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Too Old? Cashman, Yankees Fire Back At Cliff Lee

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Who are you calling old?

Cliff Lee fired a shot at the Yankees during a WIP radio interview last week, saying the reason he didn’t sign with New York was because “some of the Yankee guys are getting older.”

Brian Cashman took exception to the 32-year old’s dig.

“Some of our core guys that we have relied on have gotten up there, but we have a group of young players that we’re excited about,” Cashman said. “All we care about is being called champions. You can say anything else you want about us. When you call us old, that’s fine.”

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At the core of the Yankees’ age issue are their superstars — Derek Jeter is 36, Alex Rodriguez (35), Mariano Rivera (41) and Jorge Posada (39). Dig a little deeper and you’ll see the Yankees’ problems aren’t quite so bad.

New York could start to think about transitioning Jeter from shortstop to make room for Eduardo Nunez, a Triple-A All-Star who hit .289 with four homers and 50 RBIs at Scranton-Wilkes-Barre.

Posada is due $13.1 million in 2011, the final season of a $52.4 million, four-year deal. But behind him and Russell Martin, 28, is 23-year old Jesus Montero, a Triple-A All-Star. He batted .289 at Scranton with 21 homers, 75 RBIs and a .517 slugging percentage.

Posada wants Lee to hear him loud and clear: “Not in our mind, not in here.”

The Yankees also have key stars in their prime. Mark Teixeira (30), Robinson Cano (28) and CC Sabathia (30) surely aren’t “getting older.” At least not yet.


“I think we’ve got a lot of veterans and we’ve got a lot of young guys. You look around the infield — Tex is pretty young, Cano is pretty young, and you’ve got Russell is pretty young still,” Posada said. “You’re going to see some veterans, but that’s every team.”

Cashman still has the Yankees chasing high-priced superstars, but the age he’s signing them at is getting lower — as is the age he’s letting them walk.

“Clearly I’ve made an effort to make the team younger,” said Cashman.

Cashman let Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui go, even when fans were clamoring for their returns. Yankee faithful were also begging for Lee.

“It doesn’t really matter,” Cashman said. “It was a marriage that was not meant to be. That’s life.”

What do you think of Lee’s comments? Below the belt? Sound off below!

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  1. splashimage says:

    Frankly, who cares as long as we win. Cliff needed some reason to turn down more money with the winningest franchise in history. We have veterans that provide stability for the younger players to hone their talents around. I want the Championship!

  2. Broncobilly says:

    Hey cliff ignorance is bliss so I guess your blisted the wrong move is made like 40s in the ghetto your cap is quickly twisted.and just in case the first time u missed it the wrong move is made like 40s in the ghetto your cap is quickly twisted.

  3. BOB says:


  4. dabooch says:

    Cliff has been trying to win a World Series since he was 30, Yankees and Giants sent him packing. Ah time is ticking, this malla-ochio will bring his evil eye to the city of brotherly love next and the Phillies are about in is as good of shape as one Lenny Dykstra’s bankrupt bank account.

  5. Josh says:

    Age is relative. The Yanks have some veterans, no doubt. But the Phillies will have only 1 position player under 30 this year and that’s RF Dominic Brown. Of their starters, only Cole Hamels is under 30 and he is injury prone. Ryan Madson is now 30 and closer Brad Lidge is now 34. I would take 41-yr old Mariano Rivera over Lidge any day.
    When push comes to shove, expect the Phillies to choke!

  6. Yanksphils says:

    Yes Yankees are old.. they are 27 and going on 28,.. how about Phillies.. 2 is it???

  7. Miller says:

    Cliff is right

  8. Barbara Russell says:

    Let’s just “show” Lee how very wrong he is – let’s win the WS this year – Go Yankees!
    PS I still maintain Damon should be a Yankee!

  9. Trish says:

    He’s just looking for a ring to put on his finger that’s all and the “Old Guys” he mentioned have plenty of those to show.

    1. Hector says:

      well said, and one of those rings the “old guys” have was against his current team. It take 25 players to win, not just one. He experience that in ’09 when the “old guys” celebrated as he watched across from the dugout. .

  10. stevedg says:

    Weird about the NYC comments. I don’t live there, but never worry much about walking around from concerts or sports late at night. Last time I was in Philly, couldn’t say the same- that place scares me. Also, seems like when their teams win, they riot in the streets, can’t say the same about NYC.
    City of Brotherly Love, yeah, right!

  11. dico j. says:

    The Phillies are the Miami Heat of baseball…They can’t lose enough.

  12. Dan says:

    I really enjoy the lack of class my the posters. Nothing but shining examples of the NYC’s best and brightest minds.

    1. Johnny Wang says:

      first you need to re-educated yourself to correct your grammar. “I really enjoy the lack of class my the posters”

      What did you mean to say? You seem to stutter when you write. Best & brightest does not fit you. Dumb & dumb@ss does.

  13. George39 says:

    Hey Cliff, you think your wife got it bad last time in the Bronx?? Wait till next time😉
    I hope you tear a rotator!

    1. Sean says:

      typical idiot of a yankee fan. i hope you trip off a curb and fracture your ankle, ya moron. but really, just kidding; anyone wishing injury on someone DESERVES to be a yankee fan, and i thank myself every day for not being one. oh wait, let me save you the trouble, you have a million championships?! hmmmm, PAYROLL??? Your organization may have class, but you sir, lack it completely.

      1. dico j. says:

        The Yankees have been buying championships since 1923……What’s your point?

  14. Tom says:

    The Phillies will regret signing Lee, bank it!!🙂

  15. DP says:

    I am so glad the Yanks did not sign Lee… did you see what the weak hitting Giants did to him in the World Series….he is great but a 4 year deal was too long for that guy..I think he will be a bust

  16. JM says:

    Yanks are getting old? Hey Cliff Lee, how’s your old, creaky back feeling?

  17. Johnny says:

    Lee is from the Ozarks Mountains, they don’t know how to add well. He added the total age of the Yankees players instead of coming up with the total average age.

    Its like when he counts his chickens, 2 plus 4 equals 5 chickens or it is 10, aw jeez. Jeb, how many pigs dous we have.

    1. The Critic says:

      Who writes your jokes? The “Situation”?

      1. Johnny says:

        like the great Richard Pryor would say, “no, your mama” “and she writes for & rides everyone”

  18. T-bone says:

    You can’t blame him for leaving the Yanks with the bag after what their fans did to his wife. It’s that kind of mentality that made me leave the city I grew up in, as well. It’s not a town for decent people anymore. (And I’m sure your responses to my post will prove this.)

    1. DP says:

      T Bone..stop being such a f*cking drama queen….so what you are saying is that one guys post is a reflection of the whole NYC population???

      I live here and agree times have changed…but there are still more great people in this town than there are the type you speak of…

  19. Nik says:

    I’m a Mets fan and can’t stand the evil empire, but that said, Cliff Lee is a little girl who’s too scared to play in NYC. If you haven’t won a title here, you haven’t really won one.

    As far as the old comment, how’s your back grandpa?

  20. Truth says:

    as long as they get the job done. They can also teach the younger kids in the club house

  21. jan says:

    So Lee is going to be 33 this year. According to his own remarks, he’s over the hill too. Thank God we didn’t sign him!

  22. Dominick Mezzapesa says:

    It’s not a question if they are old…they are but, you also have to look at when these guys are signed through as well when their contract is over. If they are old now and still have 2-4 years left on their contracts what do we call them then? Ancient?

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