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Cashman wants a real first baseman

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 04, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Like everybody else, I want to watch the election results. But a little baseball before closing up shop here …

Talked to Brian Cashman about 1B and he wants nothing to do with converting players into that position, be they internal or external. That is a last option, he said.

“I don’t buy into the idea of using a Johnny Damon or a Hideki Matsui or converting somebody else,” he said. “I’d like us to get a player who knows how to play that position.”

Does that mean Mark Teixeira? Maybe so, but it’ll take a lot to get him away from the Angels.

Scott Boras said that while he’s talking to the Mets about a deal for Oliver Perez, it was likely he would get to the market. The Yankees would have to take a look if they strike out elsewhere, no?

Willie Randolph is a candidate with Seattle and Bobby Valentine could be as well.

Oakland hired Bobby Alejo as their strength coach. He is the former personal trainer of one Jason Giambi. It seems like a no-brainer for the Big G to return to the A’s. They need power, he loves it there.

As for the election, know this much: The Yankees have not won the Series with a Republican in the White House since Dwight Eisenhower was president.





30 Responses to “Cashman wants a real first baseman”

  1. trisha - Mike Mussina is still in my 2009 starting rotation November 4th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    If I were a superstitious baseball fan, I would be dancing in the streets over what appears to be a resounding democratic victory…


  2. Ed - looking forward to 2009 November 4th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Teixiera? Garko? Votto? who who who? ahh…the suspense is killing me. :(

  3. Brandon (TEIX IS NOT WORTH IT, GET CC !)..."Don't trade Robi !" November 4th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    I think it’s Votto.

  4. Ed - looking forward to 2009 November 4th, 2008 at 10:19 pm


    never know. if Cashman did infact landed a trade with Walt, then he’s going a good job keeping a secret.

  5. Paulie November 4th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    How about Casey Blake? He’s gotta come cheap.

  6. Scott November 4th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    garko is not even plan Z. he is not coming to the yankees.

  7. Joeysdadjoe November 4th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Could also mean re-signing Giambi at a lower price.He does “know how” to play first,just not very well.

  8. Brandon (TEIX IS NOT WORTH IT, GET CC !)..."Don't trade Robi !" November 4th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    “garko is not even plan Z. he is not coming to the yankees.”

    Thank you Cleo, wanna tell me the lotto numbers for tomorrow while your at it :roll:

  9. EllaFante November 4th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Get Chris Davis from the Rangers for pitching prospects

  10. Ed - looking forward to 2009 November 4th, 2008 at 10:27 pm


  11. AJW November 4th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    How are you seeing us getting Joey Votto Brandon? What do you give to the Reds in a deal. He’s a rookie as well and is yet unproven to do what this again year after year. Knee jerk reaction on your part I think.

  12. Scott November 4th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    has nothing to do with cleo has to do with using my brain. yankees are not getting a below avg offensive first baseman. The idea is to add players who can contribute not players who can bring the team down. A 700 ops first baseman will make the offense worse then they were last season.

  13. Scott November 4th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    they are not getting votto. the reds have no reason to trade him. he is young and cheap and he can play the outfield when alonzo is ready.

  14. AJW November 4th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Regarding Votto, that is what I was thinking Scott. They would be nuts to let him go.

  15. 86w183 November 4th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    I think a Blake/Miranda platoon is a real possibility if they cannot sign Teixiera. Don’t know if they would sign Adam Dunn and try him there.

    I see what Cashman said, but it’s not like there’s a market glut of talented 1B who can produce at the plate and excel in the field. Derrek Lee may be available in a trade, but I’m not sure what the price would be.

  16. hornblower November 4th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Call Nick Johnson and see if he is healed. If so tell Cash.

  17. bigjf November 4th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Maybe Mientkiewicz? If so, it would validate the effort I made to learn how to spell his name last time he was here.

    And is that the same trainer who injected Giambi with roids?

  18. Troy November 4th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Please be Teixeira. PLEASE BE TEIXEIRA

  19. Scott November 4th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I am with you Troy and if I had to make a bet I think Teix will be our guy. He fits exactly what the Yankees need to get this offense back on track.

  20. Troy November 4th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    There is one important thing I look at in the Teixeira sweepstakes… with all the money the Yankees will have this off-season, how will they be outbid if they seriously want Teixeira?

    I really like our chances at Teixeira and to be quite frank, he’s a need for 2009 and beyond. Why get Votto? We’d need to give up prospects for a lesser 1B than Teixeira. Why bother? Make the smart decision

    Nice to see it will be a 1B playing 1B next year, though. No more of this Posada crap (or, in 2010, Jeter crap).

  21. Scott November 4th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Cashman is very frugile in regards to giving prospects and if you notice the Yankees have had a trend of having very good hitting first basemen.
    Mattingly, Tino Martinez, Giambi.

    The Yankees think big when it comes to that position. I just can’t see them going with a player like Blake. I fully expect them to get Mark Teixera because it makes way too much sense.

  22. AJW November 5th, 2008 at 12:23 am

    All I want for Christmas is for this country to go in the right direction and to have CC and Tex to be in Yankee pinstripes.

  23. Troy November 5th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Scott and AJW

    I agree whole-heartedly. Teixeira is too good a player to pass up… he is someone to build around. Gotta sign him. Gotta

    I have this simple equation that I use when I have to explain to people why I think C.C. and Teixeira will be Yankees:

    Expiring contracts + new stadium revenue + the Steinbrenners already bottomless pockets

    If the Yankees seriously want C.C. and Teixeira (honestly, who wouldn’t?), who can outbid them? Anyone they want, they can get this off-season. Just a fact

    btw, I wouldn’t mind Burnett either

    C.C/Wang/Joba/Burnett/Pettitte sounds good to me. This team would never go on prolonged losing streaks. When Pettitte is the worst pitcher in your rotation, you’re in a pretty good position

  24. Scott November 5th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I really don’t want Burnett because he is the ultimate tease. He also only stays healthy in his contract years. Go back to his previous two years before this past year. he was injured. I don’t think Burnett can be trusted. I think the Yankees would be better off long term with this rotation:
    1. Sabathia
    2. Wang
    3. Mussina
    4. Chamberlain
    5. Pettitte

    Allows Phil Hughes more time to develop and earn his way on the team as a starter. If Mussina doesn’t come back then they may have to look outside the organization although they do have options with Coke and Aceves as a no 5 starter.

  25. Scott November 5th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I think there is also extra motivation to get CC and Teix because they missed the playoffs last year and finished in third place. They have to make sure that doesn’t happen again and what better way to do that by signing the two top free agents.

  26. Troy November 5th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that as well. The Steinbrenners own this team, they will always try and put the best product on the field.

    As for Burnett… I can see both sides of the issue. One side is that he’s injury-prone and, by signing him to a contract of 4/5 years, if guys like Brackman, Betances, Horne, Garcia panned out, they’d be blocked by an unmovable player. At the same time, Burnett, when healthy, can be a dominating pitcher who any team would love in their rotation.

    If it came down to Moose vs. Burnett, I’d probably take Moose. 2 years of Moose and then a prospect can take over if their ready to enter the rotation.

    But C.C. and Teixeira are musts this off-season. I’m fairly sure the Yankees will get them

  27. Iris November 5th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    tex !! C.C. !! Tex !! C.C. !! Tex !! C.C !! Ahhh go cashman !!

  28. Troy November 5th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I love how Gammons is questioning whether the Yankees could afford Teixeira if they signed C.C. and Burnett.

    With 75 million coming off the cap and those two taking 35 on the new payroll, you don’t think they could afford Teixeira?

    Teixeira will either be an Angel or Yankee. The Yankees will not allow Boston to outbid them for Teixeira, and if they outbid Boston, chances are they will have outbid the Angels.

    All I’m saying is that the Yankees know how strong the Red Sox are. You think they’ll allow them to get better? I think not

  29. bru November 5th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    the red sox have a lot of money to spend and are set up very well going forward.

    if they got tex and a good pitcher we are in trouble.

    the yankees have to get sabathia,tex,dempster.those 3 will cost us no prospects because of a trade.

    let’s send a strong message to the sox.

  30. Troy November 5th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Not Dempster.

    I understand the Red Sox have a lot of money themselves, but the Yankees have much more. Missing the playoffs this past season while Boston nearly won another World Series… do you think the Yankees will let the Red Sox get Teixeira? Allow Boston to outbid them? I think not.

    I don’t mean to come off as an arrogant Yankee fan, but it is what it is. The Yankees won’t allow the Red Sox to outbid them. It’s just a fact.

    C.C. and Teixeira are musts… Burnett (the only other big-name FA worth pursuing) would be gravy.

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