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February 15, 2008

Brian Cashman 2004

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. (To see all the seasons reviewed, click here.)

Here, we'll look at Cashman's moves in 2004 and how they helped or hurt the team:

No Impact:

February 5, 2004 - Traded Jose Garcia to the Texas Rangers. Received Mike Lamb.

March 25, 2004 - Traded Mike Lamb to the Houston Astros. Received Juan DeLeon.

June 18, 2004 - Traded Gabe White to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Charlie Manning and cash.

July 19, 2004 - Signed C.J. Nitkowski as a free agent.

August 17, 2004 - Signed Shane Spencer as a free agent.

October 26, 2004 - Signed Homer Bush as a free agent.

Good Impact:

January 12, 2004 - Signed Tony Clark as a free agent.

March 12, 2004 - Signed Orlando Hernandez as a free agent.

May 15, 2004 - Traded Brian Myrow to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Tanyon Sturtze.

August 3, 2004 - Signed John Olerud as a free agent.

December 3, 2004 - Traded Felix Heredia to the New York Mets. Received Mike Stanton.

Great Impact:

February 16, 2004 - Traded Joaquin Arias and Alfonso Soriano to the Texas Rangers. Received Alex Rodriguez and cash.

June 7, 2004 - Drafted Philip Hughes in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed June 16, 2004.

Bad Impact:

February 7, 2004 - Signed Donovan Osborne as a free agent.

July 31, 2004 - Traded Jose Contreras and cash to the Chicago White Sox. Received Esteban Loaiza.

November 5, 2004 - Jon Lieber granted Free Agency.

December 3, 2004 - Traded Kenny Lofton to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Felix Rodriguez.

December 6, 2004 - Signed John Flaherty as a free agent.

December 20, 2004 - Signed Carl Pavano as a free agent.

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

January 6, 2004 - Signed Kenny Lofton as a free agent.

March 2, 2004 - Signed Travis Lee as a free agent.

December 20, 2004 - Signed Tony Womack as a free agent.

December 28, 2004 - Signed Jaret Wright as a free agent.
This is an interesting year. The Lofton, Womack and Wright signings probably ticked Cashman off – and could be part of the reason why he demanded total control on his next contract. Yet, it was a big year for Cashman – picking up A-Rod and Hughes as well as some nice grabs on guys like Clark, Sturtze. Olerud, et al. Of course, this year will always be remembered for being when Cashman put the full-court press on Pavano to get him signed. That’s what many people will always remember about 2004 in terms of Brian’s moves. (I put Lieber on the list even though I usually don’t put guys going free agent on these reports – since it’s the player that controls the option. Still, Cashman misread the market on that one and should have gotten him signed before the Mets gave the house to Kris Benson. It would have been useful to have Lieber on the 2005 Yanks – instead of Wright.)

Posted by Steve Lombardi at February 15, 2008 05:36 PM


I think it's a bit of a stretch to say letting Leiber go via free agency was a bad move. Sure he would have been nice to have in 2005, but he broke down after that year and would have been more dead salary weight.

I also don't see how signed Osborne was a bad move. Sure he didn't pitch all that well, but the Yankees did win his 2 starts, and after that he was used in long relief in blow outs (if I recall correctly). It's not like they gave up a lot to get him. It was a scrap heap move that turned out like most scrap heap moves. I say "no impact."

Finally, the Yanks also drafted Jeff Marquez that year, he's on the verge, although still unproven.

Posted by: Mike A. [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2008 06:33 PM

Yeah, I want to see Marquez throw a big league pitch before judging him here. Has he even thrown many at Triple-A?

Osborne was bad because it put him on the team - and, then, Torre used him. It was an embarrassment to see him in a Yankee uniform, in a major league game, at that stage of his career.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2008 08:52 PM

Pavano was heavily courted by other teams, including the Red Sox ... Lieber was a market read gone bad because of the idiotic Mets ... why don't you rename your blog "I Hate Brian Cashman" since that was is you come out as?

Posted by: alvarof [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2008 07:42 AM

alvarof - have you read this one?


Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2008 08:00 AM

Phil Hughes has 2 career RSAA.

The list of pitchers who were just as highly rated as Hughes who failed is as long, if not longer, than the list who succeeded.

Can we wait until he actually does anything worthy before declaring drafting him to be a great impact.

Posted by: Lee Sinins [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2008 08:59 AM

Also, as far as I'm concerned, Hughes has had a bad impact on the team.

Positives: 2 RSAA

That's just a tiny inconsequential positive

Negative: Helped cost the Yankees the acquisition of the best picher in the AL.

That's a big negative.

Maybe, he might end up being worth that very high cost. But, maybe might doesn't do it. He has to prove that he was worth that very high pricetag.

Posted by: Lee Sinins [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2008 09:03 AM