This holiday season, Brian Cashman is the protagonist.
If you’re a Yankee fan, you’d better like the 2020 fall-short-yank. Because Plan A has to put a bow on it and give it to you again.
On back-to-back days, Tuesday and Wednesday, Aaron Boone and Cashman made it clear that re-signing DJ Lehmahoe is a priority. He said in such a way as to suggest that the Yankees had to find a way to their best player, so they were public with their wish that it would be terrible if they did not come again.
But the way the Yankees are moving forward with the prospect of a budget has been determined by Hal Steinbrenner, who will essentially prepare the 2021 Yankees. Maybe Masahiro Tanaka (though unlikely) and maybe Brett Gardner also have plenty left to hit the shoe. But it is pretty much what is holding the band back together that may not advance the Rays into the AL East or Division Series in 2020.
Cashman’s offer was last year’s Yankees Championship-caliber squad that did not play to that level. It could go back as originally with Lewis Severino and Domingo Jarman, in the footsteps left by Jae Hap, James Paxton, and perhaps Tanaka, and the end result could be a virus-free parade next November of Heroes of Heroes.
As Cashman told reporters during a Zoom conference: “We already enter this process with a strong group;” “Isn’t there an extensive amount of weaknesses?” And “I have a very strong nucleus in place and a roster that is almost complete that we’re proud of.”
Cashman admitted that the 2020 team did not play consistently, but that his two-game sweep against the Indians in the first round showed who he was when “firing on all cylinders”. But the teams in the Central Division in each league exposed themselves as playoff frauds, which emerged primarily from the mediocrity created by a regional, short-season schedule. So two games against Indians is no bell.
Additionally, Cashman again referred to injuries to Paxton, Severino, and Tommy Kahnle, and acknowledged in the day’s play what might have resulted from Paxton’s injury and a domestic abuse suspension from the German if the season were 100 games. Except for what might have happened, with those additional 40 games there are more Yankee injuries – the injury being the most consistent part of the team in the last two years.
Also, the Yanks should talk about pitching as an injury to an injury. Ranks had more injuries with one-third of Yankee’s payroll. Yonny Chirinos was as good as Paxton in 2019 and made two fewer starts (three) than Paxton in 2020. And Kahlan.
“I thought last year’s team was really talented and we didn’t maximize that talent,” Cashman said. “He’s on me.”
Cashman has not diminished his confidence in that talent while keeping Gary Sanchez, still projecting Geller Torres in shortstop and building an offseason strategy around retaining Lemahieu.
“Our intention is to find a way to make it,” Cashman said.
Cashman did not reveal Steinbrenner’s budget, but it is very clear that the Yankees do not exceed the $ 210 million luxury-tax threshold. GM admitted, “We are not immersing toes in various waters.” [the LeMahieu situation] Declares himself. “Translation: Yan has $ 30 million- $ 35 million to spend on what Cashers had estimated, yet would still be the largest payroll among large companies. Thus, it is hard to move on to other items until Yanks finds out they are keeping LeMahieu and if so how much annually?
Cashman called it a “last resort” to create a deadline with LeMahieu, so that other options would not disappear. It is a slow moving market. But, for example, Lance Lynn has already come off the board in a trade. Japan ace Tomoyuki Sugano should sign on January 7 before his posting period ends. Jake Odorzi is likely to pass a decision.
Potentially less expensive options for Tanaka are coming and going and experience, depth and innings of rotation are a big issue. Gerrit Cole gives Yankees an ace. And Cashman discusses how good health and vice versa can be from Severino, German, Davy Garcia and Jordan Montgomery – with Michael King, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yazur in support.
There will be options in January, February and even March. Yanks will jump into the secondary market and try to find the next Chad Green or Geo Urshela. But the sooner Yank can solve Lehmah, the more ideas he will have to either raise it around him or replace him. For now, “the strong desire is for LeMahieu to return and play second,” Cashman said.
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