Brian Cashman: This stuff happens

Yeah, everybody loses 10 game division leads…wait a minute. There was the 2011 Braves, the ’95 Angels, and the ’78 Red Sox. So I guess this stuff does technically happen. Just not very often.

“We’re just not playing up to the best of our abilities, that’s all,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “It’s a collection of stuff like that. You can talk about it all you want, but it’s not about where we were, it’s where we’re going to be. We intend to win the American League East.”

“This stuff happens,” Cashman said. “It’s not easy when you’re going through it, but we’re better than the way we’re playing recently. We look forward to proving that out. I’m not embarrassed that we’re in a pennant race because there’s a lot of good teams here. We expected to be in one all year. I’m a little more surprised, to be honest, that we pulled 10 games up for a period of time.”

The season is not over and the Yankees scheduled over the final two weeks is littered with teams playing under .500 so if they can just make it until then with their heads above water than winning the division is still very much possible. However, this stuff didn’t have to happen. At least not like this.

The Yankees could have addressed some of their issues at the trade deadline. They could have traded for a real Brett Gardner replacement instead of a nearly 40-year-old Ichiro Suzuki. Gotten a catcher who can actually hit. Or even a reliever or two instead of relying on Joba Chamberlain, a guy coming off two major injuries, to be the savior. They might have been able to do this, but because the Yankees care more about saving money than winning these days Cashman has to hang-on to his prospects for dear life so he can cut payroll to $189 million by 2014 (or almost $20 million less than it was seven years ago before ticket prices were quadrupled).

More and more it feels like the Yankees just traded in their Mercedes for a Ford and expect us to believe it’s the same thing.

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3 Responses to Brian Cashman: This stuff happens

  1. Curtis says:

    It's very interesting while most teams in the league are striving to spend more while the Yankees are spending a lot less. Then again, the Yanks are the only club that's spending nearly $200 million.

    • Fred says:

      Don't look now, but the Dodgers currently have 193 million in committed payroll for next year. Which is significantly more than the Yankees.

  2. Greg Corcoran says:

    While I understand where you're coming from, I have to disagree about the trade deadline moves etc. There were very few young players, especially when you narrow down the needs to a LF and a Catcher, available at the deadline for anything short of a Herschel Walker deal. Trading for relievers almost never works out and usually costs in prospects. Taking on bad contracts was not the answer either, as it rarely is. Getting under 189 million is for the good of the franchise and will allow for much more financial flexibility in the future. You can compare it to the days of George Steinbrenner, but things are different now. Steinbrenner didn't have to deal with this nasty luxury tax which increases for each consecutive year that you hover over it.