SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman doesn’t buy into the buzz that the Yankees signing Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million contract is a sign the free-spending habits of yesterday have returned.
“I always thought that was a false narrative. We have been an aggressive franchise for what seems forever under the Steinbrenner family,’’ Cashman said Wednesday, a day after the record-setting deal was completed but not officially announced. “We have been among the highest payroll teams on a year-in-and-year-out basis and one of the best teams year-in and year-out competing for a championship. All those boxes get checked and I think they are false narratives and easy things that fall into that just aren’t true.’’
Cashman noted the use of lesser trades that delivered Mike Tauchman and Luke Voit, and the system to get Didi Gregorius to replace Derek Jeter, and acknowledged the Yankees have the financial wherewithal if needed.
“We are just using every tool in the toolbox, not just the big hammer but it does not mean the big hammer is not available,’’ said Cashman, who used the biggest hammer to get Cole.
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