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Every New York Team Infested With People Adept At Fakery

"Now, if that's a fact, tell me, am I lying?"

New York Yankees general manager boastfully admitted on Thursday that the team feigned interest in then free agent Carl Crawford last offseason for the sole purpose of driving up the exorbitant price it would ultimately cost the rival Boston Red Sox to sign the former Rays outfielder (7 years, $142 million).

Via ESPN New York:

“I actually had dinner with the agent to pretend that we were actually involved and drive the price up,” Cashman said. “The outfield wasn’t an area of need, but everybody kept writing Crawford, Crawford, Crawford, Crawford. And I was like, ‘I feel like we’ve got Carl Crawford in Brett Gardner, except he costs more than $100 million less, with less experience.'”

Wow. How sinister and conniving. And what’s the deal with New York teams being so keen on faking their opponents out? Just this week, two Giants players were accused of faking injuries during a game against the Rams but even worse, it has been alleged that their defensive coordinator actually coaches players on how to do it, a charge Perry Fewell refused to deny. What’s next? The New York Knicks saying they are a [championship-contending] team to trick everybody? Oh, wait.

But back to the Yankees and their nefarious methods. What say you, Brian Cashman, regarding how everything turned out in the end between your squad and the BoSox?

Going into the season, Cashman said Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, who also landed Adrian Gonzalez, “kicked my a– in the offseason.”

How does he feel now after winning the division?

“What I said was accurate: The Red Sox had a great winter, and I had a bad winter,” Cashman said. “But as it turned out, I had a better winter than anybody would’ve expected, including myself.”

What a smug little S.O.B.

Yanks drove up price on Carl Crawford [ESPN New York]