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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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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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