• January 2010 Survey Question #2

    Posted by on January 18th, 2010 · Comments (6)

    Please consider taking the following poll:

    {democracy:88}

    Thanks in advance. And, please feel free to add comments on your opinion in the comments section below.

    Comments on January 2010 Survey Question #2

    1. 77yankees
      January 18th, 2010 | 1:14 pm

      Gee, wonder what I voted…….

      But then again to be fair, how would Billy Beane, for example, handle it if he was given the Yankees payroll?

    2. January 18th, 2010 | 1:51 pm

      So, I have to ask the question…

      For those voting Yes, and who believe that Brian Cashman would be an effective and successful G.M. of a major league baseball team if he had a team payroll budget to work with that was in the range of $100 to $120 million (and no more than that)…so, then, why is the Yankees payroll $200 million and so far above the next team in baseball?

    3. January 18th, 2010 | 2:05 pm

      Because they’ve had to overpay to bring in the talent they want to in previous years.

      I don’t blame any of that on Cashman, it’s not his fault. When the Boss was in charge he very often overpaid for the players he wanted and set the Yankees up to be continuously viewed as the team to go to if a player wanted more money. Now that Cashman is in charge we’ve seen smarter, more cost effective decisions and more focus on player development. Cashman has proved his worth by constantly making good trades at the deadline and during the off season.

    4. Evan3457
      January 18th, 2010 | 4:15 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      So, I have to ask the question…

      For those voting Yes, and who believe that Brian Cashman would be an effective and successful G.M. of a major league baseball team if he had a team payroll budget to work with that was in the range of $100 to $120 million (and no more than that)…so, then, why is the Yankees payroll $200 million and so far above the next team in baseball?

      Because they can. Because they want to.

      Because it never has been the policy of the Yankees under the Steinbrenners to wait for talent to develop when there are holes to fill. They simply will not take down years in order to do this. Players who are brought to the majors from the farm are given very little time to do the job right away, or lose it. You know how Dustin Pedroia did his first 150 or so at bats for the Sox? If he had done that for the Yanks while George was in charge, he’d have been back in AAA by the end of April, and traded for a halfway decent #5 starter by mid-season.

      This overall organizational policy ensures that they overpay in trades and free agent signings (and make too many free agent signings).

      If Cashman only has $120 million to spend, Posada would already be gone, A-Rod would already be gone, Pettitte would be gone, and Burnett would not likely have been signed. Boom. Yanks’ payroll is down to $125 million just like a shot. Of course, they would then be an 85-90 win team, instead of a 103-win title-winning team.

      More money would be going into scouting, and international free agent signings.

      Cashman plays each part of the team building equation as his payroll limit allows. Lots of money for overpriced frontliners; minimum wage for most limited value bullpen and bench jobs.

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      In other words, being what I’d consider an intelligent man, he would adapt to the new reality, and change his strategies and tactics.-

    5. mondoas
      January 18th, 2010 | 5:32 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      I want to first say that I voted no and that is because, for the most part and except for the 1 team having a lucky year, you can’t win with that salary range. It’s basically impossible to REALLY compete and why should the Yankees pay their players in that range? Yes, some teams have been able to compete in that salary range but not for long. To get to the next part. the reason why they pay their players larger salaries is because their Brand is worth a lot more and they have the means to pay higher salaries. So, why not take what your company is making (Yes, merchandising and the like) and put it back into the team? A lot of teams don’t get that and other Brands don’t come close to the Yankees.

    6. Tresh Fan
      January 18th, 2010 | 10:51 pm

      I just read where one of the GMs who attended the recent GM & owner meetings with the commish said that, going in, most owners weren’t aware how much the job of a MLB GM has changed over the past ten years. That makes sense in a way, all job descriptions change over time; but I’m rather interested in knowing exactly what the changes in the position of General Manager have been since 1999. What do you think?

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