Hey, we tried to tell you 2.5 years ago, and you were probably on board with it. But the New York Yankees seemingly didn't get the memo because general manager Brian Cashman is back out here continuing to say whatever he wants.
After his crusade against the media -- something he clearly didn't prepare for whatsoever -- Cashman spoke to the New York Daily News about various topics, one of which was embattled Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
Cashman traded for Stanton after the 2017 season in what appeared to be a move to put the Yankees over the edge during their current window, but, in short order, the team expedited Stanton's transition to DH for reasons unknown and his body started to break down rather abruptly.
There's no debate about Stanton being accountable for his baseball abilities when he's healthy, but as for his injuries? The writing was on the wall. The Yankees knew his troubling history, having logged 150 or more games in a single season just twice from 2010-2017.
Didn't matter. That 2017 MVP season was all the Yankees were focused on. They didn't care Stanton's bat was redundant in a high-strikeout, low-contact lineup. And in a misplaced financial flex, they had no issue inheriting his $325 million contract, something the Marlins were eager to get off their books. Hmmm, wonder why.
That hasn't stopped Cashman from deflecting blame for the move, however, and his comments to the Daily News (subscription required) are proof of that.
Brian Cashman's comments about Giancarlo Stanton are enraging Yankees fans
What followed the ellipses? "Because it seems to be part of his game." Doesn't matter if he didn't mean anything by that. Cashman should know better when saying something like this to the New York media, but last week was proof that he no longer cares.
Stanton, truthfully, has suffered enough with media and fan criticism. He doesn't need it coming from inside the house now. And Cashman should know better, because this whole mess is his fault. He pursued Stanton, locked himself into that contract, refused to spend the following offseason when better fits were available, and has continued to let Stanton's money affect the Yankees' baseball decisions.
The sad part about this is that being injured has always been "part of Stanton's game" and it's not his fault. It's just what is. But Cashman trying to act as if this is an unforeseen issue that's now all of a sudden Stanton's doing is sad behavior from the leader of the baseball operations department. Even if there was a nefarious end game here to alienate Stanton so he'd request a trade, it isn't right.
Even fans who can no longer stomach Stanton's presence in this lineup don't agree with Cashman trying to point a finger here. He can blame injuries all he wants, but it was his doing to assemble a roster of one-sided, injury-prone players. Stanton was the start of it and Cashman's failed to learn from his many mistakes.
Can't wait to see who gets thrown under the bus next.