Game 144: Brian Cashman speaks…


…and, man, does he have a lot to say.

In a fantastic and compelling interview with CBS Newsradio 880′s Phil Allard, Cashman fields questions on, well, everything. He talks about the young pitcher prospects; Joba Chamberlain‘s future; the high-risk, high-reward nature of the Brackman draft pick; what the future holds for Humberto Sanchez, Ross Ohlendorf and the disappointing Kei Igawa; some injury updates; and of course, Alex Rodriguez.

The kicker is A-Rod. Cashman reiterates his stance: The Yanks will negotiate with A-Rod as long as the slugger does not opt out. Once he opts out of the contract, Alex Rodriguez will not be back as a member of the New York Yankees. For the Yanks, this makes perfect financial success. They want to keep the money flowing to A-Rod from Texas, and to do so, A-Rod will have to agree to an extension beyond the terms of his original deal.

If A-Rod opts out, a new deal would force the Yanks to pay A-Rod his entire salary. For the next three years under the current deal, Texas foots the bill for a substantial portion. But this unique financial arrangement means the Yanks can afford to pay A-Rod into the future. I think – and I hope – he stays.

Read the interview; it’s a great insight into the mind of the Yanks’ GM.


Meanwhile, in Toronto, as the AL Player of the Week looks to homer in his sixth straight game and Phil Hughes goes for his second straight strong start, Derek Jeter makes his triumphant return to the lineup. While the grumblings are that he’ll need to go in for minor off-season knee surgery, I won’t complain about the Captain’s return to the lineup.

On a related note, how great is it having a bench? While Wilson Betemit had struggled with irregular playing time in August, filling in for the Jeter the last few days, Betemit has gone 5 for his last 13 with a 1 HR and 5 RBI. Miguel Cairo never did that.

Meanwhile, today’s game is brought to you by the number 15. When the Tigers lost game 1 of their day-night doubleheader to the Rangers this afternoon, the Yanks saw their magic number to clinch the Wild Card drop to 15.

Good times.

Johnny Damon LF
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Jorge Posada C
Jason Giambi 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF

Phil Hughes P

Categories : Game Threads


  1. dan says:

    i guess i missed the miguel cabrera trade and subsequent move to center field. you know what they say, you can never have enough out of position all-stars.

  2. Zack says:

    Did you catch this paragraph?:
    “Joba Chamberlain has been a huge stabilizing impact on our bullpen. The Joba rules have also contributed to the fact that – since there are days he can’t be used – it forces a situation where others have to be used, because there are no other choices, to be quite honest. This has helped Kyle Farnsworth, whose 10 of his last 11 appearances have been shut out baseball, and Edwar Ramirez has done very well. Now the work load is spread evenly throughout the bullpen. That might not be the case if Joba were available more often.”

    If that isn’t an indictment of Torre’s BP use, I don’t know what is!

    • dan says:

      yea i thought he kind of contradicted himself in that section…”it forces a situation where others have to be used.” In a well-run bullpen, each pitcher is used in the situation that he should be used, not only when he must be used, except of course in the case of overuse.

  3. Mike A. says:

    I know that some people in the media have been saying that this is my way of protecting Joba from the manager. Nothing is further from the truth.

    I wonder if Cash managed to keep a straight face when he said that.

  4. Jersey says:

    Kei Igawa is a country boy? That cracks me up for some reason.

    • zack says:

      What interested me about the Igawa bit is how he talks about him being “on a quality contract.” Clearly Cashman and the Yanks aren’t considering the posting fee as part of the contract, which I suppose means we as fans shouldn’t either. Igawa at 4 million isn’t so bad I guess. If he can actually pitch, that is…

  5. Malcard89 says:

    Hughes has just thrown his last 6 fastballs at 93, 93, 92, 93, 92, and 93. I am LOVING this!

  6. Mike 44 says:

    He is missing out and up though. Look where Posada is setting up on fastballs. Hopefully he can get through the inning and Guidry can tell him what he’s doing.

  7. cjc says:

    boy phil is makeing it tough for them to leave him in the rotation fb looks better but the location and the change up are absolutly putrid

  8. cjc says:

    phil owes some Outfielders a few steaks

  9. Styles says:

    Well I’m seeing a Different game cause Hughes is sitting at 90-92. He’s a bit wild, his curveball has been flat acouple times already, and he’s living the ball up. If it wasn’t for the Melky assist at third and Johhny Damon’s freakin incredibl;e catch this could easily be 3-2 game. Lets see if he settles down…

    • dan says:

      you are watching a different game, or at least a different radar gun. the gameday radar gun had him consistantly at 94 and 95 in the first inning, the last pitch to aaron hill hit 96. in the two inning since he was at 93 or 94, i think one or 2 were 95. i only saw one or two fastballs below 93. I was out and didnt see the first 3 innings, so i cant comment on location, but the velocity we’ve been waiting for is definitely there tonight.

  10. -- says:

    Phil Hughes= Trade Bait. Officially.

  11. Mike A. says:

    How dare Phil Hughes pitch like a 21-yr old!

  12. Mac says:

    It seems like Phil’s just got too much stuff today. I know that sounds crazy, but on his last start, we started to see some velocity again and some of that stuff that everyone was falling in love with. Well today, he seems to really have the velocity and some of those curves were just nasty. It’s like when Wang’s pitches were working too well and he had trouble locating?

    I’d say if Phil gets through this start with the W, and settles down a bit during the course of it, the Next start should be freaking incredible.

    But that’s just my theory. It’s like when Mo had that insane inning against toronto where he was throwing 96-97 and then sucked afterwards, cause his pitches were just all over the place.

  13. Mike A. says:

    Oh wait, Phil just had a 1-2-3 inning, he’s good now, let’s keep him!

    • cjc says:

      he’s allowed to struggle he can go through the growing pains that most young pitchers face but when a team is clawing for a playoff spot you need to put your best 5 out there if and its a big IF Mussina turns it around and Phil isn’t one of the best 5 than he should lose his spot. Same goes for Kennedy kids don;t hahve to perfect and the expectations many had for Hughes based on his #1 status were probably unfair but it doesn’t mean you just keep running him out there.

  14. Mike A. says:

    In other news, Tampa’s spanking the Red Sox.

  15. cjc says:

    overreact much

  16. Mac says:

    Also: who thinks Molina calls a better game than Posada? Anybody? Cause I do.

  17. cjc says:

    wow don’t know why that happened but previous post was a reply to the trade comment

  18. cjc says:

    not sure if he calls a better game but I do think he is better with young pitchers I don’t think Posada handles them as well

  19. DKA says:

    People who think Phil Hughes is trade bait need to find new hobbies and leave 1) baseball and 2) commenting on blogs far, far behind.

  20. Styles says:

    Ok Alot of sarcasm here in the thread ^_^, but seriously Hughes is getting up there in pitches but has only allowed 2 runs on 3 hits.

  21. Mike A. says:

    There’s only 1 thing Phil needs to do: locate better. That’s it, if he locates better his walks go down. Less walks means less baserunners. Less baserunners means less runs.

    He’s already giving up fewer than a hit per inning, cutting down on those walks would be HUGE.

  22. Joe says:

    How about giving it up for Torre leaving Hughes in to pitch the sixth. He gets ripped for pulling and not pulling, but good call. Hughes has looked better and better as the game went on. I hope this is what he looks like when he struggles and doesn’t have his best stuff.

  23. Mike A. says:

    Man I really want to see Ohlendorf pitch in this game. Nothing to lose by letting him handle the 8th & 9th tonight.

    • Mac says:

      I was totally thinking about that too. My hope is that it happens, cause back in spring training, Torre was real high on Ohlendorf, lots of “real polished” comments and stuff.

  24. zack says:

    D-rays sucking it up big time.

    This also just in: Phil Hughes, even with less than perfect control, allowed but 3 hits, and, as mentioned, is averaging less than a H per. Who’s worried? Not I says the fly…

  25. Joe says:

    Did he just say “the chalk pushs it back”, good stuff

  26. Mike A. says:

    Man the D-Rays suck.

  27. Mac says:

    Woohoo ohlendorf.

  28. Greg G. says:

    Hey, Ben…just wanted to thank you for the link to the Cashman interview. That was awesome, and I never would have found it if not for your tip.

  29. Greg G. says:

    Wow…Ohlendorf is coming in! Three cheers for old Nassau!

  30. Greg G. says:

    Way to go, Ross!

  31. Mike A. says:

    Wow, Ohlie’s got some good stuff. Lots of movement.

  32. Greg G. says:

    MLB Gameday had his velocity in the mid-90s.

    • Mike A. says:

      He had a few in the mid-90′s, but I’d say he was sitting 91-93. But everything he threw went down, nothing was straight. Color me impressed.

      • Marc says:

        Yea Mike I was gonna say… Gameday had edwar 92-93 and if edwar is ever at 92-93 he’ll be even less hittable. but that just not the case.. phil showed some balls though.

  33. who's Spanking who? says:

    Ah……who’s spanking who? Tampa Bay is spanking the Red Sox? That must be a mis-print or just more Yankee wishful thinking. That would be THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL with the BEST RECORD IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES 16 and Tampa Bay Devil Dogs: 9

    You need to face the truth. You might get in as the wild card, but the AL East goes to the team in Boston Baby!!!!!!! California’s Anahiem Angels are going to take care of you in the first round anyway, so I don’t know what you all are getting so excited about?

    If Clemens pitches in Boston Sunday night, trust me, he’s going to get ROCKED!!!!!!!! To finish up the sweep!

  34. C-Note says:

    Banning these A-holes sounds like a great idea, no one comes here to read that shit

  35. Marc says:

    Mike A.

    Finally getting to watch Phil on yankees encore and and i noticed this tid bit two starts ago… When phil blew out his hammy and tried to bury that cirveball to Texieira, his landing leg was comppletely straight with no bend when he finished his delivery… but tonight everytime he finshes his pitches he keeps his front leg bent A LOT… Is Phil possibly just not finishing off his pitches because of the leg injury… i mean The Kid on the Jays front leg (like Joba) is completely straight when his delivery is finished but Phil has some significant bend to the leg when he finishes his delivery, no? Let me know what you think.

  36. Dude says:

    the YES gun had Hughes 90-93 most of the game, with a few 94s (mostly in the earlier innings).

    despite getting saved by some good D in the 2nd, he still pitched very well, and quite frankly, that good luck makes up for some of the bad luck he’s suffered through in a lot of previous starts.

    with more experience will come better command, and if he can go 6 ip, 1 er with inconsistent command, imagine when he has his terrific command – which from his milb career we know can be truly exceptional.

  37. Rob_in_CT says:

    Hughes got lucky. Lotsa liners at fielders, plus Damon’s catch of a gapper.

    I’m not ripping the 21-yr old rookie. But he’s still not right. His stuff is diminished, and he’s walking too many guys.

Leave a Reply

You may use <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> in your comment.

If this is your first time commenting on River Ave. Blues, please review the RAB Commenter Guidelines. Login for commenting features. Register for RAB.