• Wayne Krivsky For Assitant G.M.?

    Posted by on April 23rd, 2008 · Comments (13)

    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?

    Comments on Wayne Krivsky For Assitant G.M.?

    1. MJ
      April 23rd, 2008 | 3:29 pm

      I don’t know a lot about Krivsky other than the Brandon Phillips trade (good) and the Austin Kearns trade (bad).

      I’m all for the Yankees building the best possible front office and if Krivsky would be an asset to the team then I’m all for it. However, Steve, since you’ve gone on record as saying that you want Damon Oppenheimer to be the next Yankees GM, why would you circumvent your boy for a guy that seems to have the same skill-set (scouting)?

    2. baileywalk
      April 23rd, 2008 | 3:44 pm

      One reason this is a bad idea is because if they did hire Wayne Krivsky in this role this site would have at least one post a day where the gist would be “THE YANKEES MUST FIRE CASHMAN NOW!! PAVANO, IGAWA!!! WAYNE KRIVSKY MUST SAVE THIS TEAM FROM CASHMAN’S INCOMPETENCE!!!!”

    3. April 23rd, 2008 | 3:52 pm

      baileywalk – I liked you better when you used to post everyday on how Carl Pavano was getting a bum rap and he was going to be a huge winner for the Yankees. ;-)

    4. Rich
      April 23rd, 2008 | 3:54 pm

      Hire him to be a well-paid scout. It could humble him, and if he loses some of his aloofness, they can think about promoting him. (posted with some degree of sarcasm)

    5. April 23rd, 2008 | 3:55 pm

      MJ – Yeah, the Oppenheimer factor would be an issue. He’s earned his shot and you’d hate to block him. If I knew, for sure, that he was next GM, I’d say no to Wayne. But, if Cashman has a spell on Hank and Hal, and will be here for years to come, then why not hire Wayne to replace Afterman…who serves no purpose as far as I know. Krivsky’s resume is so much greater than Oppenheimer, that, well, I hope the latter would understand.

    6. Raf
      April 23rd, 2008 | 4:24 pm

      I don’t know a lot about Krivsky other than the Brandon Phillips trade (good) and the Austin Kearns trade (bad).
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      Don’t forget Arroyo for Peña.

      Not quite sure why he was let go. Some moves didn’t work out, some did. Don’t think 2+ years are enough to put a “stamp” on a franchise.

      Given the Reds’ record, maybe it’s a good thing their scouts quit?

    7. MJ
      April 23rd, 2008 | 4:32 pm

      Don’t forget Arroyo for Peña.

      Not quite sure why he was let go. Some moves didn’t work out, some did. Don’t think 2+ years are enough to put a “stamp” on a franchise.
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      Good call, I forgot about that one.

      Also, I agree. It’s odd that Krivsky was hired and fired in what amounted to 344 games. It’s pretty hard to turn around a decrepit franchise in just two seasons and a couple of weeks. I guess it was more of a personality thing and less of a progress thing. That the Reds had Jocketty ready to go pretty much means they wanted to make the move in January. That would’ve made too much sense, right?

    8. April 23rd, 2008 | 4:44 pm

      Some will probably laugh at this but Edinson Volquez has been pitching great this year for the Reds.

      If he is a stud pitcher then maybe Josh Hamilton for Volzquez would be a shrewd trade as well.

      I always take stud pitching over hitting, especially when the Reds have alot of good young hitting, so they had a surplus there.

    9. baileywalk
      April 23rd, 2008 | 5:45 pm

      Steve, don’t forget that I also really liked T.J. Beam. Never forget T.J. Beam, Steve!

      I also liked it better when TypeKey didn’t work for you and you couldn’t leave comments, so I guess we’re both shit out of luck.

    10. Joel
      April 23rd, 2008 | 6:23 pm

      I’m not sure an MLB front office is a place where you “stockpile talent.”

      This is Cashman’s gig. In fact, it may be his for as long as The Family owns the team.

    11. April 23rd, 2008 | 7:18 pm

      LOL baileywalk. If I have to be SOL with anyone, I’m just glad that it’s you! ;-)

    12. April 23rd, 2008 | 8:07 pm

      Ah, Bailey and Steve going at it again…just like the old times…gotta love it!

    13. E-ROC
      April 23rd, 2008 | 9:32 pm

      The Reds set up Krivsky to fail by hiring Jocketty has a consultant. That was shady. Krivsky did a solid job with the Reds. He’ll probably hook on with the Seattle or Washington. I think their respective GMs are on the hotseat.

      Hiring a former GM as an assistant GM is never a good thing, especially with Cashman in his last year of his contract. There is already disfunction between the GM and the owner(s). Why create more controversy?

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