Cashman doesn’t expect any moves during GM Meetings

Possible Trade Partner: San Diego Padres
What Went Right: Nick Swisher

Via Chad Jennings: Brian Cashman told reporters that he doesn’t anticipate making any moves during the GM Meetings this week. “On the front end, it’s baby steps for us,” said the GM. “We have qualifying offers out there, which if you add up, it’s a lot of money. I don’t foresee us really being able to do anything until we have decisions made on those qualifying offers regardless … I’ve got a little bit of an idea of which players are available on the trade market, but maybe I leave here with some other candidates that I wasn’t aware of, or you drill down in further conversation and you see if you can pry a guy that maybe isn’t available but you can try to take from somebody or convince them to give up. We’ll see. I don’t know.”

Decisions for the three qualifying offers (Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, Rafael Soriano) are due tomorrow afternoon. Swisher and Soriano will almost certainly reject the offer while there’s a chance Kuroda will accept. All three decisions will impact the club’s offseason moves going forward either way. The GM Meetings don’t often generate much buzz, but the groundwork for potential deals is usually laid this week.

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Possible Trade Partner: San Diego Padres
What Went Right: Nick Swisher
  • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

    …so there will be a bunch of comments on here throughout the winter calling Cashman an absentee landlord when he doesn’t make immediate moves, especially if, God forgive, the Red Sox make moves first. Those comments will then change to people praising his patience and steady hand once he actually does make moves no one expected him to make.

    • 0-Fur is Murder

      Cashman is a GM Ninja.

      • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

        Except when he’s not acquiring Justin Upton/Dominic Brown/Seth Smith, or whoever the latest bone to pick on is.

        Not saying that Upton isn’t a great idea, if it could be pulled off, but I’m more interested in what the team looks like in the end, not if they acquired one specific guy.

        • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

          Pft, the Yankees “not being in” on Upton is the classic Serbian Cashman Double bluff. Same way we weren’t trading Montero, the same way we weren’t trading for Lee.

          • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

            FACT: Turn-of-the-century Highlander GM Stanislav Cashman claimed over and over the team was never moving from Baltimore, as well as claiming ZERO interest in acquiring future 40 game-winner Jack Chesbro.

            • RetroRob

              BTW To get serious in the face of your humor, I still think there is little evidence that the NY Yankees (aka Highlanders) were ever the Baltimore Orioles. I think there’s a little bit of Maxwell Scott and Liberty Valance here (and, yeah, I’m no doubt dating even myself with that reference) and that they printed the legend, but legend is not correct.

              • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

                Just claim you saw the Steve Carell remake, Rob. It’s all good.

                Would you believe….

                • RetroRob

                  Wait, there was a remake of the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance with Steve Carell?!

                  • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

                    Reading fail. I thought you wrote Maxwell Smart.

                    • RetroRob

                      Entirely understandable. How many Maxwell’s are there out there!

                      Steve Carell was no Don Adams.

      • Rich in NJ

        That can’t be good given his record in trading for top of the rotation starting pitchers.

    • jjyank

      It always amuses me how some people read so much into what are actually very obvious, rational statements.

      • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

        I’d say there’s a good chance the Red Sox make a splash before the Yankees do. Fans will act like the team isn’t doing enough despite one team finishing in last place and the other making the ALCS.

        Besides, the Sox are bound to make some sort of move such as hiring an obvious embedded Yankee as hitting coach.

        I have no clue who it will be right now, but I actually think we’ll be pleased with whoever winds up in RF next season.

        • jjyank

          I just can’t wait until the Yankees sign some 35 year old journey man on a minor league deal and have 50 comments bitching about blocking the kids.

          • Rich in NJ

            If only there were kids to block.

            • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

              You waited twelve minutes.

              • Rich in NJ

                Which is less than you did.

                • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

                  That is technically true.

                  • Rich in NJ

                    I actually messed up the punctuation. There should be a “?” at the end of my sentence.

                    Anyway, I don’t think I understand your point. Is that anything but praise is unwelcome for a very flawed GM?

                    • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

                      You read my mind.

                    • Rich in NJ

                      Cool. I feel the same way about the Cashman-can-do-no-wrong crowd.

                      Ironically though, you sound a little like Nate Silver’s critics.

                    • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

                      If you un-skew five championships, you get….ten?

                    • Rich in NJ

                      Oh right, he put in place the homegrown core that formed the foundation of those championships; he has been able to make the farm system a reliable pipeline of top talent that he promised it would become in 2006, led by homegrown starting pitchers that would negate the need for signing mega-expensive free agents; and he has maximized his huge payroll advantage by only signing the most cost-effective talent possible.

                      If only…

                    • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

                      I’m sure I could find better, but this was the first relevant thing I found when Googling “Brian Sabean sucks.”

                      http://answers.yahoo.com/quest.....827AAkmWvf

                    • RetroRob

                      I’m not aware of much of a Cashman-can-do-no-wrong crowd, although I am aware of a Cashman-can-do-no-right crowd who get upset when those in the middle don’t bash Cashman.

              • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

                You are so not my new god, Nate Silver.

                • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

                  I am proud to say I’ve been on the Silver train since ’08. Currently reading his book. Great, but tough nighttime reading.

                  • RetroRob

                    I’ve been a Nate Silver fan going back to his BP and Pecota days, and used to converse with him (through email) before his time became so crunched once he became a political and media star in his own right.

                    In my mind I still have Nate firmly planted in the baseball world, so it was a bit jarring when a couple friends would throw out his name, obviously in connection with this year’s presidential elections. They’d ask me if I’m familiar with his work, at which point I’d have to ask them “which work?” Baseball or politics, although I knew the answer since neither are great baseball fans. They both were surprised by his baseball background.

                    One talked about how much she loved Nate. I asked why and she said because he was the only “sane person” out there consistently showing an Obama victory. I warned her not to love Nate too much. While he probably alligns with her politically, his work has nothing to do with being partisan. She will love him in 2012 just as many on the right hate him, but in two years, or four years, etc., his data will be showing things she won’t love. Follow him if you have an interest in the truth, not because you love a specific candidate or party.

                    I hope this is not considered a politcal conversation. I’d hate to be banned *post* election!

            • gc

              ….so you can bitch about them underperforming sooner.

    • Now Batting

      Those comments are almost as annoying to see as comments bashing comments that haven’t even been written yet. Precrime isn’t real and you aren’t Tom Cruise.

      • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)

        You’re right. I’m taller and I’d keep Katie Holmes around.

        • Now Batting

          Excellent retort.

          In all serious I think it’s fair to think in the fantasy realm when you have a top 5 prospect. After all, it would have been crazy to suggest he’d be traded for Pineda. Same goes for the Ajax trade. This year though I think it’s practically impossible to trade for anyone of marquee value unless you find a GM who considers Arod or Granderson elite players.

  • stu phillips

    I dont know how cashman holds his job.!!!!!