Cashman discusses Eppler’s Joba admission

Yesterday, Steve pointed to an interesting WFAN interview from Saturday, in which the Yankees’ director of professional scouting, Billy Eppler, discussed Joba Chamberlain’s future as a pitcher. To the dismay of many – myself included – in the interview, Eppler basically stated that Joba would remain a reliever in 2011, rather than transition back to the starting rotation. Luckily,’s Bryan Hoch caught up with Yankees GM, Brian Cashman, to discuss Eppler’s comments, and he seemed to indicate that Eppler was offering a personal opinion – his perspective on what Joba’s future should look like – not a plan of action that had already been agreed upon by those within the organization.

“We haven’t had any team meeting and said, ‘He’s a reliever for the rest of his life,’” said Cashman, claiming that the Eppler interview was an example of the “healthy dialogue going on behind the scenes” regarding Joba’s role. “Billy’s good,” Cashman added, “He’s been an asset and he’s going to continue to be an asset… Although, at times, I might disagree with his opinion, he makes us better. I want him to be out there talking to you guys as much as he can. I don’t want him shying away from his opinion.” Note Cashman’s repeated use of the word opinion here. He is trying to frame Eppler’s comments as such, though it did seem as if Eppler was speaking for the club at the time of his interview.

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3 thoughts on “Cashman discusses Eppler’s Joba admission

  1. Why is so much being made of these comments? Eppler isn’t one of the guys who has much (if any) say over what happens to Joba past, present, or future. Cashman is usually a straight shooter when it comes to this kind of stuff as is Girardi. I’ll take their word on this.

  2. The way I see it, Cashman wants Joba as a starter and Girardi wants Joba as a reliever. Not sure if anyone is reading the same tea leaves as i am from all comments coming from the Yankees.

    I remember max kellermen believed that was the case in 2008. I think cashman does want joba to be a starter but I don’t think it’s as strong as it was yrs ago. It seems like he wants joba to show and prove