• Wild Thought: Buck & Tim For Brian & Jean?

    Posted by on April 12th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    This evenings wild thought is a question. If you owned the New Yankees, and you had a chance to replace Brian Cashman (as G.M.) with Buck Showalter and, at the same time, you could replace Jean Afterman (as Assistant G.M.) with Tim Purpura, would you make that trade?

    Me? I think someone like Purpura would be a huge improvement over Afterman – with Tim being able to do all the things that Jean can do, as well as him being able to excel at all the things she cannot do well.

    And…Showalter for Cashman? Hey, that’s an interesting one. As I have said in the past:

    Brian Cashman has value. He understands New York. He can navigate through the Yankees organization. He’s polished. He can take a punch. There’s nothing wrong with having Brian Cashman as the face of the front office – and being the person on point between the owners, the team, the media and the fans.

    However, Showalter has an outstanding track record in terms of being a builder of baseball teams – albeit as a manager and not a G.M.

    Put it this way…if you told me, today, that Cashman/Afterman were out for the Yankees and that Showalter/Purpura were in…well…I think I would be more excited over that news than I would be upset. How about you?

    Comments on Wild Thought: Buck & Tim For Brian & Jean?

    1. sonnymooks
      April 12th, 2009 | 11:14 pm

      I’d prefer Pail DePodest as assistant GM.

      As for Buck Showlater, his personality isn’t right for the GM job (and may not even be right for managing).

      He is a brilliant guy, bright mind, but his personality, his attitude, and his personal skills just don’t fit right, a GM job here would amplify those issues with the media (before, since he was managing when the yanks were improving, he got a bit of a pass but still had his share of media problems).

      I do think he could do a great job in baseball in the right role, but its got to be a job with minimal interaction with other folks.

    2. Evan3457
      April 13th, 2009 | 2:02 am

      I don’t think Cashman needs replacing, but I wouldn’t mind Buck getting a significant role in player development, or even him being the GM, if it comes to that.

      I think a great deal of Buck as an evaluator of baseball talent. He didn’t really build the Diamondbacks so much as help them choose the right free agents to buy, but that’s an important decision-making talent, too.

    3. roadrider
      April 13th, 2009 | 10:29 am

      yYs to replacing Cashman (don’t really know much about Afterman) but NO to Showalter. I would grant you that He’s more palatable as a GM than as a field manager (I still haven’t forgiven him for the 1995 playoffs) but he’s wound way too tight and would either burn out or wear out his welcome very quickly.

    4. butchie22
      April 13th, 2009 | 1:52 pm

      Anyone BUT Ca$hman or Jean, that’s my motto. Buck is not the GM type, but he sure as hell knows baseball. I would accept someone of that stature as the Yankee GM and Purpura is not a bad idea. I would rather see Gillick as GM and Showalter as the asst GM actually. Pulling out Gillick out of retirement to win his last title and make those oh so right tweaks would be great. Roadrider, Buck has a bug up his butt but he knows talent, you can’t take that away from him.

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