Sweeny Murti On Brian Cashman Exchange: Question Was More About Future Than Past

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October 25, 2019 - 12:08 pm

There are no hard feelings, WFAN's Sweeny Murti said Friday, a day after he got into a slightly contentious exchange with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman

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In one of the more riveting moments of Thursday's end-of-season news conference, Cashman seemed to take offense to Murti's question about whether the Yankees' brass had any regrets about not being more aggressive in trying to land a few pitchers in recent years who are now starring in the World Series.

In setting up his question, Murti said that Cashman "passed on" Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Patrick Corbin, a phrase the GM didn't seem to care for.

"I didn't pass on them," Cashman shot back. 

Cashman argued that the Yankees couldn't fit Verlander's salary under the spending limits they had set. The general manager also noted that he made a free agent offer for Corbin and a trade offer for Cole but the Nationals and Astros, respectively, topped those proposals. 

Murti, who told Cashman they were arguing over "semantics," appeared as a guest on WFAN's "Benigno and Roberts" Friday to discuss the exchange.

"I guess the idea was that just using the phrase 'passing on' indiciated some level of professional negligence, and that's not what I was insinuating at all," Murti said. "I actually many times reported on the individual cases that we were talking about and the reasons the Yankees chose not to go down those roads, and they're all valid reasons in their own individual cases."


Murti said he also wasn't implying that lack of starting pitching was to blame for the team falling short of its World Series goal this season -- the Yankees' bats were the biggest thing that failed them, he said.

"Really, it's a question about ... with more elite pitching available this year, at probably a pretty high price, is there anything in your past that indicates maybe we need to go the extra mile this time?" Murti said. "It was not an indictment in any way on how they conducted business in the past."

Those top free agents this offseason include Cole, Madison Bumgarner and potentially Stephen Strasburg, if he opts out of his deal with the Nationals.

Murti said he didn't believe there was anything personal behind Cashman's reaction to his questioning.

"I've been fine with him in the past, and I'm sure I'm fine going forward," he said. 

To listen to Murti's interview with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, click on the audio player above.