Cashman on Michael Pineda:

We certainly have high hopes for him, but in terms of planning and counting on him, it’s in everybody’s interest not to do that right now and just put together as deep and strong a staff as possible and be pleasantly surprised and appreciative if we can welcome him back to the fold at some point.

After Cashman made these recent comments, he exited the Yankees’ board room:

Hindsight is 20/20, but Montero/Pineda might end up being the single-worst move of the Cashman Adminstration — at least for what decisions we know Cashman has authority over. Torn shoulder labrums can be incredibly bad news for a pitcher, and it’s quite possible that Pineda never approaches the level Cashman envisioned. When the Yankees GM says he’ll be “pleasantly surprised and appreciative if we can welcome him back to the fold at some point,” that does not sound encouraging.

If any consolation, Jesus Montero was awful with Seattle in his rookie season:


*Played in 135 games, caught in 56 of them*

His OBP was abysmal. His walk rate was terrible. His power was nowhere to be found. He swung at nearly 40% of pitches thrown outside the strike zone (League average 29%). According to WAR, you could have replaced him with a Four-A scrub, and Seattle would have been better off.

But, he’s still only 22, tore through the minor leagues, and is physically capable of participating in a professional baseball game. He also plays in the hitter’s nightmare of Safeco Field, which hosted the worst run environment in MLB for 2012.

If he learns from his poor season and makes adjustments, Cashman might actually jump out a window. For now, he’s only peering at the ground below.