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January 06, 2008

Brian Cashman 2001

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 2001 and how they helped or hurt the team:

No Impact:

January 3, 2001 - Signed Todd Williams as a free agent.

March 28, 2001 - Traded Glenallen Hill to the Anaheim Angels. Received Darren Blakely.

June 12, 2001 - Selected Darren Bragg off waivers from the New York Mets.

June 29, 2001 - Signed Gerald Williams as a free agent.

July 4, 2001 - Traded Brian Boehringer to the San Francisco Giants. Received Bobby Estalella and Joe Smith.

August 31, 2001 - Traded Randy Flores and Rosman Garcia to the Texas Rangers. Received Randy Velarde.

December 13, 2001 - Traded Jay Witasick to the San Francisco Giants. Received John Vander Wal.

December 18, 2001 - Traded Bernie Castro to the San Diego Padres. Received Kevin Reese.

December 21, 2001 - Signed F.P. Santangelo as a free agent.

Good Impact:

March 30, 2001 - Traded Craig Dingman to the Colorado Rockies. Received Jorge DePaula.

April 5, 2001 - Signed Todd Greene as a free agent.

June 5, 2001 - Drafted Shelley Duncan in the 2nd round of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 17, 2001. Drafted Chase Wright in the 3rd round of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 10, 2001.

June 23, 2001 - Purchased Brian Myrow from the Winnipeg (Northern).

July 12, 2001 - Signed Joaquin Arias as an amateur free agent.

Great Impact:

January 5, 2001 - Signed Robinson Cano as an amateur free agent.

November 13, 2001 - Signed Melky Cabrera as an amateur free agent.

December 7, 2001 - Traded David Justice to the New York Mets. Received Robin Ventura.

Bad Impact:

March 21, 2001 - Traded Wily Mo Pena to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Drew Henson and Michael Coleman.

February 15, 2001 - Signed Henry Rodriguez as a free agent.

June 5, 2001 - Drafted John-Ford Griffin in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 14, 2001. Drafted Bronson Sardinha in the 1st round (34th pick) of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 13, 2001.

June 13, 2001 - Traded Damaso Marte to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Enrique Wilson.

June 23, 2001 - Traded D'Angelo Jimenez to the San Diego Padres. Received Jay Witasick.

July 1, 2001 - Traded Ricardo Aramboles to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Mark Wohlers.

July 30, 2001 - Traded Brett Jodie and Darren Blakely to the San Diego Padres. Received Sterling Hitchcock.

December 7, 2001 - Signed Steve Karsay as a free agent.

December 21, 2001 - Signed Alberto Castillo as a free agent.

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

December 13, 2001 - Signed Jason Giambi as a free agent.

December 17, 2001 - Signed Rondell White as a free agent.

December 18, 2001 - Signed Sterling Hitchcock as a free agent.
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An interesting year. Two huge thumbs up on the Cano & Melky signings. But, in reality, the credit there is probably due to the Latin America guys in the front office. Most of all, looking at all the moves, this season seems to be where "it" starts for Cashman - with "it" being an inability to find good arms for the pen, a decent back-up catcher, and useful parts for the big league bench. What's worse, Mets fans can point to this season and remind us that Cashman passed on David Wright to select Bronson Sardinha in the draft.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at January 6, 2008 09:43 AM

Comments

Most of all, looking at all the moves, this season seems to be where "it" starts for Cashman - with "it" being an inability to find good arms for the pen, a decent back-up catcher, and useful parts for the big league bench.
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So what changed that "it" happened? Anyway, I'd have to disagree, given the bullpen arms and backup catchers are the flotsam and jetsam of MLB. You could throw bench parts in there too.

As durable as the players in the lineup have been, it has been easy to overlook the bench, or lack thereof.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 11:33 AM

I don't think it's fair to call the Witasick and Wohlers deals "bad" because the Yanks got them for peanuts. They didn't mortgage the farm to get them, so the net loss/gain is essentially zero. In grand scheme of things, if they didn't trade for those guys their spots would have been filled by guys who were just as likely to suck.

It's not easy to build a bullpen, consistent quality relievers are few and far between. There's so much volatility at the position that you're always taking risks. Building a good bullpen takes alot of luck.

Posted by: Mike A. [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 11:44 AM

I don't understand some of your classifications.

Neither Brian Myrow nor Joaquin Arias ever threw a single pitch in the majors. How were they good impacts?

Getting -14 career RCAA is great impact (Melky Cabrera). Getting -1 RCAA (Henry Rodriguez) is bad.

Getting 11 RSAA from Steve Karsay was bad.

What good impact has Chase Wright provided?

-9 RCAA and .240 OBA (Todd Greene) is a good impact

Posted by: Lee Sinins [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 12:16 PM

***Neither Brian Myrow nor Joaquin Arias ever threw a single pitch in the majors. How were they good impacts?***

Myrow went to LA for Sturtze, Arias went to Texas for A-Rod.

I think Wright and Shelley should get "incomplete" grades more than anything, for obvious reasons.

Posted by: Mike A. [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 12:39 PM

Myrow went to LA for Sturtze, Arias went to Texas for A-Rod.

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OK, I'll agree that you have a point with Myrow.

He was traded straight up for Sturtze. So, let's attribute Sturtze's performance to the signing of Myrow.

-15 RSAA and an ERA slightly over 3/4 of a run worse than the league average.

That's not a good impact.

As far as Arias is concerned, I did err on him. I was thinking he was a pitcher and only checked his pitching stats in the CBE. He did have 11 AB in the majors in 2006.

But, I don't consider him to be too much a part of the Rodriguez trade. At that point, he was an 18 year old who had sucked in A ball (.649 OPS). If he wasn't around to be thrown into the deal, we could easily have found someone else who sucked in A ball to take his place.

Posted by: Lee Sinins [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 12:56 PM

Given that the Yankees already had Wilson, Sojo and Bellinger in the system, how did trading Jimenez turn out to be a bad move? We had no need for a backup infielder, which is what Jimenez turned out to be, and got some league-average innings out of Witasick. Similar for Wohlers.

These lists tend to be a bit harsh on Cash.

Posted by: Croatoan [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 12:59 PM

Off Topic:

Anybody else watching yankees classic on yes right now? This is one of the most interesting games they've had on this show, the game in reference being 4/26/05. This was a day when the unthinkable happened, where 1 man stepped up his game to levels we would never see since. Thats right. Carl Pavano pitched. He got the W.

Posted by: Corey [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 01:08 PM

Lee- Texas choose Arias from a group of prospects the Yanks made available, a group that included Robbie Cano. If nothing else, Arias' tools helped keep Cano a Yank.

Posted by: Mike A. [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 01:33 PM

EVERYONE have big swing and misses in the drafts. it's really pointless unless the drafts are utter failures in every sense possible (see Astro's draft this year... or the Pirate's draft ...)

Boston picked Jason Place (who hit belowed the mendoza line in rookie ball this year) and Daniel Bard (who walked almost twice as many guys as he whiffed ) this last year before Joba Chamberlian, should Theo jump off a cliff?

Posted by: Yu Hsing Chen [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2008 04:43 AM

I think many of these moves belong under the no impact heading.

The most glaring mis-classification is the Karsay signing. Karsay was very good in 2002, and may have turned out to be productive had he not been injured. Also, Cashman hasn't always swung and missed on the bullpen since 2001. Tom Gordon wasn't a good, but a great late inning reliever for the Yankees from 2004-2005. Also, Scott Proctor, who Cashman got for a lame duck Ventura, turned in a very valuable 2006 season. As much as we'd all like to have a bullpen full of great arms, I think most teams have to settle for 2 or 3 reliable arms and fill in the rest.

Posted by: williamnyy [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2008 09:35 AM

I find it intersting that you find a way to take credit away from Cashman for signing Melky and Cano but put the blame squarely on him for passing on David wright.

Posted by: aboveavg [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2008 10:32 AM

~~I find it intersting that you find a way to take credit away from Cashman for signing Melky and Cano but put the blame squarely on him for passing on David wright.~~

fair point - and, I now take that back, on Wright

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2008 10:39 AM