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December 28, 2007

Brian Cashman 2000

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 2000 and how they helped or hurt the team:

No Impact:

January 26, 2000 - Signed Roberto Kelly as a free agent.

April 2, 2000 - Signed Lance Johnson as a free agent and signed Felix Jose as a free agent.

July 12, 2000 - Traded Ed Yarnall, Drew Henson, Brian Reith, and Jackson Melian (minors) to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Mike Frank and Denny Neagle.

August 11, 2000 - Traded Wilson Delgado to the Kansas City Royals. Received Nick Ortiz.

December 14, 2000 - Signed Brian Boehringer as a free agent.

Good Impact:

June 5, 2000 - Drafted Matt Smith in the 4th round of the 2000 amateur draft. Player signed June 21, 2000.

June 20, 2000 - Traded Jim Leyritz to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Jose Vizcaino and cash.

August 3, 2000 - Signed Luis Polonia as a free agent.

August 7, 2000 - Traded Chris Spurling to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Luis Sojo.

August 21, 2000 - Signed Dioner Navarro as an amateur free agent.

November 7, 2000 - David Cone granted Free Agency.

November 16, 2000 - Signed Damaso Marte as a free agent.

Great Impact:

May 5, 2000 - Signed Chien-Ming Wang as an amateur free agent.

June 29, 2000 - Traded Ricky Ledee, Jake Westbrook, and Zach Day to the Cleveland Indians. Received David Justice.

July 21, 2000 - Traded Ben Ford and Oswaldo Mairena to the Chicago Cubs. Received Glenallen Hill.

November 30, 2000 - Signed Mike Mussina as a free agent.

Bad Impact:

June 2, 2000 - Signed Adrian Hernandez as an amateur free agent.

June 5, 2000 - Drafted Sean Henn in the 26th round of the 2000 amateur draft. Player signed May 25, 2001.

August 7, 2000 - Selected Jose Canseco off waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

October 31, 2000 - Jeff Nelson granted Free Agency.

November 20, 2000 - Released Jason Grimsley.

November 21, 2000 - Signed Joe Oliver as a free agent.

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

June 11, 2000 - Signed Dwight Gooden as a free agent.
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This season was much, much, better than the two before it - in terms of pushing buttons and pulling strings. But, it does raise an interesting question. For people like me, who believe that the G.M. is responsible for the team's moves, at the end of the day, you have to give Cashman two huge thumbs up for the work here in 2000. However, for those who like to say that Cashman did not gain total control of the team until 2005, well, to be fair, those people can't give Cashman credit for all these good to great moves in 2000 - can they? This make sense?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 28, 2007 09:56 AM

Comments

Remember when Sojo tripped over his feet in the ALDS vs. Oakland?

Not sure what you define as "bad impact" but I'm not sure you can put Canseco on the list. Granted his acquisition was a surprise (mainly to the FO), but I believe he was productive in his time in NY. Grimsley, IIRC had a bad year and was let go. I don't think Adrian Hernandez had much of an impact.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 11:17 AM

Sean Henn is a major league caliber player, albiet barely, and was drafted in the 26th round. That's above average for someone drafted late. There is still a possibility he becomes a league average lefty reliever. How is that bad, when the barely-better Matt Smith is a good move?

Posted by: Croatoan [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 12:33 PM

How is that bad, when the barely-better Matt Smith is a good move?
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It may be because Smith was a chip used in the Abreu deal.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 01:17 PM

Ah, yes, the steroid Yankees of 2000! Quite frankly, my retrospective enjoyment of this team has taken a fatal hit.

I wonder if Cashman leveraged baseball's lax steroids policy at the time as a way to acquire players at cut-rate trade prices. With the tougher penalties in place, it seems that Cashman has lost his magic touch, eh?

If Cashman did acquire talent in this way, I agree with Steve and think that he should be fired.

Posted by: jonm [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 02:21 PM

With the exception of a few names here and there, 2000 IMO wasn't a bad year for Cash. I may only be saying that due to the fact there are a few names on their I like.

We received Neagle for Henson? We could have kept Henson to rip tickets or something.

And there is always Sojo, the 'Best .200 hitter in baseball'

I saw Leyritz on their and went over to ESPN and looks like he is getting charged for vehicular homicide. That stinks

Posted by: NJ_Rob [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 02:38 PM

Sean Henn was a draft and follow. He exploded in junior college the year after being drafted and thus the big bonus. A lefty throwing at 97? Who wouldn't have given him the money. Then came Tommy John surgery. Another example of how players don't always recover that well from such an operation.

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 02:55 PM

looks like he is getting charged for vehicular homicide. That stinks
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Yeah, especially for the dead 30-year-old woman and her family...

Posted by: jonm [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 03:23 PM

With the tougher penalties in place, it seems that Cashman has lost his magic touch, eh?
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How so? I don't see it. The "steroid yankees" only won 87 games. They were played pretty evenly in the playoffs.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 03:43 PM

looks like he is getting charged for vehicular homicide. That stinks
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Yeah, especially for the dead 30-year-old woman and her family...
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I hadn't finished the sentence and hit Post prematurely, but I do echo the sentiments made by the other posters.

Posted by: NJ_Rob [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 07:11 PM

~~~Sean Henn is a major league caliber player, albiet barely, and was drafted in the 26th round. That's above average for someone drafted late. There is still a possibility he becomes a league average lefty reliever. How is that bad, when the barely-better Matt Smith is a good move?~~~

They paid a record bonus for Henn - hence, the bust. And, yes, for Smith, it was because he became a useful trading chip.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 09:18 PM