Who’s the Boss?

Bob Klapisch wants to know. Hank? Randy? Brian? What exactly can we expect from the Yankee hydra in ’08? Whatever the case, the tabs should have a good year….

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  • Obviously Hank is the new Boss. But to think he’s calling every shot and micromanaging Cashman (like many, including Pete Abraham) is idiotic.
    Cashman was never really all that great with the media, but Hank is more than willing to provide daily quotes. It might ‘give away’ what the Yankees are doing to everyone else, but who cares? I bet Cashman is more than happy to not have to play the media game every day, as he had to in 2007.

    AndrewYF November 26, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • But to think he’s calling every shot and micromanaging Cashman (like many, including Pete Abraham) is idiotic
    Why is this “idiotic”? Seems like an overly harsh word to describe a scenario (Hank calling the shots and aggressively so) that is certainly plausible, if not proven. What’s to say that Hank hasn’t told Cashman exactly what he wants to do (“go get Santana”), and that Cashman should figure out ways to do those things: this would be defined as Hank “calling the shots”, even if he isn’t executing the deals or making the trade proposals.
    Just today Hank is blabbering about his discussions with the Twins. He really doesn’t appear to have any sense of decorum. I honestly can’t see a motivation behind disclosing all this information other than wanting to be the center of attention. It’s really not flattering at all and may, in some cases (not all), be detrimental to negotiations with partners.
    As an aside, I still maintain that it will take less to pry Santana away from the Twins than most people think.

    SF November 27, 2007, 8:20 am
  • I’m not sure there is a method to Hank’s madness. It seems highly unusual for an owner to divulge that his team is in talks for a certain player, even if it’s obvious. Is he trying to accelerate the process by forcing other teams like the Sox or Mets to show their hand? One of the interesting things is how a potential deal might relate to the Yanks’ outfield situation. If Melky is part of the deal, for instance, then the Yanks would want to get this deal done sooner than later to perhaps pursue Rowand, Cameron or Jones before they’re signed.

    Nick-YF November 27, 2007, 8:30 am
  • All I can say is, this is going to be FUN!

    LocklandSF November 27, 2007, 8:30 am
  • Although your scenario is plausible SF, I think its equally possible that Cashman is really running the show and Hank is just constantly talking to the press about whats going on.
    I actually dont see much of a problem with him telling the press that talks are ongoing in this particular case. Its not like it was a secret that this was ongoing and I dont think that the Twins are gonna cut the yankees out of talks now that its known officially. If he begins to divulge specifics about the negotiations that could be potentially problematic.

    sam-YF November 27, 2007, 8:47 am
  • But Nick, I think the whole “negotiate in the media” aspect of things is overblown. I honestly don’t think that JWH/Epstein are checking ESPN.com to see if they need to up their offer to the Twins for Santana, if they are at all interested. These guys all have each others’ cell phone numbers. If Epstein wants to know if there are other teams involved then he can ask the Twins, and while they are under no obligation to be forthcoming, I imagine that the Twins, if they were smart, would say bluntly (and privately) “yeah, we’re talking to the Yankees, amongst others, and we’ve gotten some viable offers”. This would be a more direct way of getting the Sox to move off a position, though I also think the Sox have proven over the past few years that they really won’t be goosed by the Yankees (or other teams) to the point of acquiring a player “at all costs” other than free agents. So I am not really sure I buy the idea that Hank is trying to accelerate a process because if he’s trying to accelerate the process with the Twins he should keep it direct and in confidence and make a good offer. If the Twins take it public and try to up the ante then Hank is free, in my opinion, to blather all he wants as a tactic. Short of that, I don’t see why he would go public right now. I am happy to hear explanations, I’d love to know if anyone with more significant negotiating experience can enlighten me as to the utility of his public comments.

    SF November 27, 2007, 8:48 am
  • You’re probably right. I’m just trying to figure out if there is any method to what Hank’s doing. I suppose another question can be posed: Is there any harm in what Hank’s doing?

    Nick-YF November 27, 2007, 8:56 am
  • I suppose another question can be posed: Is there any harm in what Hank’s doing?
    Like Sam said, there may be no harm. But there’s certainly no apparent upside, at least to me – how can his comments positively impact the negotiations? Will the Twins concede on a deal because Hank took them public? Will the Sox panic and trade the farm for Santana (and would the Yankees want this to happen anyhow?!) To me this is just bad risk-management. If there’s no upside (and even nominal downside) then why engage? Unless, of course, the Twins went public first and Hank just responded to questions along these lines, in which case my criticisms are completely nullified.
    I am sincerely curious to know what an experienced negotiator says about this, I could be off the mark. My experience says “keep it quiet until not keeping it quiet has upside”.

    SF November 27, 2007, 9:00 am
  • Nick id say so far there is no harm. As I said above, if he starts talking about details then it could be very harmful or it could actually help. The former is more likely.

    sam-YF November 27, 2007, 9:00 am
  • Sam, sorry! I didn’t see your comment before I posted mine.
    It’s kind of unbelievable but somehow Hank s becoming the story of the off-season. His Hankness is getting covered daily. Very odd.

    Nick-YF November 27, 2007, 9:03 am
  • Agreed there. It kind of feels like he is just a spokesman though.

    sam-YF November 27, 2007, 9:05 am
  • Perhaps Hank is just crazy/dumb like a Fox. In the absence of any other information, and given Cashman’s statements that his role has not changed, I tend to agree with Sam. As for Hank’s talking with the tabs, there’s a VERY good reason for it: it’s a massive boon in free publicity. The Yankees are in the business of being in the papers. It’s how they sell tickets and merchandise in the offseason, and keep the nuts like us engaged until April. There’s a LONG tradition of owners blowing hard in the press, if only to feed the beast. Al Spalding, more than a century ago, routinely fed the press material, often unflattering to himself, just so they’d keep coming back for more. A full page ad in a paper, even a tabloid, costs thousands of dollars. Celebs hire pr agents just to get them mentioned on Page 6. But the “idiotic” yapping can draw the entire back page of a tab–precious real estate, and it’s free. So as Hank yaps and yaps saying nothing of actual use, Cashman can work behind the scenes getting things done, not seriously affected. Meanwhile, the Yanks dominate the papers. There’s no analogy in Boston, a one horse town (at least in terms of baseball). The Yanks are forever in a battle with the Mets for the attention of NYers. So there is a reason for an owner to be in the paper. Is this a defense of all of Hank’s statements? No. Do I wish he were less vocal? Yes. But I’m not sure it’s necessarily revealing of anything.

    YF November 27, 2007, 9:23 am
  • The Yanks are forever in a battle with the Mets for the attention of NYers.
    Maybe the Mets’ collapse was engineered – they got lots of attention!

    SF November 27, 2007, 9:28 am
  • Let’s remember too that Hank’s very public statements on the opt-out brought A-Rod back within a week.
    Meanwhile, Hank has already said he won’t be calling out players publicly like his Dad used to.

    Mike YF November 27, 2007, 9:31 am
  • I have to think that Hank is smarter than people give him credit for…he is doing things for a reason, even if that reason isn’t clear yet.
    I like that he is letting us Yankee Fans know what is going on.

    krueg November 27, 2007, 11:25 am
  • Let’s remember too that Hank’s very public statements on the opt-out brought A-Rod back within a week.
    yeah, it was Hank’s statement that brought him back, and not the 300M+ smackeroos. Sure.

    SF November 27, 2007, 12:06 pm
  • oh please can we not get into this one again.

    sam-YF November 27, 2007, 12:10 pm
  • It’s typical that a Sox fan looks at his contract and inflates the guaranteed money based on incentives. But they look at Schilling’s contract and see $8 million.
    Meanwhile, the Angels are paying more to Hunter and Matthews. No doubt they would have paid more for A-Rod had they been given the chance. They weren’t.

    Mike YF November 27, 2007, 12:24 pm
  • that’s right mike, and they look at dice-k and they don’t see a $100m pitcher because the $50m they paid just to talk to the guy doesn’t count as actual money spent, or something like that [in some bizarre accounting fantasy world]…for the record sf, arod came back because nobody else seemed interested at any price…he got far less guaranteed money than boras wanted, and if he achieves the incentives, i’d guess that would be a good thing for the yankees as well as arod…win-win

    dc November 28, 2007, 10:46 am
  • Can we not get this into a bash-the-other-team’s-fans thread? Sox fans aren’t the ones throwing out the “300+ million” number, the entire media is.
    It’s a record-breaking contract, which is why they’re taking those numbers into consideration. Schilling’s 8-13mil contract is chump change next to it.

    Atheose November 28, 2007, 10:55 am

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