Brian Cashman's wacky 2010-11 offseason
Brian Cashman's 2010-11 offseason was very different from past years. Just how different? Take a little trip down memory lane and judge for yourself.
Compiled by Anthony Castellano
NOVEMBER 2010: JETER TALKS GET UGLY
Brian Cashman used the media to trade barbs with iconic Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his agent Casey Close. At one point, an agitated Cashman said Jeter was welcome to shop around for a better offer if he could find one. Cashman 1, Jeter 0.
DEC. 3, 2010: CASHMAN SIGNS MO, TAKES SHOT AT JETER
The Yankees agree on a to a two-year, $30-million deal with closer Mariano Rivera. This becomes one of the easiest signings of Cashman's offseason. In January, Cashman says Rivera is the greatest Yankee he has ever seen. Cashman 2, Jeter 0. Ouch.
DEC. 5, 2010: CASHMAN RAPPELS DOWN BUILDING
The usually reserved Yankees general manager traded his three-piece suit for a green elf costume and rappelled down a 350-foot building in Connecticut as part of Stamford, Conn.'s annual Heights and Lights event. During a practice run, Cashman even wore a bandana topped with a brown wig of spiked and blond-highlighted hair.
DEC. 7, 2010: CASHMAN, JETER AGREE
After a month of trading barbs in the media, Cashman and Derek Jeter finally agreed on a four-year, $56-million deal, with the fourth year as an $8-million player option against a $3-million buyout. It's a clean sweep: Cashman 3, Jeter 0.
DEC. 14, 2010: LEE SNUBS YANKEES
This offseason, the biggest free agent prize was lefty ace Cliff Lee. Everyone assumed the Yankees would not be outbid, but no one could have guessed Lee would spurn Cashman's seven-year offer to sign with the Phillies for fewer years and less money. It was a rare defeat for Cashman on a big-name free agent.
DEC. 15, 2010: MARTIN SIGNED; WHAT ABOUT POSADA?
Cashman signed Russell Martin to a one-year, $4 million contract one day after Cliff Lee joined the Phillies. The signing leaves most Yankee fans wondering "is this how the Yankees respond to losing Cliff Lee?" Later in the offseason, Cashman announces that Martin will be the Yankees' starting catcher and Jorge Posada will be the primary DH. It's a puzzling move considering the Yankees already have three of the best catching prospects in the majors, Jesus Montero, Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine.
JAN. 12, 2011: CASH, PETTITTE HAVE MISUNDERSTANDING
Cashman gives an interview from the owners' meetings in Arizona in which he indicated that Andy Pettitte had decided to sit out the start of the 2011 season. Pettitte denies that implication; "Nothing has changed,” he said in a text message to Newsday. Pettitte later said he used a “poor choice of words” in a conversation with Cashman to give him that idea that he was retiring.
JAN. 14, 2011: JOBA IS NOT THE SAME
After Rafael Soriano agreed to a three-year deal with the Yankees, questions about Joba Chamberlain's future with the club arose. Cashman said Joba will still pitch out of the pen, but turned some heads when he added that Chamberlain has not been the same pitcher since an injury in 2008.
JAN. 19, 2011: STEINBRENNERS MADE ME DO IT
At a news conference to introduce new Rafael Soriano, Brian Cashman admitted that he was against signing the setup man, but was overruled by Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner. The signing came a week after Cashman took a very public stance, stating he would not give up the 31st pick in the June draft for any player on the free-agent market other than Cliff Lee. Speculation follows that there is dissension in the Yankee front office.
JAN. 19, 2011: "DON'T 'BRETT FAVRE' US"
Cashman speaks at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Connecticut and tells Pettitte through the media not to “Brett Favre” the Yankees. According to Cashman, that means he only wants Pettitte to play if his heart is in the right place. In other news, Favre is still retired.
JAN. 19, 2011: RETURN OF 'AMERICAN IDLE'?
Cashman finished a hectic day by telling reporters he actually had discussed bringing back Carl Pavano -- the same Carl Pavano who appeared in just 26 games in four seasons for the Yankees, earning the nickname "American Idle." Cashman added the talks didn't go far, thus saving many Yankee fans from a heart attack. Pavano eventually re-signed with the Twins.
JAN. 20, 2011: ANOTHER INJURY-PRONE STAR
Cashman signs Andruw Jones to a one-year, $2 million deal to be the Yankees' fourth outfielder. Jones, 33, had a great career in Atlanta, but has not been a key contributor on an MLB team since 2007 due to injuries. Fans wince as they think of the 2010 Nick Johnson signing.
JAN. 24, 2011: JETER TO OF? RED SOX ARE BETTER???
Just when it seemed Cashman and Jeter were playing nice again, Cashman opened his mouth on Mike Francesa's WFAN show. During a Q&A with fans, Cashman answered a question about which position Jeter would play if he was someday unable to play shortstop. Cash said "outfield" and set off a firestorm that all of the water in the Long Island Sound could not extinguish. Cashman also admitted the Red Sox are a better team on paper than the Yankees.
JAN. 26, 2011: CASH BAR
As part of a prostate cancer awareness apperance, Cashman works the taps at a Manhattan bar. Oddly, Cashman dons the very same bandana and spiky wig from his rappelling adventure in December. After an offseason like his, maybe a bar is the best place for him.