Brian Cashman became Yankees G.M. on February 28, 1998.
It’s rare for someone to be a G.M. for tens years with one team these days. Ten years does provide for some “body of work” analysis. Therefore, I thought it would be fun, this off-season, to take a look back at Cashman’s “moves” during the past decade – one year at a time. (I’ll try and post one year, per week, over the next ten weeks.)
Here, we’ll look at Cashman’s moves in 1998 and how they helped or hurt the team:
March 7, 1998 – Traded Andy Fox to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Received Todd Erdos and Marty Janzen.
June 3, 1998 – Traded Willie Banks to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Received Scott Brow and Joe Lisio (minors).
August 23, 1998 -Traded Ray Ricken (minors) and Shea Morenz (minors) to the San Diego Padres. Received Jim Bruske and Brad Kaufman (minors).
November 16, 1998 – Traded Allen Butler (minors) to the Minnesota Twins. Received Dan Naulty.
December 8, 1998 – Traded Chris Singleton to the Chicago White Sox. Received a player to be named later. The Chicago White Sox sent Rich Pratt (minors) (January 10, 1999) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.
August 3, 1998 – Released Dale Sveum.
November 10, 1998 – Signed Scott Brosius as a free agent.
November 11, 1998 – Signed David Cone as a free agent.
March 23, 1998 – Signed Orlando Hernandez as an amateur free agent.
September 29, 1998 – Purchased Alfonso Soriano from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Japan Central).
June 2, 1998 – Drafted Mark Prior in the 1st round (43rd pick) of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign the player. Drafted Randy Keisler in the 2nd round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed July 21, 1998. Drafted Drew Henson in the 3rd round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed July 24, 1998.
Was Probably Not A Cashman Move & More Likely Something Done In Tampa:
November 25, 1998 – Signed Bernie Williams as a free agent.
Here, the wasting of the 1st three picks in the draft are more than offset by the pick-up of El Duque and Soriano. In terms of the trades, Brian gave up nothing and got nothing – so, they’re a wash. On the whole, I would suggest that 1998′s results were mixed for Cashman – with a net gain/loss of zero in the end.