Yankees GM told Derek Jeter that he’d prefer “many others” over him at shortstop
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman may want to stay away from Yankee Stadium for the next…well probably forever. This is because according to reports via Sports Illustrated, back in 2010 when negotiations became heated between Derek Jeter and the Yanks, Cashman reportedly told The Captain, he’d rather have many other shortstops over him.
According to Sports Illustrated, Jeter, in the midst of talks after the 2010 season, asked Cashman whom he’d rather have playing shortstop for the Yankees.
Cashman’s answer: Troy Tulowitzki, among others.
“Do you really want me to answer that?” Cashman told Jeter, according to SI. “We’re not paying extra money for popularity. We’re paying for performance.”
Jeter was coming off a 2010 season in which he had 10 home runs, 67 RBIs and a then-career-low .270 batting average. Tulowitzki, meanwhile, was coming off another stellar season with the Colorado Rockies, belting 27 home runs with 95 RBIs and a .315 average.
While Cashman didn’t confirm or deny the report, he clearly insinuated he made such comments. And while it’s a tough pill to swallow, the long-time Yanks GM has a point.
Cashman told the New York Daily News on Wednesday that he didn’t provide any quotes from Jeter’s negotiations to Sports Illustrated but that he “didn’t confirm or deny” the report and didn’t take issue with it. He confirmed that SI spent time with him but also that the magazine talked to others and “did a lot of homework.”
And although Cashman said Jeter was the “greatest player I will have ever had,” the general manager told the Daily News that he still has a job to do and has no problem answering players’ questions “directly and honestly.”
“Sometimes honesty hurts. But if you’re being paid to do a job, do the job,” Cashman told Sports Illustrated. “You have to honor the job description; if not, you’re a fraud or stealing money. You can’t fake your way doing this. You either do it or you don’t.”
I’m going out on a limb with this thought, but I don’t think this is going to sit well with the Yankee faithful!