When A-Rod’s calling you out, then that’s when it’s obvious you’ve screwed up big time. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, step on down! Here’s how you’ve contributed to killing the 2022 roster, which is now performing like one of the worst in the league.
The Yankees are 8-16 since the All-Star break and 2-10 since the trade deadline. Is that good? The only reason this situation isn’t worse is because the Blue Jays and Rays can’t string together wins to save their lives. Otherwise, the Yankees would be in a lot more trouble at this juncture.
The offense isn’t scoring and the bullpen isn’t holding leads. That’s resulted in far too many quality starts to count being totally wasted. This roster was not built to absorb injuries or significant role changes. The precious Cashman/Yankees puzzle needs to be totally perfect for this team to operate like a productive baseball team.
That’s not a recipe for winning, and it never has been. Somehow, Cashman hasn’t learned since taking over as GM in 1998. He’s captured one World Series as the main architect of the roster (2009, when George Steinbrenner signed off on spending $500 million that offseason) and has overseen some of the worst shortcomings in franchise history.
In 2022, he’s done it again. This was the best team in baseball about a month ago. They now have the fourth-best record, lost their stranglehold on the AL lead over the Astros (Houston leads by 2.5 games now) and look more lost than anyone could’ve imagined. Care to know why?
3 midseason Brian Cashman decisions that have ruined the 2022 Yankees
3. Not Trading Miguel Andújar
One thing Cashman and the front office haven’t understood for years is the human element of the game. This organization has watched Miguel Andújar fall dramatically from the pinnacle he reached in 2018. The man has requested a trade twice now. He’s become a Triple-A legend when he should be playing at the MLB level somewhere.
But Cashman refused to fulfill the very reasonable request and Andújar is still with the team … contributing nothing. He has no role here. He hasn’t ever since Gio Urshela took his third base job. So what are we doing? He doesn’t want to be here! How is he supposed to play well?
Because of the Yankees’ poor depth and unwillingness to call up young players, Andújar’s been tasked with filling a roster void at the big-league level due to injuries. He’s provided zero impact for years now but … for some reason this is the move the Yankees think will keep them afloat throughout the dog days of August.
In 15 at-bats since returning for the first time since July 2nd, Andújar is 4-for-15 (OK, not bad) with four of the weakest singles you’ll ever see. He hasn’t scored a run. He hasn’t recorded a walk. He’s struck out six times.
How does putting him at DH help this lineup? It doesn’t! Why does Marwin Gonzalez have nine plate appearances since July 24? SOMEBODY EXPLAIN. Andújar was optioned this week in a roster shuffle, but the point remains: he doesn’t want to be here, he doesn’t fit here, so he shouldn’t be here.