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“Better than some starting catchers, defensively, in the big leagues right now”

As far as the competition status heading into Spring Training:

It’s an indicator of who’s going to be the starting catcher. It’s going to be Russell Martin, period. Then after that, the back-up situation’s going to be open for discussion between [Francisco]  Cervelli, Montero, [Austin]  Romine, we’ll see. Or all of them. … They all could split time and get a little education in the process.

A glimpse into the Yankees “process” and rationale:

The bottom line is: Take the best player on the board. Andrew Brackman, in his case, the only reason he got to us is because of the knowledge that he had a ligament issue and was going to need Tommy John surgery. Nowadays, I think it’s an 88 to 92 percent success rate, so when you compare it to losing a year waiting for him, versus the other players, we chose Brackman. I don’t necessarily think patience has anything to do with it, other than you need patience to wait on these guys.

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Make it stop: The “Cashman’s trying to get fired” meme

Let’s start with the headline:

With Brian Cashman’s headline-filled offseason is Yankees GM trying to orchestrate a Bronx goodbye?

And into the nuts and bolts:

And there are people in baseball who wonder if Cashman has begun moving toward the door, if he really does want to go somewhere else and show the whole world that he is more a general manager than a money manager, that he doesn’t need to spend $200 million a year to build winning baseball teams.

“...there are people in baseball…” ARRRGH.  “There are people in baseball” is among the most commonly used crutches to hide behind a flimsy source who just wants to rant over a beverage. Just stop it, already. Please, I am begging you.

Lupica goes on to compare Cashman’s off-season to George Costanza’s attempt to get fired by George Steinbrenner during an episode of “Seinfeld.” I had to stop myself from quoting any more since trying to FJM another of Lupica’s facepalms is not in my schedule today.…

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