Speaking Tuesday on ESPN New York, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he was “not surprised” about the positive PED tests for Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon.
ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand has the quotes:
“In Melky’s case, I think I said in the New York Times article, recently in June, they asked me about him, that when we traded him we had him as (a) low-end, every-day regular or an excellent fourth outfielder,” Cashman said. “And that shows where we thought his ceiling was. As you know, he was starting for us in the World Series, but we had him as a low-end, every-day guy, not a National League MVP candidate. So I wasn’t surprised.”
Because I’m usually really good at evaluating talent, you know.
“You see some spike in performance, you know,” Cashman said. “You hope it is not the case. You scratch your head and you wonder at the same time. But then you sit there and get a comfort level. Tests are taking place, but then over time when those tests fail, like they did. I think whenever you see someone, in Bartolo’s case, as well as he has done last year and then, as well, coming back this year, at his age, after coming back from this surgery, makes you scratch your head.”
Considering how many Yankees have experienced performance spikes and seemingly defied usual aging patterns, it’s no wonder Cashman spends so much time scratching his head.