Is Brian Cashman truly the out-of-touch dork that his critics believe him to be? Or is the headline on the back page of today’s Daily News (“Short Story – Cashman Says Sorry Jose, Jeter’s Our Man and We’re Set For The Future”) some sort of shrewd Yankee bargaining ploy to get Jose Reyes’ asking price down?
Here is what Cashman is quoted as saying by every major news source. “We have an everyday shortstop in Derek Jeter. And I think we have an everyday shortstop that would be playing for a lot of clubs in Eduardo Nunez.”
Yes, the Yankees have an everyday shortstop in Derek Jeter – that is, when he’s not injured, something that is increasingly likely to happen as he approaches the age of 40.
If the Yankees have an everyday shortstop named Derek Jeter next season, they will be trying to win a pennant with the oldest starting shortstop in the history of big league baseball. In fact, that’s exactly what they’re trying to do this year.
That Jeter can no longer hit consistently or hit with power or display the range in the field of even an average major league shortstop is something that Cashman and most Yankee fans are willing to overlook as he closes in on 3000 hits. But the day after the party, everyone is going to have to face some hard realities.
And one of those realities is that Brian Cashman has a head full of German bean sprouts if he really thinks Eduardo Nunez is the solution to the Yankee’s looming shortstop disaster. That is, unless Nunez, age 24, has some hidden talents that have somehow escaped detection during his six season in the minor leagues and 71 games in the majors, over which he has posted an on-base of .301 percent.
Cashman is correct when he says that Nunez could be playing for a playing of clubs, but unfortunately those clubs are in places like Columbus, Newark and Staten Island.
What then to make of Cashman’ silly statement? Steven Goldman of PinstripedBible.com has a good handle on it:
“I have just one question: After Rafael Soriano, why should we take anything Cashman says about what players he wants or doesn’t want seriously? It’s not up to him, and his input clearly doesn’t matter all that much. If someone higher up wants Jose Reyes, the Yankees will try to get Jose Reyes.
And you know what’s wonderful about that? Cashman is wrong here. They should try to get Jose Reyes. Yesterday.”
I would add just one thing that Goldman’s reaction: If the Boston Red Sox try to get Jose Reyes, the Yankees will try to get Jose Reyes.