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Brian Cashman Breaks Silence, Says It’s Time For A “Fresh And New Voice” To Lead Yankees

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During an hour-long conference call on Monday afternoon, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made his first public comments since it was announced Joe Girardi wouldn’t be returning for an 11th season as manager of the team.

Girardi, 53, led the Yankees to six playoff appearances, four league championships, one World Series title, and an average of exactly 91 wins per season during his 10-year run as skipper.

According to Cashman, it was a “very difficult, challenging decision” to move on from Girardi.

“It was something that I thought long and hard about,” said Cashman. “Ten years is a long period of time in a particular job, which is manager of the New York Yankees. I think managing a Major League Baseball team is extremely challenging and difficult. Years ago, when I was forced to find a candidate to replace Joe Torre, I couldn’t have found a better one than Joe Girardi.”

The Yankees are currently the only team in baseball without a manager, and Cashman admitted he’s not the type to keep a strong list prepared.

“I never carry around a list. I do hear about and do know about other people that carry lists just in case. I’ve never operated that way. That’s a waste of time, particularly in this city that we work in. There’s so much going on that I don’t have time to carry around a list of who I’d like to deal with or work with.”

Despite Girardi’s success, the 50-year-old Cashman ultimately thought moving on would be the best option.

“I thought it was in our best interests to open this opportunity up to others to get a fresh and new voice. It might not be a different approach. I think the thought process behind our decisions will serve us best as we change that voice, despite walking away from somebody that we have a great deal of respect and appreciation for.”

Before the conference call came to an end, Cashman cleared the air on any misconceptions regarding his relationship with Girardi.

“I’ve seen a lot of things that talked about, my relationship with Joe wasn’t good. That’s not true. It was extremely good. I’ve seen a lot of things talking about, Joe wasn’t as analytical as we wanted him to be. I would say that’s not accurate either.”

According to MLB.com, Cashman listed “in-game decision making, prep work, open-mindedness to pro scouts, player-development recommendations, analytical suggestions, performance science, the medical side and being open and honest with the media” as plus-attributes for the next manager.

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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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