- More baseless bluster from the Baby Boss:
Yankees GM Brian Cashman must not have gotten it in writing that Hank Steinbrenner wouldn’t do any backseat bellowing as he formulates his plan for the off-season. It took a bit more than a day after the World Series for Hank to start in with his own personal, unhinged prescriptions for what ails the Yankees. The “prescription” metaphor is eerily apropos when discussing Hank because he’s like a quack doctor for the media to get the meds they need by way of a story on a slow day; all they have to do is pick up the phone, get him on the line and keep silent as he goes off. Read it and believe it right here: Brian Cashman ain’t going after Manny Ramirez.
With Cashman deciding to stay with the Yankees when he could very easily have left for numerous other jobs, there had to be an understanding that he was going to be allowed to run the team the way he wants just as there was a “hands-off” agreement from George Steinbrenner the last time Cashman’s contract expired. With Hank’s rants being all but ignored as if he’s some deranged uncle sitting at the kid’s table at Thanksgiving and going off to appease himself, there’s absolutely no reason to think that anything’s changed; in fact, since Cashman decided to stay, it’s clear that nothing Hank says has any validity; not just because he’s gone off on tangents all year, but because his tangents and demands were completely disregarded by Cashman and the baseball people.
Now comes the story that the Yankees are going to consider Manny as a possible target—-ESPN Story. Of all the Yankees needs, another veteran bat that’s going to cost $25-30 million a year isn’t high on the list, if at all; add in that Manny doesn’t seem all that enamored of coming back to his hometown of New York to play nor dealing with Boston after everything that happened on the way out the door and then returning to the city in a Yankee uniform; that Cashman, Joe Girardi and the other players probably aren’t going to want to deal with another sideshow in Manny, and it becomes so absurd that it’s not even worth discussing. The Yankees focus this off-season is going to be pitching, pitching and more pitching; perhaps they could use another catcher who they could trust not to be an automatic out at the plate and handle the job if Jorge Posada isn’t ready by opening day (Josh Bard, maybe?)
This is just another case of the Baby Boss, Hank Steinbrenner, getting asked a question, ranting and raving without knowing what he’s talking about and getting his name in the papers because of it even though what he’s saying just isn’t going to happen. Hank’s rants are becoming so tiresome, it’s only a matter of time before the sound of his voice begins to resemble what the adults in Peanuts sounded like when speaking: “Wahhhh, wahhhh, wahhh, wahhhhh.” “Yes, Mr. Steinbrenner,” Cashman said with a roll of his eyes.
- Brewers prepare an offer for C.C. Sabathia:
The Brewers have said that their offer to keep C.C. Sabathia in Milwaukee will be presented soon—-ESPN Story. Sabathia isn’t the overt mercenary that Manny and Mark Teixeira (and, to be frank, most players) are, but he’s going to want to get paid and the offers from other teams are going to be so tasty that there’s no way the Brewers are going to be able to approach them in such a way that Sabathia will even consider leaving that money on the table to stay in Milwaukee. Even if Sabathia were sufficiently motivated to stay, wouldn’t the club have checked with him regarding what kind of manager he’d like to play for before hiring the old-school Ken Macha? Macha’s reputation isn’t that of being soft on his players which would add to the unlikelihood that Sabathia’s going to re-up for 6-8 years.
This whole situation reminds me of 1998 when Randy Johnson was traded to the Houston Astros and pitched almost identically as well as Sabathia did this year with the Brewers. The circumstances were actually nearly identical as well: both were pitching poorly for their previous teams; both were pending free agents who were going to test the waters, and both joined their new teams who uncharacteristically spent money and prospects for a rental to try and win a championship. Like the Brewers, the Astros lost in the first round of the playoffs in four games, made an offer to Johnson. Johnson made it sound as if there was a chance he’d stay in Houston even though there probably wasn’t one; that he’d just built a home in Arizona was an obvious clue and the Diamondbacks offer was for more years and money than that of the Astros.
Johnson then and Sabathia now appeared to feel somewhat guilty over leaving the teams that rented them because they liked the people and surroundings, but Johnson did it and Sabathia’s going to do it because the money is too lucrative to turn down. Sabathia shouldn’t feel any negative emotions about doing what’s best for himself and his family and taking care of them financially while benefiting his career as well as he goes to another team. It’s business.