Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cashman Gets Busy Filling the 9 Hole

Recently, Brian Cashman signed outfielders Randy Winn and Marcus Thames to compete with Brett Gardner to see who gets to solidify the number 9 spot in our lineup. Cashman did this in place of signing an established outfielder such as Johnny Damon, Matt Holiday, or Jason Bay.

"We weren't trying to find a clean up hitter. We already have players for that. When I looked over our roster the one glaring hole was at the number 9 spot. It seemed like we just didn't have a player crappy enough to play there."

When he realized this, Cashman set out to fill this hole.

"I quickly got on the phone and called Hal to talk budget. Hal said 'We got $20 million we can use if you want to sign Damon.' But I said 'No thanks, how much do we spend on office supplies in a year?' Hal tells me about $2.5 million. I said that's still too much for the kind of crappy player I'm looking for, but if I split that money among three different players, I think we'll be in the ballpark."

So Cashman used that money to secure salaries for three players who he's hoping will compete for the number 9 hole. These players are Brett Gardner, Marcus Thames, and Randy Winn.

"What I'm really hoping for is a quadruple A player. Someone who is too good to keep in Triple A, but bad enough that you want to hide them at the end of your lineup. I don't know if we've found him, but somewhere in our organization this player has to exist."

What attracted Cashman to the players he's secured?

"You see, Gardner is fast, but his speed is also why I don't think he's bad enough for the 9-spot. Thames can't hit for crap, but when he does hit, he hits it a long way, and that's a little too risky for the 9-spot. Then there's Randy Winn, who plays good defense, a little too good, so I just don't know. All these players display tendencies towards being crappy, but none of them really stand out as being the best crappiest player for the 9-spot."


Jon Roberts said...

Is it time for baseball yet? I'm going through serious withdrawal.

cheshirecat said...

Haha! Good job guys!

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

Just eight more days according to Yankees.com. You may consider some cold weather wiffle ball in the meantime.

Anonymous said...

I wish we got Holliday but it's obvious that wasn't going to happen. Like I said before, if the Yankees' biggest issue in 2010 is that their #9 hitter isn't TEH AWESOME HITTAR, while still providing good defense for his position, I will take that, HAPPILY.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

Yeah, we definitely don't have much to complain about. Reminds of this morning on the FAN when Carton hung up on a guy who was complaining about the Yankees third string catcher when the best Mets news of late was that they were lowering a wall no human can reach by 8 feet.

Anonymous said...

I remember in 1996 watching the Yankees win the World Series while at my best friend's house, and, on the radio on the way home, Jerome from Manhattan was complaining loudly about how Tino Martinez hadn't gotten enough playing time in the Series. I was nine, but I still vividly remember this.

Are they really lowering the fences at Citi?

Finally, the title of this thread deserves one big ol' THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!!!!

Dylan Murphy said...

I'm almost happy we didn't get Holliday. Yes it would've been awesome, but I am tired of the backlash of the Yankees buying success. And no, it's not time for baseball yet. Not till after the NBA all-star game at the least.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

They are indeed lowering the fence, though just part of the center field fence, over there in Queens. I guess with the Mets the way they are now we can add 'Championship' to the list of things that Queens is far from (other items on the list include 'everything').

You're right about the "That's what she said!" I'm kind of upset I didn't think of that myself.

Rich Mahogany said...

And to think that Cashman passed on Cody Ransom. The man is perfect for the job.