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 2002 and how they helped or hurt the team:
January 8, 2002 – Signed Luis Sojo as a free agent.
January 28, 2002 – Signed Ron Coomer as a free agent.
February 4, 2002 – Signed Manny Alexander as a free agent.
March 15, 2002 – Signed Mike Thurman as a free agent.
April 2, 2002 – Signed Karim Garcia as a free agent.
April 8, 2002 – Signed Billy McMillon as a free agent. Signed Bill Pulsipher as a free agent.
June 6, 2002 – Signed Alex Arias as a free agent.
December 4, 2002 – Signed Chris Latham as a free agent.
February 1, 2002 – Signed Chris Widger as a free agent.
June 4, 2002 – Drafted Brad Halsey in the 8th round of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed July 1, 2002.
December 30, 2002 – Signed Roger Clemens as a free agent.
December 19, 2002 – Signed Hideki Matsui as a free agent.
February 14, 2002 – Signed Ruben Rivera as a free agent.
July 5, 2002 – Traded Ted Lilly, John-Ford Griffin, and Jason Arnold to the Oakland Athletics. Received Jeff Weaver from the Detroit Tigers. In addition, the Oakland Athletics sent Carlos Pena and Franklyn German to the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Tigers sent cash to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics later sent Jeremy Bonderman to the Detroit Tigers to complete the trade.
December 6, 2002 – Signed Robin Ventura as a free agent.
December 19, 2002 – Signed Todd Zeile as a free agent.
Was Probably Not A Cashman Move & More Likely Something Done In Tampa:
January 17, 2002 – Signed David Wells as a free agent.
July 1, 2002 – Traded Scott Wiggins to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Raul Mondesi.
December 13, 2002 – Signed Chris Hammond as a free agent.
I’m guessing that Hammond was a Tampa move – but, I’m not sure. Signing Godzilla might have been out of Cash’s hand too. The Weaver deal was bad – even worse when Weaver became Kevin Brown. If you believe that “No Impact” is pretty near to “Bad Impact,” then, this was not one of Cashman’s better years in terms of wheeling and dealing.