Brian Cashman is well aware that there is plenty to fix this offseason after the New York Yankees missed the postseason for the first time since 2016.
The Yankees general manager, however, is struggling with what to do about outfielder Giancarlo Stanton
— who he said is bound to get hurt at some point next season. In his eyes, thats just who Stanton is now.
“We try to limit the time he’s down,” Cashman said at the general manager meetings in Arizona, according to the New York Daily News
. “But Im not gonna tell you he’s gonna play every game next year because he’s not. He’s going to wind up getting hurt again more likely than not because it seems to be part of his game.”
Stantons agent, Joel Wolfe, responded to those comments Tuesday, making a veiled threat about free agents thinking carefully about whether they should join the Yankees.
Giancarlo Stanton’s agent, Joel Wolfe, responds below to Yankees GM Brian Cashman saying of Stanton, “He’s going to wind up getting hurt again more likely than not because it seems to be part of his game.”
pic./gZHlqy4cfY— Ken Rosenthal (Ken_Rosenthal) November 14, 2023Wolfes inclusion of foreign players is notable, as Wolfe also represents Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto. The Yankees are rumored to be interested in signing Yamamoto this offseason.
Stanton held a career-low .191 batting average with 24 home runs and 60 RBI last season while playing in just 101 games due to a hamstring injury he sustained early in the season. He played in just 110 games during the 2022 season, where he picked up his fifth All-Star nod, due to calf and Achilles injuries.
The former NL MVP has had a number of lower body injuries since he won that award in 2017. He played in just 18 games during the 2019 campaign with a bicep strain and MCL injury, and then played in just 23 games during the shortened 2020 season with a hamstring injury.
Giancarlo Stanton has missed at least 20 games in each of the past five seasons due to injuries, and missed 61 last season for the Yankees. (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
(Sarah Stier via Getty Images)It’s not just a history of his injuries that’s concerning for Cashman and the Yankees, but also how slow Stanton has been both running the bases and in the outfield at times. There was a play in August during a game against the
Houston Astros where Stanton looked like he wasn’t trying hard at all to reach the plate, and was easily thrown out at home.
Giancarlo Stanton runs like your uncle who refuses to stop playing slow pitch softball pic./LUUc7Py4W6
— Jomboy Media (JomboyMedia) August 5, 2023“It’s been something that we’ve been working through and working on for a long time without the results that we want,” Cashman said of Stanton. “So I don’t have an answer to that. I know he’s frustrated by it. We know he’s certainly better than what we saw last year.”
Though Stanton struggled at the plate last season, both he and Cashman seemed hopeful that he can fix his batting issues this offseason. If they can figure that out, Cashman said, they’ll be fine regardless of if — or, rather when — Stanton gets hurt again.
“I know that when he’s right and healthy, other than this past year, the guy’s a great hitter and has been for a long time,” he said.