Yankees general manager Brian Cashman joined The Score in Chicago on Saturday morning, and was asked to grade his team’s offseason up to this point.
New York’s offseason resume includes landing the biggest free agent on the market, which they accomplished by bringing back Aaron Judge on a $360 million deal, and grabbing one of the top pitchers on the market in Carlos Rodon. The Yanks also brought back Anthony Rizzo and reunited with Tommy Kahnle, though two positions that many would consider in need of an upgrade in left field and shortstop have yet to be addressed.
But Cashman can only give himself an incomplete, because nobody in New York will bother giving the Yankees any grade until their 2023 fate is decided.
“Well, New York's a tough grading system,” Cashman said. “The only way you get an A is if you finish with that trophy in hand, otherwise you get an F, there's nothing in between. So it remains to be seen.”
Cashman continued his explanation of the toughness of New York, and the heightened expectations that come along with being one of the faces of the Yankees, and recognizes that the team will only be measured by championships, whether it’s fair or not.
“It was funny, I was just talking to Omar Minaya, one of my special assistants,” Cashman said. “Last night, we're having a little dinner and I was talking with him and my son, Teddy and we were talking about how the season ended.
I was like, ‘Where did, how far did we get? We got knocked out in the first or second round?’ Omar was talking me about it today, he was like, ‘Man, you guys are in it so much that you can’t remember what happened?’
“I'm like, ‘Well, you know, to be quite honest, Omar, the truth was in the end, we were four games short of a World Series appearance, but it felt like the way our fanbase reacted and the press that we got knocked out in the first round. So you can't really remember sometimes reality versus the perception, and the perception was we didn't do well. The reality was we had a hell of another run at it but, but fell short. But that’s just the New York market.”
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