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. (To see all the seasons reviewed, click here.)
Here, we’ll look at Cashman’s moves in 2004 and how they helped or hurt the team:
February 5, 2004 – Traded Jose Garcia to the Texas Rangers. Received Mike Lamb.
March 25, 2004 – Traded Mike Lamb to the Houston Astros. Received Juan DeLeon.
June 18, 2004 – Traded Gabe White to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Charlie Manning and cash.
July 19, 2004 – Signed C.J. Nitkowski as a free agent.
August 17, 2004 – Signed Shane Spencer as a free agent.
October 26, 2004 – Signed Homer Bush as a free agent.
January 12, 2004 – Signed Tony Clark as a free agent.
March 12, 2004 – Signed Orlando Hernandez as a free agent.
May 15, 2004 – Traded Brian Myrow to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Tanyon Sturtze.
August 3, 2004 – Signed John Olerud as a free agent.
December 3, 2004 – Traded Felix Heredia to the New York Mets. Received Mike Stanton.
February 16, 2004 – Traded Joaquin Arias and Alfonso Soriano to the Texas Rangers. Received Alex Rodriguez and cash.
June 7, 2004 – Drafted Philip Hughes in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed June 16, 2004.
February 7, 2004 – Signed Donovan Osborne as a free agent.
July 31, 2004 – Traded Jose Contreras and cash to the Chicago White Sox. Received Esteban Loaiza.
November 5, 2004 – Jon Lieber granted Free Agency.
December 3, 2004 – Traded Kenny Lofton to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Felix Rodriguez.
December 6, 2004 – Signed John Flaherty as a free agent.
December 20, 2004 – Signed Carl Pavano as a free agent.
Was Probably Not A Cashman Move & More Likely Something Done In Tampa:
January 6, 2004 – Signed Kenny Lofton as a free agent.
March 2, 2004 – Signed Travis Lee as a free agent.
December 20, 2004 – Signed Tony Womack as a free agent.
December 28, 2004 – Signed Jaret Wright as a free agent.
This is an interesting year. The Lofton, Womack and Wright signings probably ticked Cashman off – and could be part of the reason why he demanded total control on his next contract. Yet, it was a big year for Cashman – picking up A-Rod and Hughes as well as some nice grabs on guys like Clark, Sturtze. Olerud, et al. Of course, this year will always be remembered for being when Cashman put the full-court press on Pavano to get him signed. That’s what many people will always remember about 2004 in terms of Brian’s moves. (I put Lieber on the list even though I usually don’t put guys going free agent on these reports – since it’s the player that controls the option. Still, Cashman misread the market on that one and should have gotten him signed before the Mets gave the house to Kris Benson. It would have been useful to have Lieber on the 2005 Yanks – instead of Wright.)