New York Yankees: Jeremy Bonderman

Cashman: Master of the non-denial denial

January, 5, 2011
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Yankee GM Brian Cashman has a very specific method of communicating with the media that involves a unique mixture of absolute honesty and skillful evasion. In my experience, the GM never volunteers anything but in his own way, always tells the truth as long as you understand how to decipher his words

In the case of free-agent pitcher Jeremy Bonderman, my text exchange with Cashman leads me to believe the Yankees are interested in the injury-plagued right-hander and might even be actively pursuing him, as reported in several media outlets Tuesday night. Early Wednesday morning, I texted Cashman "R u pursuing Bonderman?''

He did not respond for an hour, unusual for a man who often answers texts within seconds of receiving them. So I tried again: "Am I to take your silence as a no? Or a no comment?''

That garnered an immediate response. "Talked to everyone.''

So I followed up, "OK. R u pursuing Bonderman?''

Another lightning quick response: "Wouldn't say who I have interest in.''

Considering the fact that Cashman has had no problem all off-season telling me in no uncertain terms who he was not interested in, the most notable being Carl Crawford, there is really only one way to interpret his answer on Bonderman.

In this case, what might appear to be a "no'' is more likely a "yes.'' Stay tuned.

Yanks reportedly interested in Bonderman

January, 5, 2011
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While it's just hearsay and speculation at this point, it should be no surprise that the Yanks are looking at pitchers like Jeremy Bonderman. I am already on record that the team should be doing the same with Brad Penny and/or Freddy Garcia. Bonderman is going to be a low-cost, low-risk, medium upside sort of pitcher the Yanks should be taking a flier on. Just like Mark Prior.

At worst, Bonderman, 27, doesn't make the team or becomes another swingman like Sergio Mitre. At best, he will be league average. Because let's face it, the Jeremy Bonderman of 2006 ain't walking back through these doors anytime soon.

Have a gander at his 2006 line. He made 34 starts with almost a K per IP, a HR/9 below one, a K:BB ratio solidly over three and a WHIP below 1.300. He hasn't come close to those numbers since. This will not happen again anytime soon, unfortunately. The injuries to his shoulder, possibly due to so many innings at such a young age, have sapped enough from Bonderman to safely guess that his power and his ability to rack up strikeouts at a high rate are long gone.

That said, he's well worth a flier. Just in case I'm flat-out wrong. Which would be fine with me.

Jason Rosenberg is the founder and lead writer of the ESPN-affiliated SweetSpot Network site, It’s About The Money. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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