Buster Olney reports that the Yankees “have begun the process of constructing a new contract for longtime general manager Brian Cashman.” His expires after the season, and the Bombers want him back, it seems.
Not sure how I feel about that, actually. Cashman has long been a good GM, but is he the right GM for where the Yankees are and what they need? If your team is old and, it would seem, at the end of competitive arc, however long it has been, and now needs to build up talent in the system, do you stick with the guy whose system hasn’t developed a solid young position player since Robinson Cano?
I’m not saying Cashman should be fired or let go completely. The guy knows the organization well and can navigate all that a Yankees executive needs to navigate better than probably anyone. But I wonder if at this stage he shouldn’t be more of a team president or GM emeritus type as opposed to the guy tasked with what appears to be a necessary rebuild in the Bronx.
The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.
It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.
Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.
In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.