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 2001 and how they helped or hurt the team:
January 3, 2001 – Signed Todd Williams as a free agent.
March 28, 2001 – Traded Glenallen Hill to the Anaheim Angels. Received Darren Blakely.
June 12, 2001 – Selected Darren Bragg off waivers from the New York Mets.
June 29, 2001 – Signed Gerald Williams as a free agent.
July 4, 2001 – Traded Brian Boehringer to the San Francisco Giants. Received Bobby Estalella and Joe Smith.
August 31, 2001 – Traded Randy Flores and Rosman Garcia to the Texas Rangers. Received Randy Velarde.
December 13, 2001 – Traded Jay Witasick to the San Francisco Giants. Received John Vander Wal.
December 18, 2001 – Traded Bernie Castro to the San Diego Padres. Received Kevin Reese.
December 21, 2001 – Signed F.P. Santangelo as a free agent.
March 30, 2001 – Traded Craig Dingman to the Colorado Rockies. Received Jorge DePaula.
April 5, 2001 – Signed Todd Greene as a free agent.
June 5, 2001 – Drafted Shelley Duncan in the 2nd round of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 17, 2001. Drafted Chase Wright in the 3rd round of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 10, 2001.
June 23, 2001 – Purchased Brian Myrow from the Winnipeg (Northern).
July 12, 2001 – Signed Joaquin Arias as an amateur free agent.
January 5, 2001 – Signed Robinson Cano as an amateur free agent.
November 13, 2001 – Signed Melky Cabrera as an amateur free agent.
December 7, 2001 – Traded David Justice to the New York Mets. Received Robin Ventura.
March 21, 2001 – Traded Wily Mo Pena to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Drew Henson and Michael Coleman.
February 15, 2001 – Signed Henry Rodriguez as a free agent.
June 5, 2001 – Drafted John-Ford Griffin in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 14, 2001. Drafted Bronson Sardinha in the 1st round (34th pick) of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 13, 2001.
June 13, 2001 – Traded Damaso Marte to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Enrique Wilson.
June 23, 2001 – Traded D’Angelo Jimenez to the San Diego Padres. Received Jay Witasick.
July 1, 2001 – Traded Ricardo Aramboles to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Mark Wohlers.
July 30, 2001 – Traded Brett Jodie and Darren Blakely to the San Diego Padres. Received Sterling Hitchcock.
December 7, 2001 – Signed Steve Karsay as a free agent.
December 21, 2001 – Signed Alberto Castillo as a free agent.
Was Probably Not A Cashman Move & More Likely Something Done In Tampa:
December 13, 2001 – Signed Jason Giambi as a free agent.
December 17, 2001 – Signed Rondell White as a free agent.
December 18, 2001 – Signed Sterling Hitchcock as a free agent.
An interesting year. Two huge thumbs up on the Cano & Melky signings. But, in reality, the credit there is probably due to the Latin America guys in the front office. Most of all, looking at all the moves, this season seems to be where “it” starts for Cashman – with “it” being an inability to find good arms for the pen, a decent back-up catcher, and useful parts for the big league bench. What’s worse, Mets fans can point to this season and remind us that Cashman passed on David Wright to select Bronson Sardinha in the draft.