Did Brian Cashman Blow it at the Deadline?

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Anthony Calandrino
Friday August 12, 2022

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The failure of GM Brian Cashman to complete his vision for the team during the trade deadline could not be more obvious. The strategy was to never trade Jordan Montgomery without first finding a suitable replacement.

On Aug. 2, just hours after the 6 p.m. ET deadline, it was revealed that the Yankees had missed out on a Pablo Lopez trade with the Marlins and were unable to persuade the Giants to move ace Carlos Rodón, indicating that there was a plan to add another starter.

Fans were later informed that the search had been expanded. Cashman allegedly called Tigers during their fire sale and expressed interest in Tarik Skubal.

You won’t believe it, but the Yankees were unable to reach an agreement. Why even try to work with the Tigers after they wanted Gleyber Torres in exchange for Matt Boyd a few years ago? It is clear that they are unwilling to negotiate rationally.

Is it any surprise that the negotiations for Skubal fell through? Despite rumors that GM Al Avila was willing to “listen on everybody,” Detroit ended up selling nobody of note. The Tigers swapped outfielder Robbie Grossman and pitcher Michael Fulmer. That is all. Two pending free agents who weren’t making an impact.

The Yankees are reportedly interested in Tigers pitcher Tarik Skubal.

Cashman arguably did the best he could before ruining everything with the Montgomery move. It appears that another trade deadline has been missed.

Yankees fans support more pitching… But why Skubal, other than the fact that he’s controllable for a long time? The 25-year-old has only played in 60 MLB games and didn’t gain any traction until this year. In 21 starts, he has a 2.96 FIP, 3.52 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 117 strikeouts in 117.2 innings pitched. Despite his success, he has only reduced his ERA to 4.15, his FIP to 4.32, and his WHIP to 1.21.

Take a look at that! Still not as good as Montgomery! It’s entirely a financial issue, with the Yankees oddly looking ahead to 2024-2025 right now.

According to reports, the team has made 3 attempts to find a replacement starter for Monty. All sneezes. Even though trading Monty would have hurt in the clubhouse, bringing in another arm would have helped make up for lost production.

Instead, Cashman acted too quickly, without a clear backup plan, and now only prayers will keep the Yankees’ rotation afloat until November.

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