Cashman rings Yankees alarm bells but ends with laments, offers no way forward

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is talking to reporters at the tea dugout and during their practice session at Tropicana Field on July 9, 2024.
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General manager Brian Cashman, at least, showed some urgency to ring alarm bells over the New York Yankees’ slump. He canceled his Florida travel plans and was seen attending the team’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays alongside Owner Hal Steinbrenner and others.

Speaking to reporters before the Yankees’ 5-3 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays, he clearly acknowledged the team’s recent difficulties.

The Athletic’s Brendan Kuty quoted Cashman saying, “We’ve obviously struggled with a lot of different areas on the team and it’s added up to a (lot) of losses and I can’t explain it any easier than that. You can hit some rough spots.”

“Man, it’s just been a struggle, obviously,” he conceded, “We’re certainly as rough as they come right now. It’s like a light switch went one way to the other.”

The Yankees GM is right in his assessment. The team is facing a challenging period, having lost 16 of their last 22 games. Just over three weeks ago, the Yankees boasted the best record in baseball at 50-22. Their success was anchored by a thriving rotation, even without ace Gerrit Cole, and a lineup fueled by standout performances from Aaron Judge and Juan Soto.

However, the team’s fortunes have dramatically shifted. Before Tuesday’s game, the Yankees had recorded a 5-15 record. This downturn coincided with Cole’s return, which paradoxically saw the rotation struggling, while most of the lineup, apart from Judge and Soto, fell into slumps.

Despite this rough patch, the Yankees still held the fifth-best record in the majors as of Tuesday. However, their position is significantly less secure than it was just a few weeks ago.

Cashman is also hopeful that the Yankees slump “can go the other way too quickly.” His presence at Tropicana Field underscores the organization’s commitment to navigating through these difficulties and returning to their winning ways.

The Yankees will be open-minded ahead of the trade deadline according to general manager Brian Cashman
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He depicted the sudden U-turn of the Yankees rotation from record-setting numbers to increasing struggles as an “avalanche of negative stuff.”

“You can have that avalanche of positive stuff happen… but then one little thing can add up to a whole bunch of stuff, and next thing you know you’re on the other side of it, where an avalanche of negative stuff starts to happen, and you’ve just got to fight through it,” he commented.

Contrary to manager Aaron Boone’s glossy words despite admission of defeatism, Cashman was straightforward to voice his concern about the team’s recent performance, stressing his duty to stay alert and never become complacent.

“I’m always concerned,” Cashman said. “That’s my job, to be in a position to never assume anything. Ultimately, today’s a new day, and we’re hoping to get back on track today. We have the draft coming up, but the trade deadline is as well. We’ll stay connected with everybody out there, wait for our [injured] guys at the same time to continue to get better and hope the current crew that we have out there can get back on the winning ways.”

But Cashman offers no Yankees solution except for words

For the third straight year, the New York Yankees are in the midst of a summer slump, though its full impact is still unfolding. General Manager Brian Cashman, during a visit with the team, opted not to directly address the players, leaving that task to Manager Aaron Boone, who retains his support.

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The Yankees GM avoided discussing specific trade targets but conveyed a willingness to consider various options to strengthen the team. He identified the bullpen and possibly a corner infielder as areas needing improvement but remained open to exploring different avenues to bolster the roster.

The Yankees’ recent struggles have underscored several areas needing attention, both internally and through potential trades. Cashman described his deadline strategy as opportunistic, looking for any deals that could enhance the team’s performance. He highlighted the importance of ongoing evaluation, maintaining open lines of communication with the manager and coaching staff, and staying informed through scouting reports.

The general manager emphasized the objective of reinforcing the team’s strengths while addressing its weaknesses. He noted that the season’s challenges have provided valuable insights, which will guide decision-making as the trade deadline approaches.

“When you’re at the deadline, see if you can do the best we can on that and shore it up and take your final best shot,” he said. “But we have learned, clearly, a number of different things along the way. Hopefully, we’ll be able to take care of business when it counts by the end of the month.”

Cashman expressed optimism that the organization would be able to make the necessary adjustments by the end of the month, positioning the team for success in the latter part of the season. His comments reflect a balanced approach, combining immediate problem-solving with longer-term strategic planning to steer the Yankees through their current difficulties.

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Cashman applauded Boone’s management of the team’s resources and his handling of various challenges despite fans’ clamor for his head. He pointed out the team’s contrasting performances: a stellar first two months followed by a prolonged rough patch since late June.

“He’s charged every day with pushing the right buttons the best he can with what he’s got,” he said about Boone. “I think he’s navigating that as well as he possibly can. It was a tidal wave of success here for the first two months, and then here, as we closed out June and entered July, we’ve hit a really rough patch for an extended period of time. Ultimately it all comes together with what our current record is, but we gotta be playing better than we currently are right now as an entire unit.”

The Yankees general manager stressed the need for improvement across the board, noting that while their current record reflects both early successes and recent struggles, the team must elevate its performance in all areas to navigate this difficult period successfully.

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One thought on “Cashman rings Yankees alarm bells but ends with laments, offers no way forward

  1. RE: “Cashman applauded Boone’s management of the team’s resources and his handling of various challenges despite fans’ clamor for his head.”

    How is that MORONIC statement not grounds for Firing Cashman?

    Boonehead’s COMPLETE MISHANDLING “of various challenges,” such as numerous players NOT HUSTLING (like Torres, DJ, Volpe & Grisham), is WORTHY OF RIDICULE, NOT applause, which shows how unbelievably Stupid & Delusional Cashman is.

    Cashman chose Boone as Manager. Cashman created this roster. Yet nitwit Cashman sits there with an empty-headed look on his face, which echoes what’s in his vacuous head, and basically says, I can’t understand how this happened.

    I can, Brian: YOU’RE GROSSLY INCOMPETENT!

    You’ve had a Decade & a Nearly Unlimited Budget to create a Championship Caliber Team, and you’ve FAILED MISERABLY every year.

    In his defense, people say it’s hard to win championships. Correct, except . . .

    The Dodgers have similar, but LESSER Financial Resources Than the Yankees, yet since 2013, the Dodgers have WON:

    * 10 (Ten!) Division Titles

    * 3 NL Pennants, and

    * 1 World Series Championship.

    And here’s how The Boy Disingenuous, Brian Cashman, has fared in that same time, WITH MORE RESOURCES:

    * 2 Division Titles (which is 2 LESS than the Red Sox’s 4 titles)

    * ZERO AL Pennants, and

    * ZERO World Series Championship.

    So, since the Yankees have similar, if not far better financial resources than the Dodgers, why have the Dodgers been FAR MORE SUCCESSFUL the past 10 years?

    ANSWER: the Dodgers aren’t shackled with a MORON named Brian Cashman as their GM.

    Literally, the ONLY time the Yankees have won during Cashman’s 25 years as a GM is when he was HANDED 5 Hall-Of-Fame Quality Players in Mo, Jeter, Posada, Pettitte & Williams by the Brilliant Gene Michaels & Bob Watson.

    Cashman’s primary contribution to those teams was using the Steinbrenner’s Money to sign free agents, like CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Hideki Matsui, and Tino Martinez. And all those signings were basically No Brainers that coincided nicely with Cashman’s No-Brains Baseball IQ.

    When you’re OH FOR A DECADE, like Brainless Brian Cashman, it’s an Empirical FACT that you’re NOT capable of judging talent & assembling a Championship Caliber Team. To argue otherwise is to spit in the face of logic. (Remember, this is the same nitwit who thought trading for Gallo, Donaldson, IKF, and Bader were Brilliant moves.)

    To allow Brainless Brian to further deplete the Yankees’ premium prospect on more of his mindlessly stupid trades would be like allowing the Executives at BOEING to specify the safety standards for airplanes or relying on the CAPTAIN OF THE TITANIC to chart the safest course through an Iceberg Field.

    Cashman’s Gross Incompetence as a GM is that Blatant! Cashman should be on an Unemployment Line, NOT in line to make more Hideous deadline trades.

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