels are going to make him a serious offer and I hope the Yanks at least compete with them. Boston & Baltimore could also be in the mix.

    I understand 100% not wanting to give Abreu a 3 year deal at his age. But the fact remains that losing him leaves a large hole that needs to be somehow filled.

  48. SJ44 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Trisha,

    Greenberg said last week there have been no discussions between he and the Yankees re: Abreu, when asked by several reporters.

    Fwiw, he has also said the same thing privately re: this issue.

  49. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    ““A few weeks ago there was the Yanks trading for Ricky Nolasco rumor. That would be an attractive thing to explore young starter who can strikeout opposing batters at decent clip with low BB totals.”
    —————-

    Al, come agian….Yanks trading for Nolasco? that would be awesome, and that means I predicted the future. I must admit that I have him in my rotation on my PS3 as the #3 guy. LOL.”

    I know its a fairly unrealistic PS3 type trade but hes a good pitcher who I would prefer pitching at the end of the rotation over Aceves/Rasner. I have heard that the Marlins are yet again in fire-sale mode I wonder what it would take to get Nolasco?

  50. Ed - looking forward to 2009 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Pete,

    is tomorrow’s video live chat 11am EST?

  51. Tommy November 3rd, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Glad to hear CF is not a priority. I am comfortable with having Melky and Gardner fight for the starting job there. I think Gardner has a lot potential upside and I hope the Yanks don’t give up on him too quickly. Melky would be a fine 4th outfielder.

  52. Peter Abraham November 3rd, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Ed: Yes, EST.

    However, I may not be here. Since I don’t want to intrude on the poor GMs and be a pest with my questions, I may just go home. It’s not like people care about the Yankees or what they’ll do.

    If you have any questions about the Yankees, e-mail Trisha. She’ll handle it. I’m done.

  53. pat November 3rd, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Trisha

    My response was a general comment and not addressed to anyone in particular. If you choose to take it personally, that’s on you.

  54. SJ44 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    trisha,

    Cashman doesn’t see the media with the same vitriol as you do.

    In fact, Cash has been able to get his side of a story out on different issues (in his favor) numerous times.

    The media isn’t the enemy. Cashman certainly doesn’t see them as such.

  55. Ed - looking forward to 2009 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Al, in an Absolut Vodka world…Rasner and Betemit for Nolasco. lol :)

  56. 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 7:38 pm

    Pete – I am not saying you ruin Cashman’s life. I am just saying that Cashman and other GMs must wish there were times they didn’t have to deal with the press. I don’t think that’s an outlandish thought nor do I think it shows that I lack intelligence.

    Yes I did ask you to ban someone but only because the person was posting filthy and vile things.

    I guess I tend to feel more protective about the Yankee organization keeping things close to the vest. That is one perspective and I am not the only one who has voiced that opinion. I don’t feel the fans have the right to know everything and I have never been upset when I have found out one thing was said and another later reported. But that’s just how I feel. I bet if I were a member of the press corps I would not feel that way. But I’m not.

    And no matter how many times you come at me and call me things, unfortunately there is something so likeable about you that it’s okay. You’re just a feisty fella.

  57. S.o.S.27 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    “You’re the first one who e-mails me whenever somebody gives you a hard time on the blog asking me to ban them.”

    Pete,
    You would have to ban most bloggers here if thats the case. I dont have a problem with Trisha. But she is that black sheep of this blog. From keep Igawa to Wang isnt an Ace. We all have different personalities. An I.Q. test wont make everyone on this blog agree. Look at this as family that you have to learn to deal with different personalities. I mostly come here to get my yankee fix from the all stars of the blog and make people smile. Some come here to get people going. Its all good. Pete your doing a great job. Dont ban us for dissagreeing. This for some is their second home.

  58. 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 7:43 pm

    Pat, unfortunately your comment came on the heels of Pete calling my comments inane and then talking about an intelligence test. So yeah I read it that way.

    Nobody knew me better than my dad and he always said I had a head like a rock. I guess that means when I think a certain way it is almost impossible to disuede me.

  59. Billy November 3rd, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Trisha,

    Way to go. You got Pete mad and now he isn’t going to update us as much anymore. I wish I could ban you from making such stupid comments.

  60. Drive 4-5 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Anybody seen bobcat?:)

  61. 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 7:47 pm

    “But she is that black sheep of this blog.”

    HEY!

    :lol:

    “From keep Igawa to Wang isnt an Ace.”

    Now now, I have readily admitted that I called it wrong on Igawa. And I also came over to the ace side of the house on Wang! I just said that he had shown a tendency to be inconsistent.

    But not EVERYTHING I’ve called has been wrong! In fact, I have done pretty well in the big picture stuff, which is where I tend to excel. (read my tagline). So I called a few players wrong.

    ;)

  62. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    “Al, in an Absolut Vodka world…Rasner and Betemit for Nolasco. lol”

    I know this would be an extremely unpopular move but I’d trade Hughes for Nolasco. It would be a lateral move, trading young pitching for young pitching. Hughes needs another 2 years before he can go 200 innings. Last year Nolasco pitched 212 innings so he would be the better pitcher innings wise.

  63. Ban Trisha November 3rd, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Trisha I have seen you make so many ridiculous comments on this blog, it is truly astounding.

  64. Ban Trisha November 3rd, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Also you should apologize to Pete!

  65. Wang IS Taiwan November 3rd, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Pete, don’t bother trying to communicate with posters like Trisha. Some folks are just idiots. Waste of time.

    I love Sojo, but he was just as bad as Meacham was at 3rd base. It was painful to watch. As long as he’s used elsewhere as a coach,that’s great.

  66. you gotta have faith (MOOSE FOR PRESIDENT!) November 3rd, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    woahh drama on this blog today lol

    anyway im happy robbie is working on his new swing and is playing even if its only DHing, he can really make a differnce, he was on fire that week after the all-star break and thats the robbie i hope to see next year :)

  67. kd November 3rd, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Trisha,

    You are essentially insulting what Pete does for a living. He goes above and beyond the scope of duty to have this blog for us, and you said he made Cashman’s life difficult. Pete has said on several occasions that he and Cashman have a good relationship. If you don’t believe that, then you’re calling him a liar, even worse. It’s not whether you think he’s likable, it’s whether you think he’s honorable.

  68. 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 7:50 pm

    Geeze Billy I have the right to speak my mind. Nothing says people have to agree with it. And it would take far more than me to have someone like Pete decide to walk away from his passion.

  69. Bronx Jeers November 3rd, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    I guess it all depends on who the mystery starters turn out to be but so far the back end of next years rotation is looking eerily like this seasons.

    Yipppeee!!!!
    ————————————————————–

    OK, disregard if Pettite comes back.

    CC?
    wang
    mystery starter # 2
    pettite ?
    Chamberlain/Hughes/Aceves

    As long as mystery starter #2 is a bonfide ML pitcher, I’d be real satisfied. Hughes/Joba should be in a low pressure situation. Not do or die like last year

    Still need to make up for all those 200 lost RBI’s without Giambi/Abreu

    Healthy Posada/Matsui should be 100-maybe 120. Hoipefully ARod can continue to do the odd year breakout. Can’t see getting to many more runs out of Jeter/Cano/Nady.

    1B is where we need Cash to use his magic wand.

    CC and mystery starter are likely to eat up the money needed for Teixeira. Maybe that’s good but I think he’s a great player. A 4 tool guy but who ever heard of a speedy 1B?

    Make us proud Cash!!!

  70. Tseng November 3rd, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Wang’s consistently inconsistent at times?

  71. Freddy November 3rd, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Pete is OWNING trisha, I love it!!!!

  72. Billy November 3rd, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    I wonder if Trisha knows what words like “inane” and “denigrate” mean. Pete is using his journalism vocab. there.

  73. S.o.S.27 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    “Anybody seen bobcat?:)”

    drive 4-5
    What i heard is he was told by Pete to stop posting his here say unless he would be more specific. Something like that. So he decided to no longer post. All i can remember is they will tell you what you want to here. Objects are closer than they appear. It was fun while it lasted.

  74. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 3rd, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Too much drama in here today reminds me of when the season was still going on and the Yankees are dead crowd would feud with the Yankees are still alive crowd. Just stop the arguing its the most pathetic thing in the world to have “internet beef”.

  75. 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 7:55 pm

    Mama mia, how about this. Rather than have people feeling despondent over what I said, I take it all back. Maybe Cashman doesn’t mind having to deal with the press. I guess it’s possible that he actually enjoys it. And you are all right on the money when you say that Pete has done nothing but a major service for Yankee fans and continues to do so by having this blog.

    I apologize for not being appreciative enough of his efforts.

  76. 4 x 4 November 3rd, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    There are far worse journalists in the NY media than Pete. To say that he is ruining Cashman’s life is ridiculous.

    If Cashman hated the media that much, he would have walked, point blank. The “Cashman hates the media” myth is unfounded.

  77. The Monarch November 3rd, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Peter,

    1) I am aware of what Mussina said to you when the season ended. However, I have read numerous articles that he is torn about it now and hasn’t decided. It is very possible that he answered your question honestly, and honestly could change his mind. It is very reasonable to ask whether he comes back next year; just ask Bret Favre.

    2) I greatly appreciate your blog and what you do. But I wouldn’t recommend talking about requiring an IQ test to post. What is this anyway but a glorified way to shoot the breeze?

    Yikes.

  78. Billy November 3rd, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Trisha,

    You shouldn’t have to be guilted into saying that. I can’t tell if you are being sincere or not.

  79. 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 7:58 pm

    Hey Billy, I got yelled at once by a poster who said I intentionally used big words. Don’t flatter yourself into thinking I don’t understand.

    Freddy – when a person owns the blog, it is easy for the person to own people who post there.

    :)

  80. PAT M. November 3rd, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Pete, If time permits, play a round of golf at Monarch Bay ….Great course, great view, serious dollars….Wonder if the GM’s ever hit the links and work on some deals like they used to in years past……

  81. OldYanksFan November 3rd, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    “If I could do this blog again I would have people pass an intelligence test to post.”
    You means we won’t get posts like:
    “get tex nd texera forget about a #2 starter phil hughes”
    How about a 6th grade level command of the Englash language?

  82. populoso November 3rd, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    “If I could do this blog again I would have people pass an intelligence test to post.”

    I’ll take one if you pass it.

  83. searay November 3rd, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Insulting Pete? Calling him a liar? Because someone thinks GMs would have it easier if they didn’t have to report to the press as often? BAHAHAHA! Pete does have self appointed deputies doesn’t he.

  84. Drive 4-5 November 3rd, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Reading through other posts you can see quite a negative tone on all sides. Maybe it’s the anticipation of some positive news coming out of the Yankee camp. Lord knows we could all use some.

    Pete does a great job and works hard at his craft. Personally, I work hard all day too and come here because it’s the best site on the ‘net for Yankee news and banter. I come here for enjoyment. There’s no enjoyment in all this drama. Here’s hoping folks can settle their differences and be more respectful.

    Till this place becomes fun again, I’ll settle for second best and go elsewhere for my Yankee fix.

  85. 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 8:02 pm

    Billy, actually I am being sincere when I say that Pete does really provide a great service for Yankee fans and is very passionate about his job.

    By the way, oddly enough to believe perhaps, but journalism was my major in College.

  86. 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 8:04 pm

    “Insulting Pete? Calling him a liar? Because someone thinks GMs would have it easier if they didn’t have to report to the press as often?”

    Geeze, thank you for that. That is all I was saying!

  87. RonH November 3rd, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Count me in on the “blog police” if needed, Pete.

  88. MJR (Shut Up Steve Phillips) November 3rd, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    6. The Yankees are close to naming a third base coach and it sounds like it will come from within. That could mean Luis Sojo.

    !!!!!! NICE!!!!!!!

    Another one of my favorites!

    Soho is always good for the locker room.

  89. 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 8:07 pm

    For those who were worried Pete was upset, he has already posted above. He has more information for you up there.

  90. rackem November 3rd, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Well Trisha, all I would say to you is that if Journalism was in fact your major, you should appreciate the job members of the press such as Pete do. Your comments made it seem like Pete was a burden on Cashman.

  91. OldYanksFan November 3rd, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    “Englash language?” Hahahahahahahaha
    EDIT BUTTON PLEASE!

  92. Migue November 3rd, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    @ ed in pr: IPK will be pitching for the Mayagüez Indians, season starts on Nov. 6th!

  93. 86w183 November 3rd, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Trisha…. A word in your defense. It’s true every GM’s job would be easier without all the media attention. It’s also true those jobs would pay about a tenth of what they do as a result. Media scrutiny follows fan interest, it doesn’t create it. Most media guys are decent people and I think they try to respect the GM’s job but at time it must be an adversarial relationship and when it is, they DO avoid dealing with the media.

    Maybe that explains it more clearly than brainless name calling.

    Now on to the hot stove… if the Yanks are counting on Joba then my guess is two outsiders or one plus Pettite. The # 5 job can be a competition among the many candidates starting with Hughes, Kennedy and Aceves plus whoever else is in camp. If no one emerges, then a trade might be in order.

    Pete— did you ask about the Marte rumor or get any inkling where Cashman is leaning in that regard?

  94. bodhisattva November 3rd, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Hughes is apparently pitching tonight. Did not know that. Go Phil.

    Thanks for the info on Cashman. The offseason is long and it’s always nice to receive updates.

  95. Joe29 November 3rd, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Padres GM towers reports Jake Peavy now would waive his no trade for 2 AL Teams, those teams being the Yankees and Angels. Wow jump on that Cashman.

  96. joe "moses" torre November 4th, 2008 at 4:00 am

    is big pete picking up all his marbles and going home?

  97. Matt November 4th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Pete, you said the 3rd base coach is within the organization, if it isnt Luis Sojo, could it be Tino Martinez?

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