Cashman: “I would like to always get younger and better”


Chad Jennings passed along a lengthy, but certainly interesting quote today that Brian Cashman delivered during yesterday’s conference call. I suggest clicking the link and reading the whole thing, but here’s the money line: “I would like to always get younger and better. That’s the double-edged sword. I don’t want to get younger and worse. I want to get younger, but while doing so, remain championship caliber. I think that’s what we’ve been trying to accomplish the last few years. I think we’ve done a good job. At the same time, if we have older players who can still do it for us, I don’t have any problem whatsoever in retaining older players who perform at a high level.”

The Yankees have been able to do that to a certain degree over the last three years, most notably by replacing players like Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon, and Hideki Matsui with Nick Swisher, Brett Gardner, and Curtis Granderson. They’ve also successfully incorporated Phil Hughes into the rotation and a host of young arms into the bullpen. It’s easy to get younger, but getting younger while remaining competitive can be tricky. The Yanks have done a nice job with that the last few years, but it’s a never-ending cycle.

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  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

    (Jesus is coming)

    • Jenny

      Jesus Montero Superstar

  • Jon in CUO

    Cashman’s quote is a pretty good summation of his last few years running the team. Well done, sir.

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

    As long as they don’t think giving Cervelli more playing time equals young and better, I’m on board. Bring on The Jesus, and maybe even Brackman in the bullpen at some point in 2011 (if necessary and if he’s worthy).

    • dan

      Cervelli any day over Posada behind the dish. A lot of Cervelli’s problems are due to being AJ’s exclusive catcher. In any case i hope we can count on Jesus for about 80+, Jorge for about 30 and the rest to Cervelli

      • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        Cervelli started WAYYYYYY MOREEEEE than he should have last year.

      • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

        While it doesn’t help his defense to catch Burnett so often, Cervelli is not an answer for this team in terms of getting younger or better. He had problems on the field that went far beyond Burnett’s poor control and slow delivery. His D was not at all as advertised this year.

        And I think Posada will catch far more than 30 games in 2011. Yes he looked bad back there but the bat is still lively, and he can get the job done.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Cervelli any day over Posada behind the dish. A lot of Cervelli’s problems are due to being AJ’s exclusive catcher

        And he can’t really hit (enough to be a regular, he’s a fine backup), that’s also a problem.

        • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

          And he’s not a spectacular catcher. That’s also a problem. (though neither is Posada)

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            To be fair, I think he’s a better defensive catcher than he showed at a lot of points this year. I have no problems with him as a backup. He was just overexposed, and that’s not his fault.

            • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

              Considering he still got on base almost 36% of the time this year, (better than Jorge) he’s pretty good for a back-up. But 0 homers in a gazillion plate appearances in one of the more hitter-friendly parks in the league was kinda sad.

        • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

          I can never forget Kalish and Hall (yes those two!) stealing 4 off Jorge in one inning. I don’t care who is pitching, what the weather is like, or whatever.

          Major disrespect and major suck!

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            It’s generally at least partially on the pitcher IMO. You notice no one really tries to steal off Pettitte and everyone tries to steal off AJ. Yeah Jorge wasn’t very good that inning but Mariano didn’t check the runners at all.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Jesus for about 80+, Jorge for about 30 and the rest to Cervelli

        If the plan going into the season involves giving the 3rd catcher 50 or so starts, then a) the plan sucks, or b) the Yanks have to get someone better than Frankie to be the 3rd catcher.

        • Mattchu12

          Jesus gets 100, Posada gets 40, and Cervelli gets 20. I think that is fair.

          Though I wouldn’t mind a deal for Ryan Doumit. He isn’t much of a defenseman, but you gotta love his power and ability to player behind the plate, first base, and the outfield corners.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    He says this and then in two weeks we see Jesus Montero traded for a good but declining pitcher.


    • Mister Delaware

      Totally Cashman’s MO. Trade top prospects for little return. Nailed it.

      • Gonzo

        Montero for Mark Buerhle!

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        See: Arodys Vizcaino

        • Ted Nelson

          See: AAA vs. low A.

        • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
          • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

            Also see Mike Lowell, Juan Rivera, Nick Johnson and Ted Lilly.

            • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

              And there is also Jose Tabata.

              • Sweet Dick Willie

                Yeah, he’s just raked against NL Central pitching.

                rolls eyes

                • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

                  Lol I was being mostly facetious in my original comment. I thought the /pessimistic’d made that obvious. But hey elt’s all be dicks. lol whatevs.

                  But Tabata didn’t have a bad season at all to be frank.
                  .299/.346/.400with a 2.9 UZR.

                  • Poopy Pants

                    Sarcasm detectors are often broken on this site, sadly.

            • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Hold on… Lowell was dealt for a package the centerpiece of which was a top, highly-regarded pitching prospect, not a “declining pitcher” or a declining player of any sort. Both Rivera and Johnson were pieces in the first Javy Vazquez deal – again, whatever your opinions of Javy might be today, that was clearly not a deal for a “declining pitcher.” Lilly was acquired as part of a package received for Hideki Irabu and then was traded away in the Jeff Weaver deal – again, not a trade for a “declining pitcher” (Weaver’s the same age as Lilly and, at the time, was a more highly-regarded pitcher).

              So we’re down to Tabata. That trade probably hasn’t worked out as envisioned, no, but as has been discussed around here ad nauseum, the Yanks got two veteran, effective players in that deal, in an effort to put together the right pieces to make the playoffs, and Marte, for all his faults/injuries, did contribute in a pretty significant way to the 2009 World Series title.

              So even if we look at the Tabata deal as a bad deal, you’ve really only pointed out one bad deal to prove your point.


        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Arodys was a pretty good prospect but he’s not exactly at Montero’s level.

          • candyforstalin

            it’s a damn shame nonetheless. hate to lose pitchers with that kind of command. but it was a good trade.

  • Mister Delaware

    It really is C or bust for getting younger. Don’t see improving the OF while getting younger (unless someone buys high on Gardner) and the IF is set through my kid’s 6th birthday. I don’t have a kid.

    • Gonzo

      Pitching too.

      • Ted Nelson


  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Montero takes over for Posada (A modern day Mantle for DiMaggio). Cervelli becomes a backup AND utility player a la Jerry Hairston so that we save some money and Frankie gets to stay with his beloved Yankees.

    BTW, talking about lineup flexibilty, I am reading a book on Mantle and he batted leadoff in game 1 of the 51 World Series against the Giants! He injured his knee in game 2-the famous drain cap incident in right center.

  • jeremy

    i love nick swisher but i think by now we should all realize he is NOT a good (even decent) postseason hitter. i think they should strongly consider dealing him to a team like the braves or giants this offseason to free up some money (around 10mil i believe) and then make a deal for maybe eithe kemp or rasmus. i’d think the dodgers or cardinals would make a deal with the yanks for maybe laird, nova, joba, mesa, and maybe a phleps/warren caliber pitcher. i dont want to see montero moved in a deal for another hitter and i am against trading betances, manban, or heathcott too. maybe even include swish IN the deal for either of them… but it wouldnt make sense to include gardy IF they already traded swish. we’ll see, just a thought tho…