It’s a slow, cold Sunday in early December. Seems like a good day to pass along a random story Brian Cashman told last week in Dallas.
I believe it was after Mark Buehrle signed with the Marlins that Cashman was asked whether he can tell — when a free agent approaches the Yankees — whether that player is sincerely interested in playing in the Bronx or simply trying to drive up his own value.
“I guess it depends,” Cashman said. “Sometimes that answer is yes. Sometimes that answer is no, and you have to go through the process.
“I do think that we have a pretty strong pro scouting department. Our scouts know a lot of these players individually, live near them or around them or played with them or what have you. We get pretty good information. There are certain guys currently in this free agent market who I know have no interest in playing in New York because they flat out told our personnel sometime in the summer. Now they probably wish they didn’t, but that’s good information to know.
“When we start going through our pro scouting meetings, we’ll start going through the player and (a scout will say) ‘This guy does not want to play here. He told me this in this city and he says he’d never play there, doesn’t want to play there.’ Ok, let’s move on. We don’t even cover him any further than that.”
As an example, here’s the story Cashman told:
“I won’t tell you the name, but there was a guy that was on vacation, and there happened to be a Yankee fan that we knew that was on vacation with him in Mexico,” he said. “All he did was badmouth this place, but I can’t tell you how many times he called trying to get a job here when things didn’t go well in free agency for him, and he was desperate to come here, (saying) ‘Oh, I want to be a Yankee.’
“And I wouldn’t even take the call. I was like, you’re so full of it. I even told his agent, ‘Look, tell your client, our people were right there with him drinking those pina coladas when he was badmouthing us. He doesn’t want to play here. He just wants our money.”
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