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Cashman reaches out to Derrek Lee, Chipper Jones, Scott Rolen

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 11, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

How thin are the Yankees options to replace Mark Teixeira? This morning, Brian Cashman acknowledged calling around to retired players to gauge their interest. He’s specifically called about Derrek Lee, Chipper Jones and Scott Rolen.

“I’d rather say it shows how creative we would like to be,” Cashman said. “… We’re looking at what we have here. We’re going to look at what’s playing outside of here. And we’re going to look at – in a few, select cases – what’s not playing at all. But that, what’s not playing at all category, those are unique players in my opinion. Past that, if you’re not playing, there’s a reason for it.”

The most serious conversations seem to have taken place with Lee, who last played in the big leagues in 2011 when he hit 19 home runs with the Pirates and Orioles.

“I reached out to him,” Cashman said. “I expressed an interest. He’s the type of player that is Yankee-like in terms of capabilities when he was playing and makeup for the clubhouse and stuff like that. I just planted the seed, if you have an interest in thinking of playing, let me know. … I just wanted to make him aware that it’s something I’m thinking about if he has any thoughts on it. As of right now, he’s not here obviously. I think he was intrigued. That’s where we’re at.”

As for Rolen, Cashman said he doesn’t expect anything to happen on that front.

“I had a conversation but nothing to report,” Cashman said. “I think he chose not to play. I think he had a legitimate offer from the Reds and he chose not to play is my understanding.”

The Jones conversation was much more of a Hail Mary. Cashman didn’t have a phone number for Jones’ agent, so he literally asked reporters to tweet about the Yankees having an interest. And it worked. Within minutes, Jones’ agent had responded by saying Jones has no interest in playing.

As a fun oddity about this already odd conversation with reporters, Cashman constantly referred to Jones as Larry instead of Chipper. It’s technically correct, but still…

“I’d take Larry in a heartbeat, I think everybody would,” Cashman said. “(But) I think if Larry was interested in playing, the team he’s got there in Atlanta would be the easiest one to come back for.”

 
 

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69 Responses to “Cashman reaches out to Derrek Lee, Chipper Jones, Scott Rolen”

  1. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    If Cashman wants Chipper to come back then a good first step would probably be to stop calling him Larry

  2. RadioKev March 11th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Repost:

    It’s one thing to privately ask Chipper’s agent if he’d like to come out of retirement to play for the Yankees. It’s another thing to publicly float it to reporters. It’s just stupid.

    I guess maybe he’s just trying to be funny…

  3. Cashmoney March 11th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Let me see, assessing internal options, looking for what’s available outside of that.. that’s creative? There something wrong with Cashman…

  4. Bronx Jeers March 11th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    This reminds me of a Broadway show when the star breaks a foot in previews and the producers decide to replace them with somebody that nobody really wants to see but that everybody knows.

    The part of Glenn Close will be played by……Kirstie Alley!

  5. yankeefeminista March 11th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    No to Derrek Lee and Co. As for Cash, he thinks aloud to the media about everything. He needs to go find his filter and put it back on.

  6. Shame Spencer March 11th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    This is completely f*cking ridiculous…

    Apparently the guys we have on our roster are so bad we need to try to convince people to un-retire??!

    Is this a joke?

    No? Okay then.

  7. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    The only one Id be interested in is Chipper because he can still play

  8. RadioKev March 11th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I wouldn’t mind Lee on a minor league deal. Having options doesn’t hurt.

  9. RadioKev March 11th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    The only one Id be interested in is Chipper because he can still play
    ————

    Yeah, but there’s not even a .1% chance he unretires and plays for the Yankees. It’s pure fantasy baseball :)

  10. Mike Ri March 11th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    The only one Id be interested in is Chipper because he can still play

    —-
    Agree—- Be pretty cool seeing Chipper ! .

  11. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Id bring lee to camp but wouldn’t promise him anything…..it’s doubtful he’d be better than what they have

  12. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    “Yeah, but there’s not even a .1% chance he unretires and plays for the Yankees. It’s pure fantasy baseball ”

    Sure but doesn’t hurt to ask

  13. Doreen March 11th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I actually don’t think it’s stupid that Cashman put it out on Twitter. It’s kind of the world we live in, and it’s not a secret that Tex is out and Alex is out and that Mustelier’s forcing his way into the conversation notwithstanding, there is no one in Yankees camp that is a no-brainer to help out.

    And he got a quick answer, besides, without having to play telephone tag.

    Does anyone call Chipper Jones “Larry?” If there was a test and you had to guess his first name, even multiple choice, I wouldn’t have gotten it! LOL

    So, it looks like Lee is the only one with any level of interest at all. I would bet that’s not going to happen.

    Listen, if Mustelier wasn’t impressing, I don’t think there’d be all that much uproar over Cashman looking at these guys. We weren’t exactly excited about the other possibilities at all.

    ****

    Last year was abysmal with regard to situational hitting. If the bases were loaded, I walked away. It was depressing. And they were all culprits. The fewer outs, the worse it was.

    It was almost like everyone at bat was envisioning his own Yankeeography every time the opportunity came to drive in a ton a runs, and they couldn’t take the pressure. Someone needs to tell these guys singles are good. Going first to third is good. Scoring from second is good.

    And yet, they managed to put 95 wins on the board, warts and all!

  14. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I don’t think it’s stupid to put it on twitter either…. Maybe a bunch of Yankee fans will tweet Chipper and get him to think about it….I know I did!

  15. ac1 March 11th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Id bring lee to camp but wouldn’t promise him anything…..it’s doubtful he’d be better than what they have
    ___

    Guy hasnt played in over a year.
    No way he is ready in two weeks and somehow useful to us.

  16. Cashmoney March 11th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    On a front that is slightly more interesting… Cashmoney has ascend the ranks AA been promoted to AAA railraiders?, time to put on my pillaging face!

  17. Cashmoney March 11th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Cashman ought to tweet he is thinking about kidnapping Chipper’s family pets and extort him into playing DH!

  18. randy l. March 11th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    “If Cashman wants Chipper to come back then a good first step would probably be to stop calling him Larry”

    you think? :)

    one of the things that happens when any business enterprise starts to lose it is when they start just trying anything to get things back on course.

    it’s obvious with calling chipper jones that cashman is losing it.

  19. RadioKev March 11th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Nah, Chipper would be a great pick up. It’s just not happening.

  20. Shame Spencer March 11th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Hehehehe.. poor WBC.

    ?@sportsJC16

    All you need to know about WBC interest down here. Duffy’s, a local sports bar chain, is GIVING AWAY tix. Good seats too. $1 surcharge.

  21. randy l. March 11th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    “Listen, if Mustelier wasn’t impressing, I don’t think there’d be all that much uproar over Cashman looking at these guys.”

    but he is impressing. why is he in the organization if cashman isn’t going to use him and also reward him for excelling and paying his dues.

    make him a major leaguer. show others it’s worth the battle in the yankee system.

  22. ac1 March 11th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I think the Yankees are unnecessarily panicking.
    Our division has no standouts.
    The Jays will not be as good as they look on paper (2012 Marlins)
    Orioles still have no pitching, Markakis is hurt, will NOT win 95 games.
    Sox have no depth, no pitching, Ortiz is still hurt.
    Rays have no offense, and traded Shields.
    The Yankees can hang with what they have.

  23. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    If I was in Miami Id go

  24. Shame Spencer March 11th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Listen, if Mustelier wasn’t impressing, I don’t think there’d be all that much uproar over Cashman looking at these guys. We weren’t exactly excited about the other possibilities at all.

    ———————-

    I disagree.

    I’m pretty upset by the implications of this, and I would be so with or without Musty.

    This is such a poor precedent… this team could have MADE AN OFFER to Chavez for $1-2 million, but instead we trying to get guys to come out of retirement? This is just such a poor business approach….

  25. Mike in Harrisburg March 11th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    The Indians have Jason Giambi on a minor league deal, right? Bring back the Giambino!

  26. Rich in NJ March 11th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Let me see, assessing internal options, looking for what’s available outside of that.. that’s creative? There something wrong with Cashman…
    _

    mL fail, as it were.

  27. G. Love March 11th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    So the Yankees have ceased dumpster diving and moved straight to the graveyard to find fresh corpses like Igor for Dr. Frankenstein. Could we start calling Cashman “Igor”? He’ll likely have a limp from the ankle injury for awhile?

    As for what this barrage of retired player interest tells me it’s that the front office may be admitting that relying on a healthy Tex & Arod to come to the rescue is bad for business. If they don’t come back healthy, you’ve punted the season, the final season you’re going to have Mo on the mound.

    And Doreen – agree with you about situational hitting. It was excruciating last year. They were all trying to collect Yankeography moments, none more so than Swisher in my opinion.

    It was weird sitting in the stadium watching regular fans turn to one another when the bases were loaded one or no outs and say “let’s see how they don’t score this time”.

    They needed to change the roster but they also needed to come up with viable replacements in the process.

  28. ac1 March 11th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    make him a major leaguer. show others it’s worth the battle in the yankee system.
    ___

    The last time a yankee prospect made the majors out of something other than necessity was when exactly?

    Derek Jeter?

    Maybe Gardner or Robertson, Nova? Rare

    Cano was out of necessity, Melky was out of necessity, Cervelli was out of necessity, Joba same, Hughes same, Wang same.

    How often do the minor leaguers actually get to earn a spot out of spring?

  29. Doreen March 11th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    randy -

    Oh, I agree, overall.

    Just pointing out that Mustelier really only got the spotlight in a serious way about a week ago.

  30. Shame Spencer March 11th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    RadioKev March 11th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Nah, Chipper would be a great pick up. It’s just not happening.

    —————-

    We hear/say stupid s**t on this blog all the time…. and a lot of the time we get into arguments about doing ‘video game’ GMing.

    I want to place everyone on an infinite reprieve. Our ideas might be crazy but we just got the green light to manage this thing like MLB The Show 2013.

  31. Doreen March 11th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    ac1 -

    Exactly. I just deleted a sentence saying about the same thing. they seem to have less hesitation bringing these guys up while the season is in gear.

  32. ac1 March 11th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Also, the 1-4 in our lineup should always be Gardner/Jeter/Ichiro/Cano vs. lefty and Gardner/Ichiro/jeter/Cano vs. Righty. Get all of the good hitters and on base guys up there one after the other to generate runs. Instead we will get Ichiro 8th or 9th for some unknown reason….

  33. Cashmoney March 11th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I just planted the seed, if you have an interest in thinking of playing, let me know

    it’s a slow day before the real game starts… but to examine this statement on face value, you realize there are few things wrong here. 1. Yanks assessment of Lee can still play and better than their current options 2.The need to plant seeds for mediocre offensive player (the state he was at in 11) to come back two years later. 3. Why is statements like the above divulge to the media?

    This is all more or less much ado with nothing, but it illustrate the kind of thinking goes on in Yanks FO.

  34. Against All Odds March 11th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I know I’m late but G Love wrote a great post last night. He touched on many things. The fans that have a gripe with Cashman weren’t always against him. They believed in what he said and felt he was going in the right direction but as G Love pointed out since 09 Brian has lost his way.

    Rolen, Lee, and Chipper lol smh. I can’t wait to hear Francesa today. He was getting bothered with the idea of playing Nunie at third and I’m sure he will feel the same about Musty but those 3 guys will send him off the deep end.

  35. Shame Spencer March 11th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Is Cash just messing with us..?

  36. longtimefan March 11th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Sounds like Cashman broke more than his ankle in the jump

  37. Bronx Jeers March 11th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    but he is impressing. why is he in the organization if cashman isn’t going to use him and also reward him for excelling and paying his dues.

    ——————————-

    Because they don’t want to upset the elite fans that sit inside the moat.

  38. RadioKev March 11th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Los Angeles Dodgers ?@Dodgers
    Greinke reports that he does not feel 100% comfortable with his elbow, so out of abundance of caution he will undergo a precautionary exam.
    ————-

    I can’t wait to watch this Dodgers team crumble.

  39. Shame Spencer March 11th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Hal can say all he wants about not being beholden to $189…. keep trying to make moves like this and why should anyone believe that?

  40. ericns1 March 11th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    How about Joe Pepitone!

  41. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: #Rangers inquired on #Braves’ McCann last fall. Others will join chase if he hits open market. Column on his future: http://t.co/dS7m5wAkUA

  42. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    “I can’t wait to watch this Dodgers team crumble.”

    It has real potential to be a massive train wreck

  43. Against All Odds March 11th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Shame Spencer March 11th, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    This is completely f*cking ridiculous…

    ——————————-

    Oh no it’s not Shame go read the comments on RAB apparently checking in on these guys is a good thing despite their age and injury concerns.

  44. Rich in NJ March 11th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    ” The fans that have a gripe with Cashman weren’t always against him. They believed in what he said and felt he was going in the right direction but as G Love pointed out since 09 Brian has lost his way.”

    Exactly. I used to mock people who criticized, explaining away every misstep by pinning the mistakes on other people in the organization.

    I was wrong.

    His decline has been sad to watch. The guy has become a cartoon character, making stuff up as he goes along.

  45. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I believe the children are our future…..unless they can trade them all for Giancarlo Stanton

  46. pat March 11th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Chipper on the Yankees interest in him……

    DavidWaldstein
    “He gave his typical chuckle and said he already had a commitment to throw out the first pitch in Atlanta on opening day.”

  47. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    @ProfessorParks: Working on #Yankees top ten list. Lots of love for Jose Ramirez. Good case for him at number three in system. Impact arsenal.

    #3!

  48. pat March 11th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    DavidWaldstein
    Abbott said Chipper “was very flattered and if there was ever a team he would consider it would be the Yankees.”

  49. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Consider it Chipper….short porch only 32 homers to 500

  50. Rich in NJ March 11th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    “Consider it Chipper….short porch only 32 homers to 500″

    Just show him the Ibanez-at-home video to recruit him. That could motivate a 50 year old.

  51. Shame Spencer March 11th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Against All Odds March 11th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Shame Spencer March 11th, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    This is completely f*cking ridiculous…

    ——————————-

    Oh no it’s not Shame go read the comments on RAB apparently checking in on these guys is a good thing despite their age and injury concerns.

    ——————–

    I’m just having a hard time with this club not making any offers to guys that were, ya know, still active players.

  52. yankeefeminista March 11th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    @ProfessorParks: Working on #Yankees top ten list. Lots of love for Jose Ramirez. Good case for him at number three in system. Impact arsenal.

    #3!
    _
    About time he gets some love.

  53. jacksquat March 11th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    @ProfessorParks: Working on #Yankees top ten list. Lots of love for Jose Ramirez. Good case for him at number three in system. Impact arsenal.

    #3!

    I love the guy and even I am not sure I’d put him at #3… yet.

  54. blake March 11th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    “I love the guy and even I am not sure I’d put him at #3… yet.”

    He needs to show he can stay healthy but stuff wise he’s that good….

  55. Patrick March 11th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Someone get Nick Johnson on the phone!

  56. RSM March 11th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    “The last time a yankee prospect made the majors out of something other than necessity was when exactly?

    Derek Jeter?

    Maybe Gardner or Robertson, Nova? Rare

    Cano was out of necessity, Melky was out of necessity, Cervelli was out of necessity, Joba same, Hughes same, Wang same.

    How often do the minor leaguers actually get to earn a spot out of spring?”
    ________________________________________________________________________

    Actually, even Jeter was out of necessity.
    Tony Fernandez got injured in Spring Training.

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock March 11th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 11th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Odds, that was a great post by GLove.

    I saw it this a.m.

    And yes, many of us thought Cashman was going to really leverage the Yankees’ great advantage of not just spending on FA, but primarily, in my case, of using the farm to fill in while the great veterans we have were still very viable, and transitioning the team rather seamlessly.

    Yankeefem said this to me and I think it perfectly and succinctly states the heart of Cashman’s failure:

    She said: He didn’t know how to move an aging team forward.

    That’s it: and with the resources he had, and the gift of players like Jeter, Alex, Posada in place, he could have judiciously added to Cano with Montero, etc. and we’d have a very vibrant, diverse lineup to go with our excellent pitching.
    ///

    Nice to see Jo-Ram finally getting some love from the “scouting outlets.”

  58. jacksquat March 11th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    When are open tryouts?

  59. Against All Odds March 11th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Rich in NJ March 11th, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    ” The fans that have a gripe with Cashman weren’t always against him. They believed in what he said and felt he was going in the right direction but as G Love pointed out since 09 Brian has lost his way.”

    Exactly. I used to mock people who criticized, explaining away every misstep by pinning the mistakes on other people in the organization.

    I was wrong.

    His decline has been sad to watch. The guy has become a cartoon character, making stuff up as he goes along.

    ———————–

    Very well said. I was right there defending him at every turn. Whenever ppl would complain about the farm I would tell them hey it’s only yr 3 it takes time. When ppl would complain about the young pitching I would say we are building towards a young great staff *rattles off various names* When they would call him dumb I’d say he is finally changing the organization and we’ll have a young team with vets that you will be proud of. But look we are in worse shape and he is partly to blame for that. We are still waiting for the farm to be a pipeline.

  60. yankeefeminista March 11th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Well, Campos was prematurely up high with two pitches at low A and is less advanced than JRam, but that’s OK because he is from someone else’s system(?), so… these lists are subjective. I wouldn’t get too bent out of shape on who puts someone where except as a point to debate in a very unscientific discussion…

  61. Deal With It March 11th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    More ‘deadwood’ on the horizon ? Gimme a break and let the young guys have a chance, at least they will hustle and run out ground balls.

  62. Deal With It March 11th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    New Post ——————–:arrow:

  63. yankeefeminista March 11th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    +3 RE: Cashman, one of his biggest defenders once upon a time until he went all vets at all costs, hairy monster, dumpster diving, and run saving crazy.

  64. Deal With It March 11th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Ha ! New Post ——————– :arrow:

  65. Against All Odds March 11th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Shame Spencer March 11th, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    Against All Odds March 11th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Shame Spencer March 11th, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    This is completely f*cking ridiculous…

    ——————————-

    Oh no it’s not Shame go read the comments on RAB apparently checking in on these guys is a good thing despite their age and injury concerns.

    ——————–

    I’m just having a hard time with this club not making any offers to guys that were, ya know, still active players.

    —————-

    So do I but apparently this route is thinking outside the box.

    Replace declining players who got injured with old players that have injury issues.

  66. austinmac March 11th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I defended Cashman for years. The system he told everyone to rely on isn’t good enough, in his view, to have a corner infielder better than a guy retired for a year who looked ancient on 2011.

    That is shameful(not our Shame). At least Lee would meet the principal requirement of cheap.

  67. Dill Pickler March 11th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    What, Cashman, Bye-Bye Balboni isn’t available?

    Good Lord, every time Cashman opens his mouth something more stupid comes out.

    He and the Steinbrenner boys have turned the Yanks into the laughingstock of baseball.

  68. andrewmelillo March 11th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Please cashman. No carlos lee no derek lee no chipper Please howmuch ilder do want ti get

  69. chatalex March 15th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Musty got lost, Musty got lost, Musty got lost
    Somewhere down the lin http://www.chatalex.com/


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