“(Cano and his agents) had certain numbers in their mind,” recalled Yankees GM Brian Cashman. “It was not a number we were even going to approach. They got it, and it crippled the Mariners.” (From a recent interview with Alex Speier.)
A few things came to mind when I read the above quote. For starters, Brian Cashman thinks some combination of the following:
- The internet doesn’t exist
- You don’t have a memory
- You’re an imbecile
- All the above
After watching that condescending, misrepresentative debacle of an end of the season press conference he had in November, I tend to think he believes we’re imbeciles. It’ll be a long time before I erase the memory of him explaining that it was not in fact, that other GMs have done a better job than him that kept the Yanks out of the series. The reason that half the pitchers in the World Series were not on the Yankees was that no one accepted his low ball offers for those pitchers…duh. You know, the logic that Clint Frazier and Chance Adams were not worth giving up for Gerrit Cole is tough logic with which to argue. (He typed, sarcastically…)
But the internet does exist Brian, so we can take a look at exactly what Seattle got for Robinson Cano. In five seasons with Seattle Cano averaged a 129 OPS+ and 4.8 WAR per season. For those of you who don’t follow adjusted OPS and WAR, here’s some perspective for you:
In 2019 Gleyber Torres put up a 128 OPS+ and 3.9 WAR. Think about Gleyber’s season last year and then think about this: Cano was better than that for five years. And don’t come at me with “Yeah, Cano, but, but…cheating!” The only MLB 2nd baseman with better numbers over that stretch knew what pitches were coming to him.
Oh, and by the way: When Seattle did decide to change course and trade Cano, one of the players they received in return is now the number one prospect in their organization and one of the top prospects in baseball.
Brian Cashman’s definition of crippled: Five seasons of all-star level play and then one of the best prospects in baseball after that. Cashman wishes he were good enough to be crippled.
And lest we forget, the investment that Cashman did not want to make in Cano (and Curtis Granderson) he decided to make in Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran – almost to the penny.
We know what happened: That crippled the Yankees. Then after fixing the crippling situation that he created, there are really people who credit Cashman for a rebuild. It’s like if he drove drunk your car into a tree then took credit for your insurance company replacing it.
I’ve covered this before, so I’m not going to rehash, but here’s your friendly reminder:
You may think Cashman is a good GM. I don’t not. It’s cool, we can disagree. But what is difficult to argue with is this:
He is not good enough. And he thinks you’re an idiot.
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