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January 26, 2008

What Hipster Doofus Duo Had To Say

More from Gary & Wyatt's fun night out on the town, via the Post:

At times, the two were remarkably candid, from Cashman admitting Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu were not in shape last spring to Epstein saying he regretted the rash trade he made two years ago, when he sent promising reliever Cla Meredith to the Padres to reacquire backup catcher Doug Mirabelli, after Mirabelli's replacement Josh Bard had a rough game handling Tim Wakefield's knuckleball.

On Bernie Williams' final years in pinstripes, Cashman's assessment was the former center fielder, "Got into music, and I thought it took a lot away from his play."

Cashman said one of the reasons Williams wasn't back with the Yankees last year was the GM feared having to release the popular player during the season, and that wouldn't have been a proper sendoff. Cashman indicated Williams got the proper farewell two years ago, after a having a "terrible" 2005 season.

While Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu and Bernie Williams probably feel like they were thrown under a bus, via Cash's comments, personally, I give Brian two huge thumbs-up for being spot-on here and for having the nerve to speak the truth. Better late than never.

During a question-and-answer session, a fan asked each GM whom he would take from the other's team if given the chance. Cashman picked Jason Varitek, noting he'd like to take the catcher and "put him [on] another planet," to cripple the Red Sox.

Who would Epstein pluck from the Yankees?

"I'd take the gentleman on my left," Epstein said, motioning to Cashman, "and make him [our] scouting director."

This is not the first time that I've heard about Cashman's crush on Varitek. Cashman as the Red Sox scouting director? Man, that would be music to my ears. Putting a dollar sign on the muscle is Brian's biggest weakness as a baseball executive.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at January 26, 2008 09:20 AM


Too funny. We should take your word over Theo Epstein's, eh ? He's not the boy genius they make him out to be, but if he thinks Cashman is a solid GM, I'm afraid I but a wee bit more stock in that opinion than yours.

Also, you need to try reading a bit closer. Cashman's comments about Veritek do not reflect that he has a crush on him, but that he recognizes how valuable he is to the Sox. He doesn't want him on his team, but he does want to take a valuable piece away from his #1 rivals. I believe they call that "intangibles". You may have heard the term before in regards to one Derek Jeter.

Veritek IS their captain.

Posted by: Sherard [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 26, 2008 10:45 AM

Varitek Schmaritek, you take David Ortiz, period. Maybe Manny Ramirez.

Posted by: JeremyM [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 26, 2008 12:59 PM

I'd take Beckett, if he could learn to play the game the right way™.

Posted by: Rich [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 26, 2008 05:33 PM

I see Cashman's point. The Red Sox have nobody at all on their team or in their minor league system that could replace Varitek. If Varitek leaves, they're scrambling, and most likely working to trade a good chunk of their farm system for a catcher from someone. Yes, Ortiz is their best hitter. Beckett's their best pitcher. But they could handle their losses. There just isn't much out there in the way of catchers. That's why the Yankees so grossly overpaid for Posada.

The Yankees are better stocked than most teams in minor league catching prospects, but none are ready yet.

Posted by: Stu [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 27, 2008 10:10 AM

Tek would make a hell of a BuC.

Posted by: SteveB [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 28, 2008 01:00 PM

Also, calling Cashman a hipster is like, not correct.

Posted by: SteveB [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 28, 2008 01:08 PM