Via Mark Feinsand -
Although the sentiment among most fans would be to bring back [Damon, Matsui and Pettitte], [Brian] Cashman can’t afford to be emotional when it comes to assembling his roster for next season.
“It’s all about what’s best for us in 2010 and going forward,” Cashman said. “It’s part of the job description: to put the best team possible on the field with the short- and long-term in mind.”
Five years ago, Theo Epstein faced the same scenario after his Red Sox ended their 86-year curse. That was when Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe and Orlando Cabrera all became free agents.
Watching them leave may have been difficult for Boston fans, but for Epstein, it was simply business.
“You have to separate yourself from what just happened,” Epstein said. “You have to realize your team will change whether you take control and dictate that change, or whether you sit back and try to preserve the status quo. It’s going to change anyway.”
Whatever decisions Cashman makes, they will be based on 2010, not the title run that is still fresh in everybody’s minds.
“Knowing Cash and the Yankees, they probably have a long-term plan, so they’re not going to deviate from that because they played well in October and won the whole thing,” Epstein said. “Ultimately, the regular season is a better indicator of future performance than what happens in the postseason. One month shouldn’t change that, no matter how well – or poorly – they played.”
As Cashman points out, Epstein’s decision proved to be the sound one in the end.
“They won another World Series three years later, didn’t they?” Cashman said. “The job is the job. You’ve got to do what’s best for the franchise and what you think is right. That’s what you get paid to do. You can’t have five million general managers dictating what you do.”
How come you don’t hear that much about the G.M. of the Cubs talking about what the St. Louis Cardinals should/will do…with the G.M. of the Cards then acknowledging that the Cubs G.M. knows what he’s talking about?