Brian’s Song (and Dance)

Cashman is back, we all know that, and Yankee fans can further rejoice in the news that all of the team’s baseball decisions will flow through him. “I’m the general manager, and everybody within the baseball operations department reports to me. That’s not how it’s operated recently,” says Cash. But let’s be frank: that’s not how it’s operated ever. Cashman clearly has the support of Torre, and most likely of Steinbrenner’s son-in-law and heir apparent, Steve Swindal. Has George finally seen the light? That remains to be seen. But now there should be no excuses for Cashman. We think he’ll do a good job.

As the folks at BP argue, an organization needs to have a plan, and it needs to stick to it. That plan doesn’t necessarily need to be a Bill James product (look at the Braves), but it does need to be cohesive. Cashman’s philosophy will apparently be modeled on that of Stick Michael. Build from within, acquire smartly from without. If he can pull that off—if he is capable and if he is allowed—the Yankee future will be bright indeed.

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  • As a Red Sox fan, this guy Swindel scares me. He seems to have his wits about him, which could be trouble for every other AL team. I’ve been telling people for the past four years that, if the Yankees are going to spend $200M a year on payroll theres no reason short of idiocy (and not the Johnny Damon kind) that they shouldn’t be a good 6-10 games ahead of everyone in the AL east at the end. Thats a tough standard to hold a team to, so we’ll see how it pans out.
    On a different note, I think everyone is eager to find out how good a GM Cashman really is. Has there ever been a GM who has served so long in his position who has had a less clear effect on his team? Was it Cashman who wanted Pavano and Wright, or was it Tampa? How about Womack? Who’s idea was he?
    Should be an interesting offseason…

    mattymatty October 28, 2005, 10:02 am
  • Times today suggests the Womack deal was Tampa’s doing, that Cash wanted Cairo back (note that this probably worked out for the best, with Cano’s rise, and with that a more receptive atmosphere to the idea that the team should build from within.) Everyone wanted Pavano (including Theo).

    YF October 28, 2005, 10:15 am
  • Don Cashman speaks:
    “If something happens that is adverse to the process, I will handle it and I will address it, and I do believe I have the people above me in line to support me,” Cashman said.
    “We have the most money — there’s no secret about that — and if we combine that with the best decision-making process on a consistent basis, then God help the rest of baseball.”
    This is going to be a very interesting off-season.

    Joe October 28, 2005, 10:39 am
  • The trouble with the Yankees oganization has long been that it has difficulty in reognizing the difference between “cost” and “value”.
    The same can be said – and probably has been – about the Orioles organization.
    That which – those who – cost the most are not necessarily the most valuable, and as often as not, the correlation is an adverse one.
    If you know what I mean.

    EAM October 28, 2005, 1:25 pm
  • Who’s Don Cashman?

    brad-sf October 28, 2005, 1:33 pm
  • I like this arrogant godfather-type version of Cashman. Good call, Joe. Let’s hope he’s a smart as some of us think, and let’s hope the Boss sticks to his promise.

    Nick October 28, 2005, 1:49 pm
  • So there are reports that Manny won’t report this spring if he’s not traded (and he won’t play for the only other GM who’s probably willing to pick up the full freight).
    But who will the Sox get to replace Manny’s bat and protect Ortiz? Who would be the Top 10 on the list of Bill James’s cleanup hitters, and are any of them available? (Ortiz is on the list, but then who hits 3, and who protects him in the 5 spot?)
    There’s not much in the free agent market after Konerko. Not a lot of pitching either, and Wells wants to leave. Will the Sox go after Washburn? A.J. Burnett might be damaged goods.

    john yf October 30, 2005, 9:59 am

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