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December 17, 2007

Brian Cashman 1999

Brian Cashman became Yankees G.M. on February 28, 1998.

It's rare for someone to be a G.M. for tens years with one team these days. Ten years does provide for some "body of work" analysis. Therefore, I thought it would be fun, this off-season, to take a look back at Cashman's "moves" during the past decade - one year at a time. (I'll try and post one year, per week, over the next ten weeks.)

Here, we'll look at Cashman's moves in 1999 and how they helped or hurt the team:

No Impact:

March 30, 1999 - Traded Darren Holmes and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Received Ben Ford and Izzy Molina.

June 2, 1999 - Drafted Alex Graman in the 3rd round of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed June 5, 1999. Drafted Andy Phillips in the 7th round of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed June 25, 1999. Drafted Kevin Thompson in the 31st round of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed June 7, 2000.

December 13, 1999 - Traded Chad Curtis to the Texas Rangers. Received Brandon Knight and Sam Marsonek.

December 14, 1999 - Traded Dan Naulty to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Nicholas Leach.

December 17, 1999 - Signed Chris Turner as a free agent.

Good Impact:

January 26, 1999 - Signed Jason Grimsley as a free agent.

February 18, 1999 - Traded Homer Bush, Graeme Lloyd, and David Wells to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Roger Clemens.

April 5, 1999 - Signed Darryl Strawberry as a free agent.

July 31, 1999 - Traded Geraldo Padua to the San Diego Padres. Received Jim Leyritz.

November 29, 1999 - Signed Mike Stanton as a free agent.

December 15, 1999 - Signed Ryan Thompson as a free agent.

Great Impact:

December 22, 1999 - Traded Hideki Irabu to the Montreal Expos. Received players to be named later and Jake Westbrook. The Montreal Expos sent Ted Lilly (March 17, 2000) and Christian Parker (March 22, 2000) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.

Bad Impact:

February 1, 1999 - Traded Mike Lowell to the Florida Marlins. Received Mark J. Johnson, Ed Yarnall, and Todd Noel.

April 5, 1999 - Signed Wily Mo Pena as a free agent.

December 6, 1999 - Signed David Cone as a free agent.

December 7, 1999 - Signed Allen Watson as a free agent.

Was Probably Not A Cashman Move & More Likely Something Done In Tampa:

None.
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This is an interesting year. The terrible decisions to bring back Watson and Cone, at the end of the season, somewhat offset the good moves on Grimsley, Stanton and Thompson. The Irabu trade was a steal - too bad that they didn't keep Lilly and Westbrook (as they would helped, for sure, this season). The Wells-Clemens deal? From 1999 to 2003, Clemens had 62 RSAA in 1004 IP and Wells had 46 RSAA in 981.3 IP. That's close. But, Wells was back in New York for 2002 and 2003. From 1999 to 2001, Clemens had 52 RSAA in 612.3 IP and Wells had 27 RSAA in 562 IP. So, yes, that trade was a good one for Cashman, then, too. The Lowell trade depends on your position. Some will say that he was blocked and it made sense. That's fine. But, the return, in the end, turned out to be a bust - albeit that the pitching prospects sounded good at the time. Ah, pitching prospects...

Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 17, 2007 12:49 PM

Comments

For the millionth time, there is a significant difference between pitching PROSPECTS like Ed Yarnall and pitchers like Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain. At this point, no one's going to convince you of things you don't agree with. So why bother? We know you don't like Cashman. We get it.

Posted by: Ben K. [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 01:20 PM

~~~For the millionth time, there is a significant difference between pitching PROSPECTS like Ed Yarnall and pitchers like Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain.~~~

New York Mets Top 5 Prospects 1998 as per Baseball America

1. Grant Roberts, rhp
2. Ed Yarnall, lhp
3. Preston Wilson, of
4. Geoff Goetz, lhp
5. Jesus Sanchez, lhp

1999 Top 10 Prospects: International League, as per Baseball America:

. *Vernon Wells, of, Syracuse (Blue Jays)
2. *Dernell Stenson, 1b, Pawtucket (Red Sox)
3. *Russ Branyan, 3b, Buffalo (Indians)
4. *Octavio Dotel, rhp, Norfolk (Mets)
5. *Bruce Chen, lhp, Richmond (Braves)
6. *Randy Wolf, lhp, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Phillies)
7. *Terrence Long, of, Norfolk (Mets)
8. *D'Angelo Jimenez, ss, Columbus (Yankees)
9. *Jerry Hairston, 2b, Rochester (Orioles)
10. *Ed Yarnall, lhp, Columbus (Yankees)
* Played in the majors

I dunno Ben, sure sounds like Yarnall was just as hyped as Ian Kennedy is now.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 01:43 PM

The return for Lowell was okay. Yarnall at the time was somewhere between Hughes and Kennedy in terms of prospect potential. The stupid move was re-signing Brosius after a fluke season. A few post-season at-bats should not cloud the fact that Brosius had an OPS+ of 84 and 70 for the first few years of that contract. That's perilously close to replacement level.

Posted by: jonm [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 01:45 PM

Kinda wondered what happened with Yarnall. He was knocked around AAA Charlotte in the Marlins system. Put up a decent year with Columbus after he was traded, but after coming up with the Yanks, he was knocked around, and kicked around baseball for a bit.

The Yanks were his 3rd organization in 3 years.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 02:50 PM

Why is Wily Mo Pena considered a bad impact signing?

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 03:00 PM

~~~Why is Wily Mo Pena considered a bad impact signing?~~~

They signed him to a big league contract, as a kid, tying up a roster spot - for years when he had no chance to help the team at that age.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 03:08 PM

They signed him to a big league contract, as a kid, tying up a roster spot - for years when he had no chance to help the team at that age.
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I thought they had him on the 40 man, not the 25 man roster?

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 03:21 PM

Kinda wondered what happened with Yarnall.
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I agree; it's a mystery. Most young prospects fail after an injury or after being given an extensive chance to fail in the big leagues. Neither of those things apply to Yarnall. Are there some "character issues" there? Who knows?

Posted by: jonm [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 03:28 PM

Steve,

What is your basis for determining which moves are Cashman moves and which are Tampa moves. You seem pretty confident that you can make this determination well enough to make a reasonable assessment of Cashman. Where does this confidence come from?

Posted by: NC Saint [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 03:33 PM

~~What is your basis for determining which moves are Cashman moves and which are Tampa moves. You seem pretty confident that you can make this determination well enough to make a reasonable assessment of Cashman. Where does this confidence come from?~~

The Tampa moves were all, for the most part, later flushed out. Everyone knows Stein signed Bernie when he was about to go to Boston. Everyone knows that Stein signed Sheffield. Everyone knows that Womack and Wright were Tampa moves. Everyone knows that Cashman whined and dined Pavano. Everyone knows that Cashman started the talks on Justice and A-Rod. This stuff has all been documented, eventually. It's not so hard to look up who was behind what.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 03:48 PM

~~Kinda wondered what happened with Yarnall.~~
Yarnall was released from the Reds in 2001 was out of baseball in 2002 then signed by the Athletics in 2003. He then bounced from the Red sox, Philly, Washington, and KC. In 2007 He played for the Long Island Ducks.

Posted by: Rich M [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 03:59 PM

Look at Yarnall's numbers vs. IPK's MiLB numbers. Or their college numbers. Or the scouting reports. It's not even close.

Kennedy is a better pitcher now than Ed Yarnall ever was. Hands down. Don't insult Ian Kennedy by comparing him to Yarnall.

Posted by: Ben K. [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 05:42 PM

~~Don't insult Ian Kennedy by comparing him to Yarnall. ~~

Ben, please. I'm not saying they are the same - just equally hyped, when at their prospect prime. And, that's fact.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2007 11:42 PM

Most young prospects fail after an injury or after being given an extensive chance to fail in the big leagues. Neither of those things apply to Yarnall.
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True, but he struggled in AAA while in the Marlins system, then put up a good year in the Yankees' system. He got the call, then struggled in MLB. The Yanks traded him for Denny Neagle the following year, and he struggled @ AAA, then bounced around a bit; Japan, the minors, and now the indy leagues.

I'd compare him to Dave Eiland, but that comp doesn't hold water; at least Eiland sustained success when he was sent to the minors.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 18, 2007 11:13 AM