Now that Wayne Krivsky is on the job market, I think the Yankees have to make a run at hiring him.
Krivsky has 30 years of scouting and player evaluation experience at the major leage level. He cut his teeth at the knees of Eddie Robinson, Joe Klein and Tom Grieve in Texas and then was plucked from the Rangers by Terry Ryan of the Twins (to be his right-hand man). Here’s what Terry said about Wayne when he was hired to be the Reds G.M.:
“Probably the goal of his life was to become a general manager, and it’s become reality,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. “He’s bright. He’s organized. He’s a relentless worker. He’s the type of guy that pays attention to detail. He’s good with rules. He’s good with contracts. He’s a good evaluator.
“He’s got a lot of the attributes that you would want to associate with a general manager.”
So, what happened in Cincy? The report that I heard was that Krivsky was not a “people person” and was somewhat aloof. As the story goes, some long-term and trusted scouts with the Reds got so tired of his ways that they up and quit.
Hmm…tons of experience and a decent track record at scouting and player evaluation; but, not a “people person”….basically, Wayne Krivsky is everything that Brian Cashman is not (and vice versa). Sounds like, as a team, Cashman and Krivsky would have some good synergy, no?
Why not make a run at Wayne Krivsky, who’s a New York native, to become the Yankees Assistant G.M. (under Cashman)? You can still allow Cashman to be the face and voice of the front office, etc. But, in a sense, then Krivsky could be an asset behind the curtains type thing – to help with scouting and player evaluation…like he did with the Rangers and the Twins before taking the Reds job.
Hey, put it this way: Who would you rather have as your Assistant G.M. – Wayne Krivsky and his three decades of proven experience in scouting, etc.; or, your current Assistant G.M., Jean Afterman and her years of experience handling negotiations, contract work, compliance and regulations work?
At the end of the day, it’s a baseball team and not a law firm, right? This one should be a no-brainer. If Wayne Krivsky is willing to join the Yankees, then he should be made an offer to come aboard.
The only issue is that, perhaps, Brian Cashman might not want someone with Krivsky’s background working under him – - for the fear that he may become his replacement. But, Cashman has always said he’s making decisions without concern or fear of losing his job – and that he’s more interested in helping the team in the long run. So, if that’s true, then he shouldn’t sweat having Wayne Krivsky under him, right?