Brian Cashman on losing Robinson Cano to Mariners: They Yankeed us

Brian-Cashman-Yankees-Faked-Interest-in-Carl-CrawfordSomeone turned the tables on the New York Yankees for a change, and Brian Cashman is well aware of that.

In an interview with ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” crew at the winter meetings on Tuesday, Cashman acknowledged that the Seattle Mariners did to them exactly what they usually do to others: steal their best players by signing them for more money.

“Seattle essentially took [Cano] from us,” Cashman admitted. “They Yankeed us. We’re used to taking great players from other clubs and in this case, Seattle took a great player from the Yankees. And they made it an easy decision for him at that number.”

Yes, they certainly did. 10 years and $240 million will likely sway any player.

Cashman also said he was happy the difference in prices the teams offered Cano was so great because it doesn’t make them look as bad for losing him. They were supposedly offering around $160 million over seven years.

We have felt for a long time that the Yankees were willing to let Cano go. If they offered him $220 million, you can bet he would have stayed. The Yankees just didn’t feel like he was worth that money.

Brian Cashman’s alleged mistress Louise Meanwell says he knew about Yankees’ PED use, misled investigators

Brian-Cashman-Did-Not-Want-Rafael-SorianoNew York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman could become very familiar with the inside of a courtroom over the next several months. For starters, there is the ongoing Alex Rodriguez saga that is sure to involve everyone within the Yankees organization, as well as their grandparents and first-born children. Cashman is also dealing with his alleged mistress, Louise Meanwell, who is being brought up on charges related to stalking and extortion.

And now, it appears that the two cases have become intertwined. According to the NY Daily News, Meanwell has filed court papers demanding that A-Rod’s new lawyer Joe Tacopina be removed from his case because she uses an attorney from the same firm.

Tacopina’s partner, Stephen Turano, is representing Meanwell in the stalking and extortion case. Meanwell claims to have shared details with Turano about her alleged conversations with Cashman, during which she says the Yankees GM told her he “knew of Yankee clubhouse steroid use by various Yankee players by name” and “was ambivalent to the use of performance enhancement drugs so long as nothing came back to the Yankee organization.”

Meanwell also claims Cashman told her that he misled investigators who were looking into former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens’ alleged performance-enhancing drug use.

Tacopina has insisted there is no conflict of interest, noting that Turano is not representing Meanwell through their Manhattan-based firm but a separate firm in New Jersey. He also insisted he has never spoken to Turano about Meanwell or her case pertaining to Cashman. However, a legal expert reportedly told the Daily News that a conflict exists even if the two firms are separate.

“The problem is that the lawyer (could) be less than loyal to one client or the other,” the source said.

Whether Meanwell is guilty of what she has been accused or not, her assertion that there is a conflict of interest makes sense. Tacopina has already began digging deep into Rodriguez’s case and has come hard at the Yankees, so the last thing A-Rod needs is to lose him.

H/T SB Nation

Brian Cashman: I’m not comfortable talking to Alex Rodriguez anymore

Alex Rodriguez YankeesThe relationship between Alex Rodriguez and New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is about nothing but business these days. A-Rod is a player on a team that Cashman is in charge of, and there is not much to it other than that. How do we know this? Cashman said it himself over the weekend when he told reporters he doesn’t say more than “hello” to A-Rod these days.

“That’s about it,” Cashman said, via the Boston Globe. “I’m not comfortable talking to him anymore. I don’t want to be distorted. I’m not comfortable talking to Alex because I feel we are in a litigious environment.”

On Saturday, a report was published saying Rodriguez’s lawyer Joe Tacopina is accusing the Yankees of trying to sabotage his client in an attempt to force the third baseman to retire from baseball. Team president Randy Levine has denied the accusations and challenged Tacopina and A-Rod’s camp to “put up or shut up.” Cashman echoed some of Levine’s comments.

“Is it an unusual circumstance?” he asked. “Absolutely. Are any of these people happy with these allegations that continue to get thrown? It’s odd. It’s odd and it’s false, but we still have to go through the motions.”

Cashman was asked about Rodriguez “declaring war” against the Yankees organization, to which he noted that A-Rod’s finger-pointing extends far beyond the team’s front office.

“It’s not just Yankees management,” Cashman said. “He’s putting it at the level of our trainers, at the level of our medical staff … the whole organization.”

While many will argue that Rodriguez has every right to appeal his 211-game suspension (and he does), this has become much more than a performance-enhancing drug case. A-Rod is attacking the credibility of the Yankees.

“He’s fighting an appeal and he has rights to have his say, but clearly, it’s a lot of extra stuff and frustrations and distractions that we didn’t bring upon ourselves, I know that,” Cashman said. “I can’t speak for others, but I know it’s definitely a distraction for me. I’ve got a lot of extra work from this stuff. It’s very frustrating.”

Actually, I’m sure Cashman can speak for others — he just doesn’t want to. The A-Rod drama is obviously a distraction for the Yankees. They were able to overcome the drama that played out on Sunday night to defeat the Boston Red Sox, but stuff like that wouldn’t be happening without Rodriguez around. It doesn’t matter how many home runs he hits, the Yankees would love to wash their hands of A-Rod and move on.

Brian Cashman: Alex Rodriguez violated CBA by seeking second opinion

Joel-Sherman-Wants-Us-to-Leave-Alex-Rodriguez-AloneAs expected, the New York Yankees were not pleased with Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday after his doctor appeared on the radio to declare the slugger perfectly healthy. Last weekend, the Yankees announced that an MRI had revealed A-Rod is dealing with a Grade 1 quad strain, which will cause him to miss at least another week. One of Rodriguez’s personal doctors, Dr. Michael Gross, said he saw nothing in the MRI results.

It seems as though Rodriguez intentionally tried to make the team look bad. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said in a statement that he may have violated the collective bargaining agreement in doing so.

“Contrary to the Basic Agreement, Mr. Rodriguez did not notify us at any time that he was seeking a second opinion from any doctor with regard to his quad strain,” Cashman said.

As ESPNNewYork.com pointed out, Article XII, Paragraph D of the CBA states that “a player shall inform the club in writing” before seeking a second opinion on an injury. There were rumors about A-Rod planning to seek a second opinion after the Yankees revealed the MRI results, but a source said he did not inform the team. Still, the Yankees may have little recourse aside from forcing A-Rod to incur all of the costs associated with the second opinion.

Cashman went on to question whether or not Dr. Gross was qualified to give his evaluation of Rodriguez’s quad.

“In media reports, we have since learned that the doctor in question has acknowledged that he did not examine Mr. Rodriguez and that he was not retained to do a comprehensive medical examination of Mr. Rodriguez,” he said. “As early as Friday, July 12, when I suggested to Alex that we move his rehab from Tampa to Triple-A Scranton [at Buffalo], Alex complained for the first time of ‘tightness’ in his quad and therefore refused to consent to the transfer of his assignment. Again, last Sunday, Alex advised that he had stiffness in his quad and should not play on Sunday or Monday. We sent Alex to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI which evidenced a Grade 1 strain.”

It seems highly unlikely that Cashman would be blatantly lying about A-Rod reporting tightness in his quad. He had to have complained about it at some point, which is what makes Dr. Gross’s interview on WFAN Wednesday so bizarre. We’re well aware of the theory that the Yankees want A-Rod to retire due to injury, but we have to be realistic at some point.

“So he’s saying the New York Yankees, Major League Baseball and New York Presbyterian are all in cahoots to phony up an injury?” a highly placed baseball source reportedly told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday night. “It makes no sense.”

Again, the situation is just bizarre. And we’re just talking about the quad injury. There’s also the Biogenesis scandal and possible suspension looming, which clouds the picture even more. If the Yankees could make it go away, I’m sure they would.

Brian Cashman: A-Rod should ‘shut the f— up’ on Twitter

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Brian Cashman is livid with Alex Rodriguez after the New York Yankees third baseman/DH tweeted an update about his health on Tuesday.

“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”

A-Rod recently joined Twitter and Instagram, and he has been utilizing his accounts to provide updates on his health/comeback.

Last week he tweeted to announce that he was facing live pitching for the first time:

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Yankees GM breaks leg skydiving

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman broke his right leg and dislocated the ankle while skydiving in Florida.

Cashman jumped with the U.S. Army Golden Knights in a plane from Homestead Air Reserve Base outside Miami, a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. He was hurt on his second jump Monday.

The Yankees said X-rays at Homestead Hospital revealed a broken fibula and dislocated ankle. Cashman was scheduled for surgery later in the day with Dr. Dominic Carreira at Broward Health Medical Center.

”I’m in great spirits, and it was an awesome experience,” Cashman said in a statement. ”The Golden Knights are first class. While I certainly didn’t intend to raise awareness in exactly this fashion, I’m extremely happy that the Wounded Warrior Project is getting the well-deserved additional attention.”

The 45-year-old, who has been the team’s GM since February 1998, also has rappelled down a 350-foot, 22-story building in Stamford, Conn., in an elf’s costume the past two Decembers as part of the town’s ”Heights and Lights” celebration.

John Harper of the New York Daily News shared a photo of Cashman laying on the ground waiting to receive medical attention following his second jump.

Cashman’s skydive benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project, so at the very least he can take comfort knowing that his pain is paying off. Here we are thinking that incredibly strange spring training injuries like this and this can only happen to players. Little did we know, GMs are just as susceptible.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brian Cashman on Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon suspensions: ‘Not surprised’

Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon have several things in common. For starters, both were born in the Dominican Republic. Both also played for the Yankees, and both have been suspended by the MLB for 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Their former GM, Brian Cashman, spoke candidly about their suspensions on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, not surprised,” the Yankees GM said on “The Michael Kay Show” when asked about the suspensions. “You see some spike in performance. You hope it’s not the case, but you scratch your head and you wonder at the same time. But then you sit there and get a comfort level: Tests are taking place, so if people are passing their tests …

“In Bartolo’s case, as well as he has done last year as well through this year, at his age, after coming back from that surgery, makes you scratch your head.”

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