So in case you haven't seen the recent transactions that have happened in the MLB, the Yankees have been all over the transaction wire. It started with Richie "I'm a big hitter but I can't hit big anymore" Sexson, and continued with Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte. Recently, the Yankees acquired Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for the disappointing righty, Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth had 43 strikeouts and 17 walks to go with a 3.66 ERA in 46 outings. The real question in the Bronx is why so active all of a sudden? Because Brian Cashman sees that his days are numbered, finally, under the new leadership of Hank Steinbrenner. Whether it's been taking shots at the terrible name of "Red Sox Nation" or forcing the move to starter for Joba Chamberlain, the Baby Boss has been trying to clean up the Yankees, a job that the boss couldn't do anymore because of his health, sadly. (And we all want you to get better, George, you're the best boss in sports. Other than Al Davis. Before he was too old to stick around). Anyways, Cashman sees that his job is on the line and that if the Yankees don't make the playoffs this season, he's gone. He's already got one foot out the door, and he's simply trying to make his 3rd place club make a run.
Cashman's job is possibly the easiest in all of sports. What could be better than having an owner who gives you all of the money you want so that you can go out into the market and get the best players available. The guy doesn't even have to worry about prospects for God's sake. In return of this freedom, he goes out and gets guys like Kevin Brown, Carl Pavano, Bobby Abreu, and Latroy Hawkins!? And what's more is that these guys weren't even good when he bought them! Under Cashman, the world has become more detestful toward the Yankees, and not given them the respect they deserve as being one of the premier franchises in all of sports. It's a total farce, and instead of giving the Bombers credit for winning 26 titles, the rest of the league looks at us as a team that buys our way out of our problems. What Cashman has done isn't entirely terrible, he's brought in ARod, he's kept some guys around who are worth the price like Jeter and Jorge Posada, who's still one of the best catchers in the game. But the ultimate factor is championships, and after 2001, excuse my french, but the Red Sox have kicked our ass in that department. It's not fair to the people of New York who go to the games who pay almost $200 a game, and $400 in the new ballpark, but also the fans, like myself, who ge ridiculed by every single Boston Red Sox fan while living on opposite sides of the nation from where these teams are located. Cashman's time is up in New York, and literally, anyone could do a better job than what he's done. For having a nonexistent limit in payroll and the opportunity to get whoever he wants, it's tragic. It really is. I know that I'm writing as a fan in this article, but the transactions that the Yankees are making right now are the moves of a desperate man clawing his nails on the floor so that the boss doesn't boot him out the door. You can't congratulate the Yankees for getting one of the best catchers ever in Pudge, and you cant' congratulate them for getting a solid hitter in Xavier Nady, because the man pulling the strings on this operation has overstayed his welcome, and is now doing whatever he can so he can keep making his millions so that he, nor his family, will have to work again in their lives. If the Yankees make any more moves today, July 31st the day of the trade deadline, you will know that what Peter Gammons or Buster Olney is telling you on ESPN, or how a great man calls it, RSPN (Red Sox Programming Network), is a lie, and in reality these guys don't have what it takes to call anyone out. They are obligated to spin everything as "well the Yankees needed a catcher/the Yankees need more offense to make up for Jorge Posada", when in reality, Cashman sees his career slipping away, and is trying to do anything to salvage it.