Cashman’s comments on Jeter, Teixeira, CC, Ichiro and Cano

Brian Cashman

Brian Cashman took full blame for the way the 2013 season ended, the team not being prepared and even acknowledged that it was tough to see so many injures this season. He took some time to talk about some of the current Yankees on the team such as Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Robinson Cano and Ichiro Suzuki. Here’s what he had to say about each of their situations (quotes via Lohud Yankees):

Derek Jeter: “I certainly hope to get Derek back to the Derek that we’re all used to. He’s one of those guys that did everything in his power to fight through something that turned out to be pretty significant. And so now he’ll have some time to back off, get some rest, some more flexibility back, and get every aspect of that ankle in line, as far as the kinetic chain. So it’ll put him in position to have the typical training regimen he’s used to as he prepares for the season. He’ll be able to do that. The expectation is that, when that happens and does occur, he can put significant distance between what we saw and all lived through with him the last year, where obviously it was something that was really limiting him, to being the player he’s capable of being again.”

Mark Teixeira: “The surgery was something that we would’ve preferred not to have to do, but when it declared that it wasn’t going to resolve itself, they said surgery will fix it. He’ll just be dealing with knocking some serious rust off as he enters spring training. He typically is a guy historically that doesn’t hit right out of the gates early. How he gets affected by not hitting for a full year, for the most part, I don’t know, but he’ll be a healthy player that we’ll be happy to be running out to first base and thankfully that won’t be a position that we have to worry about as we enter next year. … I guess you should be careful of saying it should resolve without a problem, because we had so many problems this year that didn’t resolve as expected, but in his case, he should be fine and ready to go by spring training and productive over the course of time as he knocks the rust out.”

Robinson Cano: “I think if he stays he’ll have a legitimate chance to experience what you just saw, for instance, for Mariano. Maybe he has the chance to be the first Dominican-born player in Monument Park. A home-grown Yankee. But at the same time, it’s a business. He has comported himself in a tremendous way both on and off the field for the New York Yankees, and we’ve been extremely happy to have him, and we hope to extend that relationship. But we have a process to still go through on that, and he will certainly be in a position to entertain offers from other clubs in the process.”

Ichiro Suzuki: “Obviously he’s a tremendous defender. Singles hitter, great athlete, steals bases. He can certainly disrupt the defense. That’s my evaluation of him. When he’s going well he can obviously change a game for you. … Don’t know yet (what to expect from him next year). We’ll go through the process. My expectation is that he’s going to give us everything he’s got. I know that he will do that. What the role is going to be, I think it depends on the personnel that we have. I don’t know what that’s going to be yet.”

CC Sabathia: “Based on the year he just had velocity-wise, if that didn’t come back this year, I don’t know why it would start to come back next year. So I’m going to assume he’s going to be pitching at the current velocity that he kind of settled into this year in the second half. Obviously the home run ball was a big problem for him this year. That, historically I know, can be fluky. That’s something that can be and we certainly hope is an aberration. His strikeouts-per-nine, his walks-per-nine are right where he was in ’09 and 2010, despite the lack of velocity. That shows his pitchability. … If he provides the innings, the hope and expectation certainly is that he can pitch at the front of that rotation. And those are some of the indicators that you say regardless of the velocity being down, the strikeouts-per-nine and the walks-per-nine being virtually identical to his Cy Young Award competition he was in in ’09 and 2010, when he was 21 wins and 19 wins, whatever years those were, those are indicators there is clearly something there that you have a lot of hope and belief in.”

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One Response to Cashman’s comments on Jeter, Teixeira, CC, Ichiro and Cano

  1. Michael R says:

    Jeter will never even be close to what he was. These were obviously much more serious injuries than what was revealed by the front office. Tex should have been operated on from the get-go given the history of others with the same injury. Who knows if he has much left. Signing Cano to a long term, high dollar contract will further decimate the club, as with Arod. I like Ichiro but a younger, developing, player would be a nice fill for his role with the Club. Sabathia is a competitor, and a smart pitcher, who will work out his problems in the off season.

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