More Cash, Less Problems

Kat O’Brien of Newsday is reporting the Yankees will bring back General Manager Brian Cashman for 3 more years.  The deal is reportedly worth $2 million per.  Follow the link for more details.

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  • Are you guys happy about this?

    Brad September 30, 2008, 5:03 pm
  • Wonder what kind of “Hank muzzle” that Cash was able to negotiate with Hal? Glad he’s sticking around.

    nettles September 30, 2008, 5:09 pm
  • I think this is good news for the Yankees. Cashman has his flaws (in my opinion, but so does every single GM), but he’s got a great temperament for New York City, seems like a completely classy guy, and certainly has done a professional and successful job, if not a spectacular one, these last several years. He’s no panic artist, and that’s a great quality for someone running any team or organization, a quality I totally respect (even if it leads to non-moves that might hurt in the short term).
    And I was wrong: I thought Cashman was a goner for sure.

    SF September 30, 2008, 5:13 pm
  • This is very good news for the yankees. Cashman knows how to handle the ownership structure here in NY better than any one. Any new GM would have to handle this no matter what. It will also be nice to see him fully implement the plan he has had in place for the last few years. The next 3 years will show if it was right or time to move on to new ideas…

    Sam-YF September 30, 2008, 5:55 pm
  • I think this is good news because I essentially agree with Cashman’s current philosophy. On the other hand, I am a bit worried about his ability to execute and follow through on his plan. He’s made a number of very salient mistakes in recent years–Kei Igawa, Pavano–that make you wonder about his ability to evaluate talent.

    Nick-YF September 30, 2008, 6:40 pm
  • Nick, while I dont think that Cashman is perfect in any sense, I do think its tough to put too much blame on his shoulders for Pavano or Igawa. Pavano was a highly sought after free agent 4 years ago and the yankees just happened to win the bidding. Igawa i think he holds a share in the blame but that move seemed to come from up high. His major mistake concerning Igawa was not bidding more on DiceK. The sox made a great move there by spending their money in a way that didnt blow up their payroll. The yankees realized this only after seeing the sox insane $51 mil bid and then threw all that cash at igawa to try to capture lightning in a bottle twice….

    Sam-YF September 30, 2008, 7:06 pm
  • “…Are you guys happy about this?…”
    i’ll let you know after next season brad
    ;) seriously though, i’m with sam and nick…i think cash has a good plan re. youth, and i’d like to see him stick with it…
    i really didn’t think he’d leave sf…his family apparently has very deep roots in the ny area…that, and other than boston or maybe the mets, where else would you want to gm?…

    dc September 30, 2008, 8:19 pm
  • Sam, fair enough point on the Pavano contract although I, for one, was against it at the time. That said, no one foresaw his injury situation. If he had pitched, it seems the contract might have been reasonable price-wise. But I pin Igawa on Cashman, and it’s a complete debacle, especially when you consider he chose him over Lilly.

    Nick-YF September 30, 2008, 8:23 pm
  • A handy primer on which moves were, in fact, Cashman’s and which were forced on him from above. http://blogs.trb.com/sports/baseball/blog/2008/09/a_brian_cashman_audit_and_ther.html
    The skinny:
    Big Cashman moves: Bobby Abreu/Cory Lidle, Kevin Brown, both Roger Clemenses, Johnny Damon, Kyle Farnsworth, Kei Igawa, Cael Pavano, Andy Pettitte Part II, Alex Rodriguez trade
    Big Stein moves: Jose Contreras, Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriguez re-signing, Gary Sheffield, Jaret Wright
    And moves Cashman wanted, but cost more than Cashman would have allowed: Jason Giambi, Jorge Posada re-signing

    Paul SF September 30, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • I’m happy because there is no way he makes the same mistake he made by not getting Santana…he will offer the moon to C.C., maybe A.J. too? It seems that many times in sports, GM’s or coaches are not given the time to let their plans/view unfold. Three more years with Cash should be the perfect amount of time to see if the decisions he makes/made pan out and #27 comes to fruition…

    krueg September 30, 2008, 8:59 pm
  • I remember seeing that list. The Jorge thing is curious to me. Was Cashman really willing to let him walk away? What was the back-up plan?
    Also, Igawa was a Cashman move if we’re to believe that he has been in full control since 2005.

    Nick-YF September 30, 2008, 9:02 pm
  • “I’m happy because there is no way he makes the same mistake he made by not getting Santana.”
    So this is officially a mistake?

    Nick-YF September 30, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • “So this is officially a mistake?”
    Not in my book. He had some great numbers this year but the double cost was too much for me to swallow at the time. Lets see how Johan does for the next few years before deciding…

    Sam-YF September 30, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • “…The Jorge thing is curious to me. Was Cashman really willing to let him walk away? What was the back-up plan?…”
    exactly nick, which is why they needed to sign him even at a premium…the yanks had no viable replacement in their system, and it didn’t appear as though they’d pry one loose from another team…same thing with mo, but to a lesser degree, because he’s, well mo…
    yeah, despite how things turned out with hughes and kennedy, i’m still thinking the santana non-move was not a mistake…let’s see how it plays out over a couple of seasons…the potential move with cc is different than santana, as sam points out, because of the double cost of prospects, and then having to sign him to a big contract, which i don’t think was a guarantee…could have been a costly rental…cc is only about money…my concern with him is overuse…the brewers are overworking him because they know they won’t keep him…

    dc October 1, 2008, 8:59 am
  • Are you guys telling me you wouldn’t, in hindsight obviously, have moved Melky and IPK for Santana? Crazy. Yes, it was a mistake. Unless Hughes becomes the next ______?(can’t actually think of a starting pitcher we developed besides Pettite in the last couple decades)

    krueg October 1, 2008, 9:53 am
  • P.S. There is no guarantee C.C. wants to play for the Yankees…if not, then what?

    krueg October 1, 2008, 9:56 am
  • “…in hindsight…”
    at this exact moment?, yes krueg, i would agree it appeared to be a mistake…my point was that i’d like to see it play out a bit longer before i reach that conclusion…some of it’s speculative anyway though, because it assumes we could have ever offered a package that the twins were interested in, that wouldn’t bankrupt our already fragile farm system…who knows how close we were to getting a deal done?, or the sox for that matter…i don’t think the twins ever declared what it would take to finish the deal for either club…as i recall, they kept dicking us around, and playing us against the sox…the sox don’t seem to be kicking themselves for not sweetening the pot with another young pitcher, or ellsbury, probably because of lester’s success, and the fact they made the post season anyway, without santana…i don’t think our reluctance to part with melky was the deal-killer with the twins, in fact, i think he was included in one of the proposals…

    dc October 1, 2008, 11:07 am
  • that is awesome to hear.

    anonymous October 2, 2008, 9:36 am

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