Here we go again, as another off-season full of false promises made by the New York Yankees ownership has already begun.
The Yankees GM answered everything asked from this past season’s failures to Alex Rodriguez’s pending PED hearings and possible suspension.
Basically, Cashman said they want Girardi and Cano back.
And that Alex Rodriguez is playing next season until he is told otherwise.
Here are some video excerpts from Cashman’s press conference:
Talks about 2013 season…
On Robinson Cano…
It wouldn’t be a Yankees press conference without Alex Rodriguez…
Now the prevalent question, which I could not find video of, is about the Yankees keeping payroll below $189 million next season.
Inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner has made no secret that he wants to avoid paying the 50% luxury tax and resetting the trickling percentage back to 17.5% starting in 2015.
Last off-season, Hal made steps towards this goal by attempting to patch-up holes by shopping in the bargain bin.
He also let the Yankees starting catcher Russell Martin sign with the Pirates without even allowing Cashman to counter offer.
Last season proved that Hal’s actions contradicted his promise, as his frugality did jeopardize any chance the Yankees had to contend for a championship in 2013. And that is a fact.
Fast-forward to yesterday and Cashman’s response about the payroll situation:
“The organization’s goal to bring 2014 payroll below $189 million won’t get in the way of fielding a World Series-quality team.”
“It’s a goal, not a mandate. Every option, every opportunity that comes my way via trade or free agency, I will always present to my owner and team president for evaluation.”
Hold-up…that doesn’t make sense, again.
Hal’s “goal” already affected this past season badly.
And unfortunately what was supposed to cushion the blow some, the Yankees farm system has proven rotten, as there are no promising prospects on the way.
So if Hal’s intentions are true, then why is this payroll “goal” even being discussed anymore?
Everyone is well aware of the many problems facing the Yankees heading into 2014 and reality is building a “World Series-quality team” will cost money. Period.
I am beginning to wonder if Hal even watched the Yankees this past season?
As the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
The Yankees finished with an embarrassing record of 85-77, fourth in the AL East and are the players are currently watching the postseason from their couches, instead of competing in it.
What I have starting to realize is that Hal’s “goal” sounds more like an objective because being spend thrifty and winning a World Series cannot and will not coincide together in Yankees Universe successfully.
You can listen to Cashman’s radio interview with Michael Kay on the Michael Kay Show by going to the link below.
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