1. Optioning Ron Marinaccio/Clarke Schmidt, Trading Monty
If Cashman’s decisions on the pitching front didn’t indicate the Yankees were waving the white flag in August, then the only other explanation is that they’re the dumbest roster moves known to man.
Despite an exhausted/struggling bullpen, Cashman optioned two of the most effective relievers in Ron Marinaccio and Clarke Schmidt for … reasons unknown (well, at least Schmidt is supposedly being built up to be a starter, but the Yankees are only doing that because of another bad trade).
What’s happened since? The bullpen continues to blow saves and cost this team games. In fact, it’s cost them SEVEN games since July 31. Seven!
Then you have the Jordan Montgomery/Bader trade, which, we cannot stress enough, was the most deflating deadline deal in recent Yankees history. After acquiring Benintendi, Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino and Scott Effross, Cashman subtracted from the most valuable aspect of the roster and didn’t have a contingency plan in place. Oh wait, he did. It was Domingo German, who, admittedly, hasn’t been bad, but is far from “the answer.”
Thankfully, the rotation’s largely been good without Monty, but the left-hander is also dominating in St. Louis (0 ER in his first 11 IP) … so, yeah, it’d be nice to have that instead of Bader in a walking boot as fans sit here hoping they never have to see Hicks start again. Plus, it’s not the best when the players don’t exactly agree with the decision to blindside one of your homegrown talents with a last-second trade. Morale killer. No pulse on the locker room. That’s Cashman.
You cannot convince anybody that there’s logic behind any of this because all of it has done nothing but make the Yankees drastically worse and further exploit their weaknesses. We’ve been telling you for a while that the 2021 problems have been here all along.
It just took a few boneheaded moves from Cashman to re-awaken them.