Brian Cashman Rumors
A look at what is being written around the Blogosphere...
- MetsBlog recognizes that Francisco Rodriguez will improve the team and appease fans, but is not sure he is worth a four or five-year deal.
- Mets Geek projects the Mets '09 roster and looks at some options from outside the organization with Pat Burrell and Derek Lowe being the biggest offseason targets.
- Was Watching says bringing back Brian Cashman was a mistake.
- River Ave. Blues assesses the Matt Holliday market and feels that Phil Hughes and Robinson Cano for Holliday "doesn't make much sense."
- Sox and Pinstripes provides an in-depth preview of the upcoming offseasons for the Yankees and Red Sox and wonders if Theo Epstein can convince the Rockies to take J.D. Drew and a top prospect for Matt Holliday.
- iYankees notes that Brian Cashman wants to make the Yankees' OBP a priority this winter and feels Mark Teixeira fits the bill.
- Oriole Post does not want to see Mike Mussina return to the O's and would prefer they "stay the course" with young players.
- C70 At The Bat takes a look at the Cardinals' decision to sign Kyle Lohse and what it could mean for the offseason ahead.
- Viva el Birdos projects the Cardinals '09 roster and payroll.
- McCovey Chronicles reacts to some quotes from Brian Sabean and what they mean for the Giants' offseason.
- Newberg Report thinks the price for the Rangers to acquire Jake Peavy would be too high, even if he'd waive his no-trade clause to go there.
- Athletics Nation sees no point in signing Jason Giambi.
A few hot stove notes from ESPN's Buster Olney...
- Olney heard the Yankees' 2009 payroll will be in the $180MM range, down $29MM or so from this year.
- The Yankees didn't need to negotiate dollars with Brian Cashman...it was just a matter of whether he wanted to come back.
- Olney can see Jason Giambi returning to the A's "if the money can be worked out." Does two years, $20MM sound right? A Giambi signing would either push Daric Barton to the bench or Jack Cust to left field.
Peter Abraham has interesting quotes from Yankees GM Brian Cashman:
- The Yankees are trying to improve their process for scouting Japan. Thinking back to Kei Igawa in '06...that seemed like a direct response to the Red Sox getting Daisuke Matsuzaka.
- Cashman thinks Mike Mussina is leaning toward retirement. That would complicate Cashman's situation.
- It seems that Hal Steinbrenner has gotten Hank under control, which would make Cashman's job easier. There will be no advisory board, by the way.
- Joel Sherman says Cashman is now fighting for his reputation.
- Cashman cautioned fans against getting too attached to any one free agent. He may have been implying C.C. Sabathia.
8:39pm: The extension runs through 2011. Cashman looks forward to the challenge.
4:16pm: Kat O'Brien of Newsday is reporting that Brian Cashman and the Yankees have reached an agreement on a three-year extension.
Brian Cashman has agreed to return as the Yankees general manager on a three-year contract, Newsday has learned. Cashman deliberated over the decision about whether it was time to move on after 11 seasons as GM, but gave the Yankees an affirmative answer this afternoon. In the end, a Yankees source said, it came down to what was best for his family. The new contract will be for slightly more than Cashman had been making, putting it at in the ballpark of $2-million per year.
A formal announcement from the Yankees is expected later today.
Let's talk Yankees.
- Ken Davidoff makes recommendations for the '09 Yankees. He would sign Derek Lowe and Andy Pettitte, and offer arbitration to Damaso Marte and Bobby Abreu.
- Jim Baumbach explains a tricky situation coming up: re-signing Derek Jeter.
- Peter Abraham takes a look at various free agents on the minds' of Yankees fans.
- Tyler Kepner of the New York Times says first priority for the Yankees is to re-sign Brian Cashman. I imagine they already have a Plan B in place, but recent reports lean toward Cashman returning.
- Kepner says the Indians were aggressive in pursuing a deadline deal involving Phil Hughes and C.C. Sabathia. Now, Kepner says the Yankees are skeptical they'll be able to sign Sabathia. For Plan B, the Yanks seem to prefer pitchers with American League experience. They'll probably stand pat on the bullpen, though a decision must be made on Damaso Marte's option.
- If the Yankees can engineer a Robinson Cano-Matt Kemp swap (unlikely), they could then sign free agents Mark Teixeira and Orlando Hudson. The right-side infield defense would be drastically improved.
- Bill Madden of the New York Daily News is more pessimistic - he doesn't see the team's internal center field options working out, nor does he consider the free agent signings wise.
Lets discuss the latest column from SI.com's Jon Heyman.
- The Mets are "disinclined" to go after Manny Ramirez or break up the Jose Reyes-David Wright-Carlos Beltran core.
- Heyman, like Ken Davidoff, feels the Mets can't afford to sit out the Francisco Rodriguez sweepstakes. If not him, then at least Brian Fuentes.
- Heyman says Brian Cashman "appears likely" to return as Yankees GM. He notes that Cashman wouldn't have ended up in Seattle anyway because of the return of Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln.
Check out Ken Rosenthal's Full Count video from last weekend. Some highlights:
- The Mariners are looking for fresh blood in their GM search. A few names in the mix: Kim Ng, Jerry DiPoto, and Tony LaCava. If the Mariners opt for experience they could try to lure Brian Cashman or even Brian Sabean.
- Rosenthal notes that an offer of essentially four years, $54MM from the Jays won't cut it for A.J. Burnett. Instead of $13.5MM a year, he'll receive $15-20MM per according to Rosenthal. Ken sees the Yankees, Red Sox, and Mets in the mix if C.C. Sabathia winds up on the West Coast.
- Jeff Blair muses on Burnett in the Globe and Mail today. He sees Burnett getting between $15-18MM per year, and more than the four years the Jays are willing to give. Interesting note from Buster Olney last weekend - he says the Braves have been scouting Burnett closely.
Some points of interest:
- Brian Roberts, once a sure-fire bet to be dealt, is now a priority for the Orioles to resign according to Marc Carig of the Washington Post. The second baseman wants to play for a contender and says all the right things about wanting to stay with Baltimore. Roberts is 31 and will finish in the top 5 in average, doubles, stolen bases, and runs scored.
- According to Troy E. Renck, Matt Holliday is not happy about the idea that his back injury might influence contract talks with Colorado. Renck quotes Holliday, "It's a stiff back, and it could get worse if I pushed it. Back stiffness and having surgery, that's a little different. It's just ridiculous," Holliday said. "If we were playing meaningful games, I would be in there."
- George A. King III of the New York Post tells us Brian Cashman has informed Hal Steinbrenner he would like to return. An announcement could come as soon as tomorrow.
9:18pm: The Steinbrenners want to know Cashman's decision by next week, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman. If he agrees to stay, the two sides will then hammer out a contract.
9:06am: The Yankees officially want GM Brian Cashman back, according to Kat O'Brien of Newsday. Hal Steinbrenner told O'Brien, and Cashman confirmed the team's desire. The two parties have yet to discuss dollars on a possible contract. Cashman prefers to wait until after the season.
O'Brien's sources say Cashman is torn on this decision, in part due to concerns for his family. Hal played down his brother's "advisory board" talk; that may not be an issue.
Rounding up links for Thursday...
- Ken Davidoff of Newsday notes which player moves were entirely Brian Cashman's, and which came from above.
- Buster Olney wonders if Doug Melvin could replace Cashman as the Yankees' GM. Olney stresses that it's pure speculation on his part.
- Viva El Birdos asks what it would take for the Cardinals to acquire Brian Roberts.
- John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press says the Tigers should sign Derek Lowe this winter. Will Lowe get a four year deal?
- Bud Selig tells Ken Rosenthal the Manny Ramirez trade was completed before the deadline. Jerry Crasnick says the Dodgers have not talked to Ramirez about an extension.
- Rays Index explains why the team should not trade Scott Kazmir.