A collection of texts with the Yankees

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Brian Cashman has been the general manager of the Yankees for a long time now; he’ll be entering his 14th year once Spring Training rolls around. As you’ve probably noticed by now, he’s definitely got a sense of humor but also says a whole lot of words without adding much substance when he talks to the press. There will be words coming out of his mouth, but not many are meaningful. It’s typical YankeeSpeak, and Joe Girardi is starting to master is as well.

Well, Cashman is the opposite when he starts exchanging texts. He’s short and to the point, which is refreshing. Wally Matthews of ESPN New York exchanged some texts with Cash on Monday morning, and he was kind enough to post the conversation for all to see. You should head on over to check it out, it’s worth your time. In an effort to fit in, I’ve decided to share some text conversations I’ve had with various members of the Yankees’ brain trust recently…

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Me: Have you called about Felix Hernandez recently?
Cashman: havent talked to jack z since cliff lee
Me: Are you holding a grudge because they backed out of the trade?
Cashman: lol no their roster just sux

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Me: See anyone interesting in winter ball?
Billy Eppler: Paul Wilson is still pitching.
Me: Interested in signing him?
Eppler: No, but he’s still pitching. Crazy, right?
Me: Yeah I guess.
Eppler: You’d be surprised who you see out here.
Me: Anyone else interesting?
Eppler: Not sure, but I haven’t seen Bill Pulsipher yet.
Me: I take it he’s pitching there too?
Eppler: Yeah, crazy.
Me: Would you sign him if he looks good?
Eppler: No idea, but dude, it’s Bill [expletive deleted] Pulsipher.
Me: Looking forward to seeing Jason Isringhausen next?
Eppler: No Michael, that’s just stupid. End of conversation.

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Me: Happy with the CC Sabathia extension?
Hal Steinbrenner: We’re extremely pleased.
Me: Would you have given him a sixth guaranteed year?
Hal: We have the best fans in the world, we would have done what it takes.
Me: What about seven years?
Hal: We have the best fans in the world, we would have done what it takes.
Me: Is there a point when you would have said enough is enough?
Hal: We have the best fans in the world, we would have done what it takes.
Hal: :-P

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Me: Any surprise signings this winter?
Me: Even with Rafael Soriano and David Robertson?
Me: But he didn’t.
Me: He didn’t though, and the deadline has already passed.

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Me: I hear the Braves are interested in trading for Eduardo Nunez.
Cashman: i kno lmao

Disclaimer: I can not guarantee that these text exchanges actually happened.

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  • Chip

    Hahaha, you know the offseason is going slow when…….

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    I enjoy the whimsy. The funny part about the first one is that Cash is probably frank enough to say that if asked off the record.

  • Melky

    Yay Mike’s Eduardo Nunez hate

  • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

    Absolutely love how snarky Cash was in this. (The real ones, I mean, obviously. :P)

  • Bryan G

    I don’t know if there are any other Vermonters here, but Cashman was pretty funny at Buster Olney’s charity event too. And he was rocking blue jeans with a suit coat, which is always awesome.

  • Jonathan

    I enjoyed the Levin ones the best by far. i think you should have a little convo like that with him every day in the Open Thread. I’m dead serious.

  • http://www.twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H.

    Not that most Yankees fans want to hear it, but those Cashman texts were straight out of the Bill Belichick handbook. Great stuff.

  • Mike HC

    I like how Cashman tells Mathews what to write about.

  • FIPster Doofus


  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That is Wallace Matthews’ best publication in a very long time.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      This is the only one that I could recall enjoying and I still came away thinking Wally is even more of a fool – Reyes? Why even bother bringing that up?

  • http://www.twitter.com/twilkinsonmedia T-Dubs

    Cashman may be the first person in a decade to ask Wally to write something. Blog it.

  • http://yankeeanalysts.com Matt Imbrogno

    Blog it.

  • crawdaddie

    Wouldn’t the 2012 season be Cashman’s 15th season as Yankee GM since 1998 was his first season.

  • Marcus

    Mike Axisa > all other writers at RAB. Bravo!

  • Chris

    Please write a John or Suzyn text conversation. I beg of you.

    • MannyGeee

      ‘Try as u mgh, Suz…. TCPB, FTW!!!’

  • Frank

    Hey I’ve seen another blog do something like these text convos before. Bleeding Yankee Blue does that. What’s up with that?

  • Hornets686

    You should see Cashman when he drinks lol! I’ve seen him down at a few bars down in South Norwalk, CT lol

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    “No Michael, that’s just stupid. End of conversation.”

    Hilarious stuff, Axisa.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    Since, I have many years on you guys. I found the text messages quite interesting. Especially trying to understand the content and validity of the responders.

    I’m amazed at how the world of technology has evolved. How people go through the day with their texting, constantly.

    How does Cashman have the time to respond and do business?

    • MannyGeee

      fair warning, Larry.. about 1/2 of the bloggers on here have grown up in a ‘text centric’ universe, unlike you or I…

      We don’t ‘get it’… but I guess its a thing?

      • http://www.twitter.com/brandonholley B-Rando

        There is serious value in being able to carry a conversation in an extremely casual setting. Meaning, you don’t need to step out of the room to answer a call, or respond to someone. You can be constantly connected without having to abruptly intrude other aspects of your daily life.

  • zapp brannigan

    Me: I hear the Braves are interested in trading for Eduardo Nunez.
    Cashman: i kno lmao

    mike, why you no likey nuney? :*(

  • NYD

    I think a good daily segment would be a text message exchange between Mike and Yogi Berra discussing current events, start off with Yogi’s thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street movement…..

  • Platano Man

    This is why RAB is the best blog in the world, a nice way to start our day down here in Miami, by the way…..the Marlins Suck lol

  • Platano Man

    Me: Ruben Rivera for Jurjens
    Cashman: He stole my cellphone, can’t call the Braves

  • Platano Man

    Cashman: King Felix or Kershaw
    Sterling: Ballgame over! Yankees win! Theeeeeee Yankees win!
    Cashman: I need to trade for a pitcher this winter
    Sterling:Ballgame over! Yankees win! Theeeeeee Yankees win!
    Cashman: Should I trade Nunez for Jurjens
    Sterling: Ballgame over! Yankees win! Theeeeeee Yankees win!
    Cashman: I need some motivation for A-rod, Cameron or Kate?
    Sterling: Ballgame over! Yankees win! Theeeeeee Yankees win!

  • Steve (different one)

    The real texts were awesome. Cash is basically telling Wally he is a moron….

  • dan

    Best fake conversation(s) in a blog post EVER right here:


    Poop now, you may actually shit yourself.

  • Qqqqq

    Mr. Axisa,

    You are absolutely killing my respect for you. Bleeding Yankee Blue, a lesser known but still fairly popular Yankees blog, has been doing text conversations like this for a while at this point. You have the gall to not only rob them of their idea, but to not even acknowledge that you’ve shamelessly copied them?

    You’ve also managed to steal ideas from one of their writers who, as a big fan of yours (assuming he hasn’t also lost respect for you) frequently comments here. Most notably was a piece a while ago exploring what the roster could look like if they traded for Miguel Cabrera. He was not happy about that at all. A man of your stature in the Yankees blogging world should have the class to acknowledge someone else when they gave you the idea. All it takes is a simple mention of who gave you the idea and perhaps a link to his blog. It’s not just common courtesy, it’s a universal rule of writing. What you’ve done is flat out plagiarism, and from a writer in your position, that is pathetic and unacceptable.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I’m sorry, but I don’t read that site. If anything, the fake text stuff was inspired by Grant Brisbee and Jeff Sullivan.