Cashman addresses hot-button issues

I’m playing catch-up on this, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke on Thursday at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and addressed several hot-button topics that fans have been curious about.

Via the Register Citizen’s Joe Morelli, with a hat tip to the iYankees blog for linking it first:

On not negotiating new contracts with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera right now, and some more context about Johnny Damon —

“The industry the last two free agent markets seems to be going
downward and the player’s ages are going upward,” Cashman said. “It
makes more sense to be patient. My attitude is if this is the place you
want to be, you will make it happen. Johnny Damon professed his love
for the Yankees, wanted to be here and was given every chance to be
here. He’s not here anymore and I don’t feel that is the Yankees’
fault. They have to reconcile why they are not here, not me.

“If
people want to be here and be a part of something, then find a way to
work it out. Of course we want (Jeter, Rivera and Girardi) back, but we
choose to delay that until the end of the year.”

On the Yankees’ two-year, $14 million offer to Damon –

“I told (Damon and Boras), ‘I don’t know if Hal (Steinbrenner, the
team’s part owner) would approve it, but I’m not going to fight for it
unless we know you will do it,'” Cashman said. “Scott Boras said,
‘Bobby Abreu’s (new) contract is $9 million a year right now on the
table so why would we do that? So I expect to see a Bobby Abreu
contract.’ … I hope he does not sign for something less than our
offer. That means he should have been a Yankee and that’s not our
fault.”

On how the Yankees’ budget looks for 2010 —

“If you ask everyone in the room if they would rather not have Curtis
Granderson because he costs X amount of dollars and Andy Pettitte
because he costs X amount, that gives you more money to sign the left
fielder who is dear to your heart in Johnny Damon,” Cashman said. “If
you ask most people right now, what would you rather have moving
forward, I think they would say they need Andy Pettitte for the
rotation and Curtis Granderson because he’s an all-star center fielder
who hit 30 homers at Comerica Park last year, who steals bases and is
(7) years younger. You can’t have everything.”

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The Yankees are far from being finished making roster moves. By July you’ll see new guys in the DH and outfield positions.

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Like I said, RobertGK, getting Granderson was great, but if you’re going to add his HR totals to my example than I’ll have to add Matsui’s to mine and the new bunch still comes up short in that area.
As for “getting younger and more athletic”, tigernyc, it certainly applies to acquiring Granderson, but how exactly do the 36 year old Winn and the injury prone Johnson factor into that equation?

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State of the Yankees: Rotation
By Chad Jennings
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/02/15/state-of-the-yankees-rotation/

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Fan Confidence Poll: February 15th, 2010
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/fan-confidence-poll-february-15th-2010-23869/

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Sorry about multiple posts. Internet connection got screwy.

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The Yankees did what they had to in the off season, getting younger and more athletic. (Branch Rickey: Better to let a player go a year too early, than a year too late. Sorry Johnny and Hideke, neither of whom could field anymore, but thx for the memories.) Granderson should be a major upgrade, long term. Gardner should start in CF and be a significant offensive catalyst from the # 9 hole. Only real OF concern is that both Granderson and # 4 Winn had aweful 2009 vs LHP, which makes Hoffman vs Thames for 25th Roster spot interesting. Adding Vazquel was, of course, also a coup. Kodus to Cashman et al. Great Job!!!

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The Yankees did what they had to in the off season, getting younger and more athletic. (Branch Rickey: Better to let a player go a year too early, than a year too late. Sorry Johnny and Hideke, neither of whom could field anymore, but thx for the memories.) Granderson should be a major upgrade, long term. Gardner should start in CF and be a significant offensive catalyst from the # 9 hole. Only real OF concern is that both Granderson and # 4 Winn had aweful 2009 vs LHP, which makes Hoffman vs Thames for 25th Roster spot interesting. Adding Vazquel was, of course, also a coup. Kodus to Cashman et al. Great Job!!!

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The Yankees did what they had to in the off season, getting younger and more athletic. (Branch Rickey: Better to let a player go a year too early, than a year too late. Sorry Johnny and Hideke, neither of whom could field anymore, but thx for the memories.) Granderson should be a major upgrade, long term. Gardner should start in CF and be a significant offensive catalyst from the # 9 hole. Only real OF concern is that both Granderson and # 4 Winn had aweful 2009 vs LHP, which makes Hoffman vs Thames for 25th Roster spot interesting. Adding Vazquel was, of course, also a coup. Kodus to Cashman et al. Great Job!!!

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State of the Yankees: Outfield corners
By Chad Jennings
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/02/14/state-of-the-yankees-outfield-corners/

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Nancy,
A doctor might say “read this twice and call me in the morning:”
How many runs could the Yanks score next season?
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2010/01/how-many-runs-could-the-yanks-score-next-season-22766/

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State of the Yankees: Center field
By Chad Jennings
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/02/13/state-of-the-yankees-center-field/

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Mantle,
You’re forgetting Granderson’s 30 dingers over Cabrera’s 13 and that he now will be playing in a park where his home production could easily match what he had on the road last year (home 10, road 20.)

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This stand-off between Damon and the Yankees’ management reminds me of the Dodger’s vs. Steve Garvey in their negotiations. Matsui, the great center-fielder (defensively), Melky Caberra , and now Johnny Damon’s departure is very sad. I don’t know how the Yankees will withstand the loss.

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Acquiring Granderson was a plus but not re-signing Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui, while subbing them in the lineup w/Gardner, Winn, and Johnson–all three of which had a combined HR total of 13 in ’09 vs Johnny’s 24–is a blunder. And for the GM of this team, one that has never let money get in the way of acquiring a desired player, to defend this move as one rooted in budget concerns is pathetic, to say the least.

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