• Cash Under Question Within Organization

    Posted by on May 20th, 2007 · Comments (3)

    From the News

    A major storyline of the Yankees’ season has been the rash of injuries to young pitchers, but the issue is not confined to the big-league roster. The two prized young arms the Bombers acquired in a pair of major offseason deals are hurt.

    The perplexing thing for many in the organization is that, according to a club source, general manager Brian Cashman was fully aware that both top prospects – Humberto Sanchez and Ross Ohlendorf – were serious injury risks and chose to make the deals anyway.

    Sanchez was acquired in the deal that sent Gary Sheffield to Detroit and is missing the season after having Tommy John tendon-replacement surgery in April. Ohlendorf, who came in the trade that sent Randy Johnson to Arizona, is 1-3 with a 5.19 ERA for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and contending with back problems.

    When Sanchez had surgery, Cashman was forthcoming about making the deal despite the concerns. “I knew that there was a potential problem with the elbow, but I also knew that if there was one, it would be correctable,” Cashman said. He hasn’t said as much about Ohlendorf. As of Friday, the pitcher had allowed 42 hits and 19 walks over 34-2/3 innings and opponents were hitting .309.

    Pavano at the big league level. Sanchez at the minor league level. Hey, Cashman never met an injury-plagued pitcher that he didn’t love.

    Comments on Cash Under Question Within Organization

    1. Garcia
      May 20th, 2007 | 10:26 am

      I think Jeter said it best, “it’s just easy to point at the negative stuff when things aren’t going well”.
      I loved the deals when they were made, and I won’t start going off on Cashman just because both players have been injured. What about that shortstop that’s sick with the glove that you love so much? He came over on the RJ trade, but I guess now the deal sucks elephant balls and Cashman got the wool pulled over his eyes.
      It’s just easy to point at all the negative when things aren’t going well. It’s like when a guy gets convicted of a crime and they are trying to determine his/her sentencing, the prosecutor will sit there and give you the run down on the number of crimes said person committed – no matter how petty. “When he was 15 he got caught smoking dope, this person is a criminal of the worse kind”. It is so easy to paint a person bad when things aren’t going well.
      I admire Cashman, he has been a stand-up guy and he admits to his mistakes and isn’t afraid of controversy or looking bad in the process. None of us are w/o err, we are seeing the same probability with injuries as they pertain to pitchers – irregardless of age or experience. Pitchers get hurt, yeah they had a track record, but were still rated highly enough to be considered top prospects. Sometimes in life you have to take a chance, Cashman took a chance and failed. I’d rather he take a chance then be reluctant, being reluctant cost us Beltran and brought us the Big Turd.

    2. Raf
      May 20th, 2007 | 10:57 am

      You forgot Wright…

      Anyway, the Sheffield trade had to be made, I don’t know of any other deals that were on the table. If I couldn’t convince him to play 1b, I’d have move him too.

      I’m still not too happy with the return from the RJ trade, especially since they didn’t have to move him. But they should’ve gotten more for him.

      Water under the bridge now…

    3. baileywalk
      May 20th, 2007 | 11:20 am

      Sanchez wasn’t the only pitcher in that deal, though. People tend to forget that. Cashman picked up two good relief arms in the deal. One of them, currently in AA, is doing really well. I’m not going to call him a “closer of the future” or anything, but he’s holding his own in AA, picking up the occasional save, and looks like he’ll be, at a minimum, a future major-league reliever. The other kid, Clagget, doesn’t have the same power fastball and is currently in A-ball, but he’s having a decent year too and is also apparently pretty decent.

      Cashman has said that he took a shot at Sanchez because the talent was so great. I can understand this, but Sanchez has NEVER been healthy — and usually when someone is always hurt, they stay hurt (a la Carl).

      But the Randy Johnson deal sucked. There’s no two ways about it. It’s been reported — I don’t know if it’s true or not — that instead of getting the three players back that he did, Cashman could have gotten Micah Ownings for Johnson straightup. If this is true, Cashman is a fool. He took quantity over quality. Owings isn’t a stud, but he’s a legit major leaguer playing right now. Ohlendorf is a maybe, Jackson is doubtful, and the shortstop, Gonzalez, is probably going to end up a utility man.

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