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 2000 and how they helped or hurt the team:
January 26, 2000 – Signed Roberto Kelly as a free agent.
April 2, 2000 – Signed Lance Johnson as a free agent and signed Felix Jose as a free agent.
July 12, 2000 – Traded Ed Yarnall, Drew Henson, Brian Reith, and Jackson Melian (minors) to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Mike Frank and Denny Neagle.
August 11, 2000 – Traded Wilson Delgado to the Kansas City Royals. Received Nick Ortiz.
December 14, 2000 – Signed Brian Boehringer as a free agent.
June 5, 2000 – Drafted Matt Smith in the 4th round of the 2000 amateur draft. Player signed June 21, 2000.
June 20, 2000 – Traded Jim Leyritz to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Jose Vizcaino and cash.
August 3, 2000 – Signed Luis Polonia as a free agent.
August 7, 2000 – Traded Chris Spurling to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Luis Sojo.
August 21, 2000 – Signed Dioner Navarro as an amateur free agent.
November 7, 2000 – David Cone granted Free Agency.
November 16, 2000 – Signed Damaso Marte as a free agent.
May 5, 2000 – Signed Chien-Ming Wang as an amateur free agent.
June 29, 2000 – Traded Ricky Ledee, Jake Westbrook, and Zach Day to the Cleveland Indians. Received David Justice.
July 21, 2000 – Traded Ben Ford and Oswaldo Mairena to the Chicago Cubs. Received Glenallen Hill.
November 30, 2000 – Signed Mike Mussina as a free agent.
June 2, 2000 – Signed Adrian Hernandez as an amateur free agent.
June 5, 2000 – Drafted Sean Henn in the 26th round of the 2000 amateur draft. Player signed May 25, 2001.
August 7, 2000 – Selected Jose Canseco off waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
October 31, 2000 – Jeff Nelson granted Free Agency.
November 20, 2000 – Released Jason Grimsley.
November 21, 2000 – Signed Joe Oliver as a free agent.
Was Probably Not A Cashman Move & More Likely Something Done In Tampa:
June 11, 2000 – Signed Dwight Gooden as a free agent.
This season was much, much, better than the two before it – in terms of pushing buttons and pulling strings. But, it does raise an interesting question. For people like me, who believe that the G.M. is responsible for the team’s moves, at the end of the day, you have to give Cashman two huge thumbs up for the work here in 2000. However, for those who like to say that Cashman did not gain total control of the team until 2005, well, to be fair, those people can’t give Cashman credit for all these good to great moves in 2000 – can they? This make sense?