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Quote of the Day: Brian Cashman is keeping Ben Francisco around to “piss everybody off”

May 18, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

The Yankees designated infielder Alberto Gonzalez for assignment this afternoon in order to make room for the newly-acquired Reid Brignac. Some thought that Ben Francisco‘s roster spot could be in jeopardy, as he’s hitting just .114 (5-for-44) in 21 games, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman joked to reporters today that he’s keeping him around for a very important reason.

Cashman takes his trolling duties seriously. You have to respect that.

  1. vallewho - May 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    that’s awesome

    • fanofevilempire - May 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      The recent deals pulled off by the Dodgers and Blue Jays are making
      The Cash Man look like executive of the year and Joe manager of the
      year.

  2. bigharold - May 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    “.. Francisco’s roster spot: “Just in terms of your fan comments section, just say I’m holding onto him to piss everybody off.””

    Well it’s working!! Unless he can catch I don’t why they got Brignac.

  3. indaburg - May 18, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I’m actually starting to kinda like Cashman. He built a team in the off season out of spare parts on the cheap that is performing well and he trolls his fans.

    • mp1113 - May 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      yeah cause $203 million is on the cheap

      • indaburg - May 19, 2013 at 6:28 AM

        That’s funny, I don’t seem to recall Cashman signing or trading for $203 million worth of players this past off season. Could you refresh my memory? Wells, Youkilis, Suziki, Hafner, Kuroda, Pettite, Rivera… I must be missing a few names because I think I’m a bit short of $203 million worth of signings or trades.

        I dislike the Yankees as much as anyone, but I won’t allow my dislike to blind me. I was obviously not referring to their total team salary, simply to what Cashman has managed to do this past off-season and current season. His team, with his big name stars largely hobbled, is in first place. There’s enough of a sample size to see that the Yankees in 2013 aren’t a fluke. I’m giving Cashman his props.

  4. Kevin S. - May 18, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    And people still argue Cashman isn’t the best GM in baseball? No amount of payroll can buy that caliber trolling.

  5. proudlycanadian - May 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Dirty Harry should take trolling lessons from Cashman.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      You should take note of the bluejays starting rotation, entering this game today bluejay starters are 5.23 ERA!!! And yes im watching Cano making that number go up even more single handedly. The jays are a total joke, heads should roll over this mess that someone put together and then attempted to pass them off as a MLB team!!! YIKES!!! Hey proudly how are all those sandwich picks you been bragging about the last 5 years working out for ya? Yea not so good. How is drabeck doing? Oh yea another bust, the phillies robbed you guys blind in that trade

      • ptfu - May 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Sadly, quantity is not the same as quality.

      • nbjays - May 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        “Sadly, quantity is not the same as quality.”

        Much like dirtyharry’s too-numerous-to-count, utterly banal anti-Jays ranting…

  6. pisano - May 18, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Francisco will be gone soon, the next move will probably means he’s gone.

  7. randygnyc - May 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I have to agree with Harry here. Someone(s) in the Jays organization must be fired for this mess. AA is most certainly responsible for this very expensive mistake. If it weren’t for the Angels and Dodgers, this would be the most reported on story in all of baseball. The Jose Reyes trade will haunt the blue jays for the next decade. Now they have their own ARod contract, except they could hardly afford him if healthy and producing. Flashes of greatness for months at a time, instead of years at a time, will crush this team. Buerhle and Johnson are equally as devastating.

    • tc4306 - May 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Merits of AA’s moves aside, shed not a tear for what Rogers can/cannot afford. They are one of richest owners in all of North American Pro Sports. Not sure, think they were #1 before the sale of the Dodgers. In any event, they are way up there and can afford whatever they choose to afford.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 19, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        anyone who owns a MLB has to be rich to start with, otherwise you wouldnt own the team to being with. with that being said Rogers never spent any money on the bluejays until this year and now the team is worse off. expect them to go back to their cheap ways of fielding a team

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Someone(s) in the Jays organization must be fired for this mess. AA is most certainly responsible for this very expensive mistake

      I’ve tried telling people for years, name someone who’s got a run of excellence half as long as Cashman, and no one can. First it was Theo, bringing a championship to Boston. Then there were the Renteria/Crawford/Lackey deals to name a few, and he’s gone to the Windy City. Then it was Jack Z with the Mariners, going all in on defense. Except the team couldn’t hit a lick, and now there are rumors of getting rid of the whole front office. Then it was the “ninja” Ruben Amaro, who decided to give a declining slugger a $25M/year contract two years before FA. Then it was AA, who trade Napoli for a reliever the year he hit .320/.414/.631 and made that mega-deal with the Marlins.

      Cashman has had his bad signings/trades. He’s also had a lot of good ones. And many had nothing to do with the size of his checkbook.

    • Glenn - May 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      Weren’t all the experts picking them to win the AL East this year? Fire them too?

  8. thebadguyswon - May 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    The great AA got taken down a few notches this winter. Noah Syndergaard is almost ready for double AA after dominating St Lucie. Thanks Alex!

  9. andreweac - May 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    It was all down hill for the Jays after they traded Napoli.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 19, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      its been downhill for the jays for the last 20 years

  10. randygnyc - May 18, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Tc- you can’t go by what’s parent corp is worth. You have to look at the allocation. The jays revenues don’t allow for ownership to wildly expand payroll. That they could, but don’t, is a much worse reflection on ownership. What’s ironic here is that after nearly 20 years of being gun shy of the cliche “you have to spend money to make money” they finally pull the trigger on all the wrong long term, crippling deals.

    • proudlycanadian - May 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Their payroll is not crippling. It is about half of the Yankee payroll and about 75% of the Red Sox payroll.

  11. randygnyc - May 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Proudly- it’s all relative. The pohlads wealth aside, look at Minnesota. Their payroll is minuscule compared to the big spenders, but its no secret that Mauer’s contract is crippling the twins, regardless of his performance. If a team isn’t winning, they’re not adding revenue.

    • Tim OShenko - May 18, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Ahem. I find it dubious to suggest that Mauer’s contract is what ails the Twins. Morneau’s contract, perhaps, given the rash of injuries he’s had to battle through over the past 4-5 years, but not Mauer’s.

      What really hurt the Twins were the sunken costs for players like Nishioka ($21 million plus signing bonus), Blackburn (4-yr. $20 million contract extension for sub-mediocre sinkerballer), and Pavano (2-yr. $16 million contract for a burned out sinkerballer).

      I don’t have a problem with the Twins paying top dollar for a player like Mauer, because he’s worth top dollar. But it was around the time they started paying bit players like these guys as if they were all-stars that the team crashed and burned.

  12. apmn - May 18, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    It is now official: nobody likes Yankee fans.

    • fanofevilempire - May 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      they always hate the best.

    • anxovies - May 20, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      it is better to be feared than loved.

      -Niccolo Machiavelli

  13. randygnyc - May 18, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Tim, the twins took on those contracts as they transitioned into the new stadium. It all seemed rosy when they were making the playoffs and the place was full. Now the luster is off the brass ring, and they have no hardware to show for it, the crowds and enthusiasm is gone. The contracts that were barely affordable a few years ago, are unsustainable ow, including Mauer’s.

  14. jdrew506 - May 18, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    It’s official that Yankee fans don’t give a rats a$$ if you like us or not. Especially when we are beating your team.

    • byjiminy - May 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      charming!

    • jlovenotjlo - May 18, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      And we don’t care that you die early from low air quality. Enjoy cancer Yankee fans!

      • sparky1002 - May 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Ahhhh….the kind of hatred that only a Romney supporter could muster.

    • nbjays - May 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      What I find amusing is that, as much as Yankee fans love it when their team is winning, there is no fanbase, except maybe the Red Sox Nation, that will turn on their team faster when they underperform. Yep, best fans in baseball… unless you start losing.

      • sparky1002 - May 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Welcome to the land of sports!

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 19, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        good thing all 7 bluejay fans in this world accept losing, i mean its been 20 some years of it now

  15. jdvalk - May 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Shoulda held onto Ibanez

  16. jfk69 - May 20, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    I knew Cashman has been trolling these sites/boards for ideas. I would like thank him personally for using all my successful suggestions and apply for George Costanza’s position.
    I have many new and fresh ideas regarding uniforms and materials used in their making.
    Just a sample…In a word Hemp.
    The magical properties of this well known plant will only add to the mystique and magic of wearing the Yankee pinstripes. Did I mention…NO SHRINKAGE!
    On Francisco….It is well known the Mets covert this player and I am sure a deal will take place any dayyyyyyy now.
    . Keep up the good work while I scour the waiver wire for more players that only appear washed up or that never lived up to impossible expectations.
    Your Faithful Intern,
    JK

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