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 2003 and how they helped or hurt the team:
March 19, 2003 – Traded Rondell White to the San Diego Padres. Received Bubba Trammell, Mark Phillips, and cash.
July 16, 2003 – Traded Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia, and Ryan Bicondoa to the New York Mets. Received Armando Benitez.
August 6, 2003 – Traded Armando Benitez to the Seattle Mariners. Received Jeff Nelson.
August 22, 2003 – Traded Sterling Hitchcock to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Ben Julianel and Justin Pope.
December 18, 2003 – Traded Chris Hammond and cash to the Oakland Athletics. Received Eduardo Sierra and J.T. Stotts.
January 15, 2003 – Traded Orlando Hernandez to the Chicago White Sox. Received Antonio Osuna and Delvis Lantigua.
February 4, 2003 – Signed Jon Lieber as a free agent.
June 6, 2003 – Traded Marcus Thames to the Texas Rangers. Received Ruben Sierra.
June 25, 2003 – Purchased Karim Garcia from the Cleveland Indians.
July 29, 2003 – Traded Raul Mondesi and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Received David Dellucci, Bret Prinz, and John Prowl.
July 31, 2003 – Traded Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning, and cash to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Aaron Boone.
July 31, 2003 – Traded Robin Ventura to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Bubba Crosby and Scott Proctor.
August 25, 2003 – Selected Felix Heredia off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.
December 19, 2003 – Signed Miguel Cairo as a free agent.
December 16, 2003 – Signed Tom Gordon as a free agent.
January 16, 2003 – Signed John Flaherty as a free agent.
January 27, 2003 – Signed Juan Acevedo as a free agent.
February 6, 2003 – Signed Jose Contreras as an amateur free agent.
July 31, 2003 – Received Gabe White from the Cincinnati Reds as part of a conditional deal.
November 6, 2003 – Andy Pettitte granted Free Agency.
December 4, 2003 – Signed Felix Heredia as a free agent.
December 7, 2003 – Signed Gabe White as a free agent.
December 13, 2003 – Traded Jeff Weaver, Yhency Brazoban, Brandon Weeden, and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Kevin Brown.
December 16, 2003 – Traded Nick Johnson, Juan Rivera, and Randy Choate to the Montreal Expos. Received Javier Vazquez.
December 17, 2003 – Signed Paul Quantrill as a free agent.
Was Probably Not A Cashman Move & More Likely Something Done In Tampa:
December 19, 2003 – Signed Gary Sheffield as a free agent.
The good deals this year for Cashman mostly had short-term benefits. But, the bad deals either hurt the Yankees for a while (Flaherty, Contreras, Pettitte, and Brown) or they hurt New York in a big post-season spot (Brown, Vazquez, and Quantrill). If I’m Brian, and I’m putting together a resume, I might want to leave 2003 off it – especially some of these moves in the winter following the 2003 season.