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Brian Cashman is sick of stupid questions

Dec 18, 2013, 12:46 PM EST

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Carlos Beltran‘s three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees still hasn’t been officially announced nearly two weeks later, so Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York asked general manager Brian Cashman what’s up.

Cashman’s response:

There are terms to do, physicals to take, items to be worked out when you do a contract … There’s no scoop here. Nothing’s falling apart. I don’t have time to deal with stupid questions like this.

Matthews then naturally reads into Cashman’s terse response, speculating that it means something weird might be going on with the Beltran deal. Maybe, but generally speaking the Yankees tend to take their sweet time making deals official. Been that way for years.

  1. davidbrentfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    They really need to either move Suzuki, or just dump him altogether. Arguably the worst regular player in MLB last season.

    • davidbrentfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      520 AB: 262/.297/.342 / 7HR / 15 2B / 3 3B

      • spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        I was going to argue there were worse, but when one considers the position played, the argument certainly has value. Defense and speed might pull him out of the cellar, but only Hechavarria is a significant threat.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      I know WAR isn’t perfect, but among players who got 400 plate appearances, he’s a list of the worst (by WAR)

      http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=400&type=6&season=2013&month=0&season1=2013&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=12,a

      • canislupislupis - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Can’t believe three people had to pay $9 million just to play.

      • bolweevils2 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Interesting. So by WAR, Suzuki wasn’t even close to even being the worst player on his team, much less in the majors. Overbay and Wells were both more than a win worse.

        It’s also surprising to see the Yankees only had 5 players with 400 PA last year. (The above 3 plus Gardner and Cano)

    • zuprczar - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Baseball contracts are guaranteed. They could just dump him but they’d still have to pay him.

  2. shockgee - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    He really is the jerk we thought he was.

    • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Here’s another great stupid question for him: “Who was that lady I photographed you with last night?”

  3. chiadam - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    But he has plenty of time for stupid signings.

    • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Stupidity is a dish that is best served cold.

      • Gamera the Brave - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        I wonder if people are thubs-downing Ricardo Montalban, Klingons, or Star Trek in general?…

  4. uyf1950 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    If that’s the worst thing Brian Cashman has to say about Wally Matthews of ESPN-NY I think Brian was being kind. People should read his (Matthews) column(s) on ESPN-NY and stupid is barely the tip of the iceberg.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      I guess I believe you, but it seems like a legitimate question. The answer could have been the same without that last sentence.

      Makes me think it’s really about an ongoing problem that Cashman has with Matthews, not about this particular question.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Anythings possible, but I’ve read enough of Mattews and Marchand’s articles on ESPN-NY to understand why Cashman would respond that way to one or both of the,

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Seems to me Cashman has a bit of a recent history of opening his mouth in a very professional manor. Now, I don’t know if there was a ramp-up to the question, or if this particular reporter has a history with Cashman, but he’s really getting pretty mouthy lately.

      • allsport1980 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        When you are a beat writer for a team and an article concludes with the “Yankees usually take their sweet time to announce their signings” then you probably should get treated this way. There is no story and Wally Matthews was trying to create one.

  5. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Gee Wally, maybe you should do some homework? Courtesy of RAB:

    3. At some point soon, the Yankees will need to open 40-man roster spots for Roberts, Thornton, and the still not officially signed Carlos Beltran.

    • ezthinking - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Probably looking for the M’s to take Ichiro back before they just cut him.

  6. billybawl - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Maybe there’s history there, but this hardly seems a stupid question and if Cashman doesn’t want to field questions like this he should screen his calls.

  7. yahmule - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Cashman is beginning to look and act more like Vladimir Putin every day.

    • spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      A judo-loving, marxist, homophobic, bare-chested horseman?

      • yahmule - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        I just think he looks like Putin in that picture. I could also picture Vladimir being all, “Shut up with your stupid questions, dammit!”

      • aceshigh11 - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        You’ve got everything right except “Marxist”…Putin is an authoritarian and his political party is center-right by Russian standards.

    • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      The difference is, Putin has built a winner.

    • anxovies - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      He does look a bit like Putin in the picture, with the scowling look and all. And telling Mathews that the question was stupid is something Putin would do, except Putin would have somebody from the Russian mob snatch him off the street and pull all of his teeth and fingernails, and boil him like a potato, and cut off his… You will have to excuse me, I’m reading Tom Clancy’s last book.

      • yahmule - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Like when he poisoned that dude and the guy spent his dying breath telling everyone Putin was a murdering bastard and Putin is like, “Dead guy says what?”

  8. historiophiliac - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    I’d say he was busy with last minute shopping but you all would probably say it’s too early for that.

  9. El Bravo - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    You sure that isn’t Vlady Putz in the pic above?

  10. cackalackyank - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Sorry, Cash maybe you would not need to answer these types of “stupid” questions if you had maintained and built up the farm system instead of only signing old FA, after old FA. Let’s face it, things like the Youkilis and Roberts signings really do not have to happen if you have a farm system worth a damn.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Two years ago Klaw had the Yanks ranked #10 and the Sox #18. Nearly every one of the Yanks prospects either got hurt last year or declined, and some both. Of their three first round picks last year, Judge didn’t play an inning in the minors, Clarkin got hurt and only Jagielo had any playing time, although he got hurt so his start was delayed. 2012 first round pick Ty Hensley had hip surgery so he was out all of last year. Banuelos, after missing the second half of ’12 to clean out bone chips in his elbow, had TJ surgery so he missed all of ’13. Austin hurt his wrist and never got back to his ’12 form.

      I said it at the beginning of last season that the Yanks shouldn’t expect any help from their farm in ’13. The players were too young. Give them some time. For crying out loud, the ’12 Yanks were in the ALCS. It’s not like they won only 69 games last year…

  11. rcali - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Shouldn’t he be busy signing over the hill and over priced free agents?

    • pastabelly - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Passan reported that they offered (and were declined) $140 million / 7 years for Choo. There is still more money to go around from NY. I suppose they are all in on Tanaka now.

  12. rjfgotchi - Dec 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Brian…… You need pitching…….How come Billy Bean can find it at a reasonable costs for Oakland !!!!…You can do it too….use your head !!!!

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