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 1999 and how they helped or hurt the team:
March 30, 1999 – Traded Darren Holmes and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Received Ben Ford and Izzy Molina.
June 2, 1999 – Drafted Alex Graman in the 3rd round of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed June 5, 1999. Drafted Andy Phillips in the 7th round of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed June 25, 1999. Drafted Kevin Thompson in the 31st round of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed June 7, 2000.
December 13, 1999 – Traded Chad Curtis to the Texas Rangers. Received Brandon Knight and Sam Marsonek.
December 14, 1999 – Traded Dan Naulty to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Nicholas Leach.
December 17, 1999 – Signed Chris Turner as a free agent.
January 26, 1999 – Signed Jason Grimsley as a free agent.
February 18, 1999 – Traded Homer Bush, Graeme Lloyd, and David Wells to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Roger Clemens.
April 5, 1999 – Signed Darryl Strawberry as a free agent.
July 31, 1999 – Traded Geraldo Padua to the San Diego Padres. Received Jim Leyritz.
November 29, 1999 – Signed Mike Stanton as a free agent.
December 15, 1999 – Signed Ryan Thompson as a free agent.
December 22, 1999 – Traded Hideki Irabu to the Montreal Expos. Received players to be named later and Jake Westbrook. The Montreal Expos sent Ted Lilly (March 17, 2000) and Christian Parker (March 22, 2000) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.
February 1, 1999 – Traded Mike Lowell to the Florida Marlins. Received Mark J. Johnson, Ed Yarnall, and Todd Noel.
April 5, 1999 – Signed Wily Mo Pena as a free agent.
December 6, 1999 – Signed David Cone as a free agent.
December 7, 1999 – Signed Allen Watson as a free agent.
Was Probably Not A Cashman Move & More Likely Something Done In Tampa:
This is an interesting year. The terrible decisions to bring back Watson and Cone, at the end of the season, somewhat offset the good moves on Grimsley, Stanton and Thompson. The Irabu trade was a steal – too bad that they didn’t keep Lilly and Westbrook (as they would helped, for sure, this season). The Wells-Clemens deal? From 1999 to 2003, Clemens had 62 RSAA in 1004 IP and Wells had 46 RSAA in 981.3 IP. That’s close. But, Wells was back in New York for 2002 and 2003. From 1999 to 2001, Clemens had 52 RSAA in 612.3 IP and Wells had 27 RSAA in 562 IP. So, yes, that trade was a good one for Cashman, then, too. The Lowell trade depends on your position. Some will say that he was blocked and it made sense. That’s fine. But, the return, in the end, turned out to be a bust – albeit that the pitching prospects sounded good at the time. Ah, pitching prospects…