The amount of New York Yankees fans that want to see Josh Donaldson back in pinstripes can likely be counted on one hand. General manager Brian Cashman does not care.
Cashman defended the embattled third baseman, saying that Donaldson will be starting at the hot corner in 2023. He lauded Donaldson’s defense and said that he feels that there is a lot more left in the bat than he showed in 2022.
New York Yankees refuse to move on from Josh Donaldson
It is difficult to see why Cashman is still on the Donaldson bandwagon. He had posted a disappointing .222/.308/.374 batting line in his 546 plate appearances, hitting 15 homers and 28 doubles. His expected numbers were actually worst, as Statcast projected Donaldson to produce a .215/.299/.370 batting line for the season.
At the same time, all of his other metrics with the batted ball took a step back. While he still had above average exit velocity, hard hit and barrel rates, he simply was not doing as much damage. As Donaldson will be 37 years old next year, it is difficult to imagine that changing.
Cashman was accurate in one area of his statements. Donaldson did have a strong season with the glove, saving eight runs defensively while leading all American League third basemen in range factor. The Yankees were able to get their money’s worth in one area.
One could not expect to say that Donaldson was a disaster, especially if there are behind the scenes efforts to trade him away. The Yankees are going to pump him up as much as possible to attempt to facilitate a trade, pointing out his excellent glove work and the fact that he was still hitting the ball relatively hard.
The problem is that these comments are par for the course with Cashman. He is constantly looking for a silver lining to justify his moves, refusing to accept responsibility for his mistakes. That lack of accountability and excuse making will continue to leave the Yankees short of their goal – winning another championship. It is enough to make a Yankees fan sick.
According to Brian Cashman, Josh Donaldson will be the New York Yankees starting third baseman in 2023. It is enough to make a fan want to puke.