Brian Cashman went on ESPN Radio yesterday, where he was asked about the recent failed drug tests of former Yankees Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon. Cashman said that he was not surprised by the developments, and went on to elaborate a little bit more on both players:
“You see some spike in performance,” Cashman said. “You hope it’s not the case, but you scratch your head and you wonder at the same time. But then you sit there and get a comfort level: Tests are taking place, so if people are passing their tests …
“In Bartolo’s case, as well as he has done last year as well through this year, at his age, after coming back from that surgery, makes you scratch your head.”
“When we traded [Melky] to Atlanta we had him as a low-end, everyday regular or an excellent fourth outfielder,” Cashman said of Cabrera. “And that’s how we shows where we thought his ceiling was. As you know, he was starting for us in the World Series, but we had him as a low-end, everyday guy, not a National League MVP candidate. So I wasn’t surprised.”
I suppose these comments are pretty pedestrian, especially by the standard Cashman has previously set for himself when he talks to reporters, but as is usually the case when Cashman opines on players, I really don’t understand what has been accomplished by the frankness he exhibits here. Neither Colon nor Cabrera are Yankees anymore, obviously, and neither likely will be again, but I would imagine they still have friends in the clubhouse, and people tend to not like it when you slag on their friends. Melky, in particular, is close to both Robinson Cano, Cashman’s best player, and Alex Rodriguez, whom Melky trained with after the Braves released him and recommended that the Yankees re-sign their former fourth outfielder before the 2011 season. I wonder what A-Rod thinks about Cashman saying that what we saw in 2009 was Melky’s ceiling. As for Colon, Cashman didn’t seem to mind Big Bart’s resurgence last season after having that revolutionary stem cell procedure, and he may be begging the question a little bit here. Is the Yankees’ general manager scratching his head over Eric Chavez‘s sudden run of productivity and good health as well?
So yeah, once again I come away thinking Cashman would do well to stop going on the radio altogether, or at least to take some media relations advice from Derek Jeter or something. Continue reading Cashman “not surprised” by Colon, Cabrera tests