• Cashman On The Draft, 5 Years Ago

    Posted by on June 5th, 2013 · Comments (107)

    This is from Pete Abe back on May 31, 2008

    Since [Brian] Cashman gained control of scouting and player development in 2005, the Yankees have made great strides in repairing what was a largely forgotten aspect of the organization.

    If most factors are equal, Cashman said, he would prefer a college player over a high school player. That was evident last season. Of the 50 players the Yankees selected, 40 were collegians. Only five of the players they signed were high school products – although all five were taken in the early rounds.

    “I’m not risk-averse to take a high-ceiling high school player early,” Cashman said. “I just want the best talent and to be sure that the picks aren’t wasted.

    “The draft is your lifeblood. You need to have talent coming into the organization on the front end, and that’s the amateur draft and the international signings you make.”

    The Yankees have been a wild card in the draft under [Damon] Oppenheimer. Chamberlain fell because of concerns about injuries. The Yankees selected right-hander Andrew Brackman in the first round last season despite evidence that he would need Tommy John surgery (which he had in August) and the presence of Scott Boras as his advisor.

    Since this was written, the Yankees wasted high picks on Gerrit Cole, Jeremy Bleich, Scott Bittle, Cito Culver, Sam Stafford, Dante Bichette and Ty Hensley.

    Comments on Cashman On The Draft, 5 Years Ago

    1. Mr. October
      June 21st, 2013 | 3:12 pm

      Raf wrote:

      http://www.waswatching.com/archives/2007/12/brian_cashman_1_1.html

      There was one move with “Great Impact,” but the players received (Lilly and Westbrook) were eventually traded (“The Irabu trade was a steal – too bad [Cashman] didn’t keep Lilly and Westbrook (as they would helped, for sure, this season)…”

      From 1999-2000, Clemens was 27-18 (4.13 E.R.A.) in the A.L. East for world championship teams.
      From 1999-2000, Wells was 37-18 (4.46 E.R.A.) in the A.L. East for third-place teams.
      Wells was injured in 2001.

      “The Lowell trade… in the end, turned out to be a bust.”

      The rest of the transaction list includes such household names as Holmes, Ford, Molina, Graman, Phillips, Thompson, Knight, Marsonek, Naulty, Leach, Turner, and Pena.

    2. McMillan
      September 20th, 2013 | 4:07 pm

      [Fielding a contender is] easier said than done. Red Sox, Phillies, and now Angels, Dodgers, Marlins, Jays, all can attest.

      Congratulations to Cherington and the Red Sox, and Colletti and the Dodgers: the first two G.M.s in M.L.B. to clinch a playoff spot in 2013. Good luck in 2015 to Cashman and the Yankees.

      “Diamondbacks Take Umbrage at Dodgers’ Pool Party at [Chase] Field…

      … when a contingent of Los Angeles Dodgers… moved the celebration of their N.L. West-clinching 7-6 victory over the Diamondbacks… from the field to the pool, the vanquished home team was not happy.

      ‘I just think they have enough guys on that team that it’s surprising they would allow that to happen…’ infielder Bloomquist said. ‘I’ll give credit where credit’s due. They won the division… [but] I would expect someone to act with a little more class. I highly doubt the New York Yankees would do something like that.'”

      There is one New York Yankee who would act with so little class or do something like that:

      http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/kooky-cashman-claim-yanks-gm-plotted-mistress-suit-claims-article-1.1235442

      The [Dodgers] took on some hugh salary commitments on players with questionable health or ability on bad contracts. This wasn’t a large market team taking advantage of a small market team. This was large market team getting suckered by another large market team.

      Both large market teams, the sucker and the suckee, will be playing in the 2013 postseason while Cashman is updating his profile on AdultFriendFinder.com and trying to figure out what his starting rotation will be in 2014 around a $24 million-per year no. 4 starter signed through 2017.

      There are few teams that have had success following the Yankees model, Look at the Marlins two years ago for example, look at the Dodgers this year. Money doesn’t = success.

      The Dodgers are now favored to win the World Series, and can send Clayton Kershaw out at least twice in a postseason series.

      Greg H. wrote:

      [This] list of GM’s [better than] Cashman is filled with GMs whose team is competitive some of the time to infrequently, and who have all made trades and moves that you would scalp Cashman for, and a couple of whom either have zero experience (Cherington??)

      Cherington:

      “Cherington, the… Red Sox general manager, batted close to 1.000 this past winter with a series of so-called ‘mid-range’ player purchases in what was viewed as one of big-market Boston’s least glamorous buying sprees. It was such a success that rival execs are openly discussing copying the so-called ‘blueprint.'”

      Cashman:

      “Yankees’ woes stem from a wrong winter… In addition to bringing back Kuroda… the Yankees re-signed Pettitte and Rivera… It was after that when things turned south. If you want to break it down further, you could say the Yankees enjoyed a very good 2012-13 offseason from the end of the World Series Nov. 30: Martin signed with Pittsburgh on the night of the 30th.”

      Raf wrote:

      Good thing Cashman was hired.

      Yeah… Good thing. And those 15 years of experience certainly proved invaluable this season. The team was nine innings from an A.L. pennant in 2004 before “everyone in the baseball operations departments” began to report to this idiot in 2005. Nine years, $2 billion, and 1 pennant later, it’s the biggest mess in M.L.B.

    3. Mr. October
      September 24th, 2013 | 9:39 pm

      Also illogical how a GM with a team that makes the playoffs every year could possibly be ranked among the worst in baseball… The only measure of note in a GM track record is playoff appearances.

      Cashman has seven postseason appearances in eight years… in a matter of hours Cashman will have seven postseason appearances in nine years – and he will be no better and no worse than he was hours before; and next year it will be seven postseason in ten years.

      Playoff appearances are irrelevant in the evaluation of a G.M. Enjoy the offseason, Cashman…

    4. Mr. October
      October 24th, 2013 | 2:42 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      Your list of GM’s you would put ahead of Cashman is filled with GMs whose team is competitive some of the time to infrequently… and a couple of whom either have zero experience (Cherington??)

      [Yankee G.M. of 16 Years] must follow Red Sox GM [of 2 year’s] plan

      [Cashman has] just as many holes to fill as the Red Sox did a year ago, and potentially more than $100 million freed up in expired contracts – just as the Red Sox had a $261 million surplus after the salary-dump trade of Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett to the Dodgers in August of 2012.

      “… Still, when you look at how it all turned out for the Sox — hitting on eight out of eight free agent signings — Brian Cashman can only wish to have the same kind of winter this year that Ben Cherington, the second-year Red Sox general manager, had last offseason…”

      http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/madden-playoff-confidential-yanks-follow-cherington-plan-article-1.1493525

    5. Kamieniecki
      October 27th, 2013 | 11:49 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      Your list of GM’s you would put ahead of Cashman is filled with GMs whose team is competitive some of the time to infrequently, and who have all made trades and moves that you would scalp Cashman for, and a couple of whom either have zero experience (Cherington??)…

      @ Greg H.:
      Yes. Cherington. How many innings did Cashman come within a World Series title in 2013 with a $235 mil. payroll? Cashman?? When can we expect a Uehara to replace Mariano Rivera? Sooner than the catcher that will replace Posada in the long-term?
      @ Evan3457,
      @ Raf,
      @ rankdog

    6. Mr. October
      October 30th, 2013 | 11:18 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      Your list of GM’s you would put ahead of Cashman is filled with GMs whose team is competitive some of the time to infrequently, and who have all made trades and moves that you would scalp Cashman for, and a couple of whom either have zero experience (Cherington??)

      “Cashman??” I’ll take Lester, Buchholz, Lackey, and one World Series title in two years, over Sabathia, Nova, TBD, and seven postseason appearances, with one World Series title, in nine years any day…
      @ Kamieniecki

    7. Kamieniecki
      November 22nd, 2013 | 12:17 am

      Greg H. wrote:

      Your list of GM’s you would put ahead of Cashman is filled with GMs whose team is competitive some of the time to infrequently, and who have all made trades and moves that you would scalp Cashman for, and a couple of whom either have zero experience (Cherington??)

      Cherington named Executive of the Year
      Red Sox general manager crafted roster that made Boston go from worst to first

      http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/red-sox-general-manager-ben-cherington-named-executive-of-the-year?ymd=20131111&content_id=63858806&vkey=news_mlb

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