The Yankees are entering their next series against the Baltimore Orioles with an 8-15 record, and the team is currently in the American League East cellar after they were swept by the Boston Red Sox over the weekend. One person that’s not happy with the way the team has been performing is Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who is baffled that his team is in last place.
Even though Cashman is frustrated with the ball club, he says he won’t make any changes to the Yankees–yet.
“There are no changes in store; ultimately, I’ll be forced to make changes if it continues,” Cashman said. “What needs to change is the players that are capable of so much more on this roster that I’ve put together starting to perform to those levels.
“Over time, if it continues, we will be forced to do things that weren’t part of the game plan. That’s just what has to happen at some point.”
The Yankees currently have a .670 OPS, which is the second-lowest in the American League, as well as a 203 AVG with runners in scoring position. But despite the Yankees troubles, don’t expect players like Aaron Judge, Nick Swisher or Rob Refsnyder to don pinstripes in an attempt to revive the offense.
“Everybody at Triple-A is trying to be an option for us at the major-league level,” Cashman said. “Right now, we’re going to keep giving some opportunities to everybody to fix themselves. In the event that we change that mindset, I’ll explore all other options. But we’re not at that point yet despite how bad this stretch has been.
Cashman tried his hardest not to point fingers at the offense, but one name that came up was Yankees third baseman Chase Headley, who’s .156 AVG, .423 OPS and no extra base-hits is ranked last among all American League hitters. But if you’re expecting the Yankees to bench Headley like the Boston Red Sox did with Pablo Sandoval, then you’ll be waiting a while. Cashman said the Yankees are sticking with Headley at third base–but he has to perform or he could lose his job.
“It’s a head-scratcher; he’s struggling mightily,” Cashman said. “He’s putting the work in and they’re working with him to get to a place where he can find a comfort zone and a groove where he can consistently impact the ball hard. That hasn’t happened for the first month at all. The concern would be if it continues.”