Yankees: Brian Cashman calls out opposing GMs for demands at trade deadline

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - MARCH 12: New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - MARCH 12: New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed other teams were asking for too much.

Fans gave the New York Yankees a lot of grief on Monday after the team failed to make a single trade ahead of Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline (and no, we’re not counting the acquisition of Rob Brantly last week).

But, as usual, we speculated rival general managers were perhaps asking too much of the Yankees, which is something we’ve seen in previous years. Well, guess what? Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed that when speaking to the media on Monday.

Cashman is an extremely shrewd GM who has never surrendered an excessive amount for a player or package of players in a trade, so when he says something like this, it’s important to listen.

He’s got a point. When the deadline was over and reports surfaced later in the evening, it was revealed both the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers wanted two of Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt in any trade involving Mike Clevinger or Lance Lynn. That’s a steep ask, but the fact they couldn’t be talked down from that or negotiate further just proves other teams try and stick it to the Yankees when discussing trades.

Nobody wants to be the team that turns the Bombers into a dynasty again and no rival GM wants to lose out in a deal with Cashman. For some reason it stings more because of the Yankees’ (and Cashman’s) reputation.

No need to worry, though. If not for another round of near record-setting injuries, the Yankees would be running away with the shortened 2020 season, but bad luck has held this team back for three straight years now (and four if you count the 2017 ALCS in which the Houston Astros cheated).

This Yankees roster, even stripped down to its bare bones, is still better than most starting lineups out there. The team just needs to avoid managerial mistakes and insufferable offensive droughts to stay afloat as the rest of the key contributors and stars recover from injuries.

Don’t sweat it, Yankees fans. Hopefully the injuries sort themselves out so we can prove to everyone else who think they can outsmart the best GM in the game that they’re just wasting their time. Ain’t gonna happen. Definitely not gonna happen during a shortened 60-game season in which the value of all these players should be significantly lower.

Nice try, though.