Hey Cashman: Shut Up and Put Up
April 15, 2011
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Pedro didn't make it out of spring training, and it's looking like season-ending surgery.
Look, Brian Cashman has made some decent decisions as the New York Yankees’ General Manger. I can’t complain about being a fan of the team with the largest checkbook in sports, but Cashman should know when to keep his mouth shut. Recently he has complained about the Mets’ overuse of lefty Pedro Feliciano. When Feliciano was placed on the Disabled List at the beginning of the season, the Yanks’ GM was quick to chastise the Mets for how often they used him. He knew this when he signed the lefty reliever to a two-year eight-million dollar deal. Why does he seem so surprised now? This information was clearly public knowledge. Needless to say Cashman has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar after his only offseason plan was to throw money at Cliff Lee and hope he chose the Yankees. After Lee chose the “mystery” team over the Yankees, Cashman clearly scrambled for a back-up plan to salvage the 2011 season. While it is understandable, because every New Yorker in his right mind expected Lee to wear pinstripes this year, blaming the worst franchise in sports (the Mets incase you were wondering) is not the solution. Especially since without wracking our brains too hard we can easily think of two clear abuses of Yankees’ relievers in recent history. In 2006 the Yankees sent righty Scott Proctor out for 83 games in which he pitched 102 innings. 102 innings! In 2007 Ron Villone threw 80 innings over the course of 70 games. From 2007-2010 Feliciano averaged 86 games (which definitely is a lot) a year for the Mets, but he never exceeded 64 innings. Heck, Mariano Rivera is 41 years old and he has averaged 71-plus innings a year for the last eight years! Please shut-up Cashman. The Yankees still have a great team. They are capable of winning the World Series without your precious reliever. The Mets and their fan base are all ready downtrodden. No one wants to hear you whine about how your plan do sign a reliever that you could have paid for with your own checkbook didn’t work out. Go out there and do something about it. Trade your stable of minor league prospects (maybe a combination of Sanchez, Montero or Romaine, plus Banuelos, Noesi, and Brackman may work) for Felix Hernandez . We need King Felix! Do we need to start some sort of campaign or are you going to come to your senses. And don’t even start with the “he’s not available” BS. You are the GM of the Yankees, figure it out.