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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Brian Cashman strikes out on Gleyber Torres in 2013, then trades Aroldis Chapman to make up for that failure.

Bash Cash? What again? Cashman is the incompetent who keeps on giving.

Yankees Trade All-Star Closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs
By BILLY WITZ JULY 25, 2016 The New York Times

The Yankees, with their enormous payroll and appetite for winning now, are not in the habit of trading away star players at their peak. But they did so Monday, sending closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for a four-player package centered on the 19-year-old shortstop Gleyber Torres...

The main attraction for the Yankees was Torres, a Venezuelan who signed with the Cubs for $1.7 million in 2013 and hit .293 as the youngest player in the low Class A Midwest League last year. This season, he was hitting .275, with nine home runs, 47 R.B.I. and a .791 on-base plus slugging percentage, in the high-Class A Carolina League.

Cashman said the Yankees coveted Torres three years ago, calling him the premier international free agent at the time. Cashman added that he was “disappointed we swung and missed; he was definitely a target for us.”

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Say what? Cashman probably threw that in to make his trading of Chapman for one major league pitcher and three prospects sound more plausible. But it raises the obvious question of why Cashman failed to sign the international free agent in 2013 and let the Cubs outbid the Yankees by offering $1.7 million. The Yankees couldn't afford that or was Cashman too inept yet again? Either way, it's another failure by Cashman.

Had Cashman already signed Torres, then he could have traded Chapman for other "assets", the current word for those, like Micheal Kay, trying to sound like they know stuff the rest of us don't.

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