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Pinch hitting: Sam I Am

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 04, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

January is traditionally a slow month for baseball news. So for the second year in a row, we will showcase other blogs with a series of pinch hitters.

Next up is Sam from The Sam I Am Sports Blog

Sam is from Brooklyn. “I’m a salesman but I wish I was a sports writer,” he says. He has been blogging since Nov. 2007 and says his favorite player is Paul O’Neill. Here’s his post:

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It’s every sport fans dream to one day be the general manager of the organization he adores. You could hear this banter throughout living rooms or bars across the country.

Let’s use Theo Epstein, for example. He?s a passionate Bosox fan and we are definitely seeing the fruits from his labor. I?m not saying you could be an idiot and run a franchise just because you’re a fan. You still must be able to negotiate, be a top-notch decision maker and have a keen eye for scouting prospects.

Before you continue reading, I would like you all to know that I despise Brian Cashman. Not because he’s a bad person, but because he single-handedly ruined my Yankees.

I know many of you reading this love Cashman, think he’s brilliant and admire the “new” direction he’s taking by holding onto his prospects and signing everyone in sight.

News flash everybody: the only reason why he’s taking this approach is because he is finally realizing, you can’t win if you keep throwing big bucks at aging stars or trade away the farm for a quick midseason pick-me-up.

Bad signings or terrible non trades, No matter what, he manages to screw up. You’re probably skeptical of my harsh criticisms. Let me break this down in a timeline format so you can better understand my feelings. I will only point out notable blunders.

1999:
· Trades Mike Lowell for nothing.

2001:
· Trades Damaso Marte for Enrique Wilson, inks Sterling Hitchcock to a big contract.

2002:
· Trades Ted Lilly for Jeff Weaver.

2003:
· Inexplicably trades for Kevin Brown with his ridiculous contract.
· Trades blue-chips Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera for Javy Vazquez. He choose Vazquez over Curt Schilling, who the Bosox acquired for Casey Fossum. This costs us the ’04 series and was the reason the curse was reversed.
· Signed Gary Sheffield over Vladimir Guerrero.

2004:
· Signs Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright to monster deals, which made zero sense at the time.

2005:
· Trades a Vazquez-based package for Randy Johnson along with his contract.

2006:
· Preferred Johnny Damon over Carlos Beltran, who offered the Yankees a discount, then signs Kei Igawa without even scouting him.

2007:
· Re-signs A-Rod, who had just finished crippling the Yankees in the playoffs, and gives him another HUGE contract.

2008:
· Doesn’t trade for Johan Santana or Miguel Cabrera when he certainly had the chips in hand.
· A season later, signs CC Sabathia to substitute for Santana, so he’d rather CC and Mark Teixeira than Johan and Miguel? Insanity!

· Signs A.J. Burnett to the most head scratching contract of all time. How could you give him all that money for all those years?

On top of all this, His drafts have been putrid. Aside for Joba, which one of his draftees impacted the majors? He drafted Bronson Sardina over David Wright for crying out loud. How Cashman manages to escape the media’s criticisms is beyond me.

Bottom line, He’s not that good.

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Thanks to Sam for contributing. In Cashman’s defense, several of these moves he had nothing whatsoever to do with including Sheffield, Johnson, Wright and any draft picks before 2006.

Coming tomorrow: Jeff from Bronx Insider.

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346 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Sam I Am”

  1. cgar January 4th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    by far the best guest blog so far

  2. Buddy Biancalana January 4th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Wow! Just because you have a blog doesn’t mean that you have any idea what you are talking about.

    Can Rebecca pinch hit again?

  3. Will January 4th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    “In Cashman’s defense, several of these moves he had nothing whatsoever to do with including Sheffield, Johnson, Wright and any draft picks before 2006.”

    then why would you let this post go up if half of his reasoning for hating cashman is incorrect?

  4. cgar January 4th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    another cash mistake is sheff instead of vlad.

  5. Real Yankee Fan January 4th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Sam = Steve Lombardi

    Hey Genuis! You thought we could have traded for Santana AND Cabrera?! You blame Cashman for not drafting David Wright? Do you even know the Mets drafted Aaron Heilman ahead of Wright? And what about the other 29 teams that passed up on him?

    You also seem to have forgotten that it wasn’t only the Yankees who were after Pavano.

    And about resigning A-rod? You watched the games in 2007 right? They wouldn’t have even been in the playoffs if not for Alex.

    You really are a fan – just like every other i-diot who calls WFAN and wants Joba back in the bullpen. You’re a disgrace to every Yankee fan with half brain and common sense.

  6. Tseng January 4th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    You’re contradicting yourself a bit here. You rail on Cashman for trading away the farm for people and then you rail on him for not trading the farm for Cabrera and Santana.

    You can’t justify trading for those two over signing Tex and CC because of the (non) contributions that Melky, Ian, Phil etc have made to the team because that’s basing your argument on hindsight.

    I, for one, prefer singing Tex and CC and giving up a 1st and 2nd round draft pick rather than trading all of our best prospects for Miguel/Johan and then still having to pay them a ton of money.

  7. Jack January 4th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Fun fact: Carl Pavano turned down larger contract offers from the Reds and Red Sox in order to sign with the Yankees.

  8. Tseng January 4th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Oh, but I agree with some of your other blunders. Yet, I question how much control Cash really had of the organization with regards to Georgie and his meddling.

  9. BR January 4th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Hahaha.

    1. Yankees did not have the chips to trade for both Santana and Miggy. Thinking they did is insanity.
    2. Lets see: CC. Tex. Hughes, Cano and more or Santana and Miggy??? Toy have to be an idiot to say Santana and Miggy. I’d take CC, Tex, Hughes, Cano and more in a heartbeat.

    Most of those moves listed being Cashman’s doing is INSANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mosr of the moves listed was Steinbrenners doing.

    Get some good reasoning as to why Cashman isnt good, and look at the facts, and look into the deals. Then post why he isnt that good.

  10. Bobby January 4th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    um Cashman DEFINTELY was Jaret Wright. The other mentioned by Pete were George but Wright was Cashman’s call. Unless Pete is privy to info that other reporters aren’t

  11. PAT M January 4th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    I’m not buying waht your selling Sam……After the first rounds of these auditions, do we get a Rebecca encore…..

  12. Manimal January 4th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Sorry but this is BS. Sorry to be a party pooper but definately the worst so far. Way to negative and not totally true. Next.

  13. Real Yankee Fan January 4th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    BTW, Samidiot, my guess is that Pete allowed your nonsense on his blog just to draw traffic. It’s a little too boring when everything is all and well.

    So Pete, good job. Cheers.

  14. Real Yankee Fan January 4th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    cgar = Sam

    Hey if you haven’t noticed you’re the only person agreeing with this bafoon’s post. Not a good job in disguising yourself.

  15. Chris V. January 4th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Jesus this is moronic.

  16. Agent 86 January 4th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Peter,

    What are the prerequisites to be a guest blogger again?

  17. cgar January 4th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    I agree with what most of you are saying.. i don’t despise sheff like this guy, but i also don’t love him. the brown trade, the pavano and wright signings, and many more i’m too drunk to think of were terrible. I do like the direction he has gone in. This guy’s Cabrera scenario is ridiculous. Also I don’t like Pete defending Cash with the “In Cashman’s defense, several of these moves he had nothing whatsoever to do with including Sheffield..”

    Cash should have convinced George otherwise.. Cash should have done whatever it took to get Vlad instead of Sheff.. or quit if he really had that little power.

  18. cgar January 4th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    No I’m not Sam “real Yankee fan”

    I’m just writing b/c I HATE the last couple guest blogs. they’re all bad freshman english essays not baseball news or opinion.

  19. Stew January 4th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Wow a lot of inaccuracies. Might want to brush up on Buster Olney’s “Fall of the Yankees Dynasty.” He mentions how Cash money wanted Vlad over Sheff but was overruled by Steinbrenner. 2005 is when they decided to get the Big Unit and not Beltan. It was the following year he decided to get Damon.

    If we got Santana and Cabrera, our farm system would be barren. Why is that a good idea?

    George…is that you from 1987?

  20. thomas January 4th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    first of all Theo and the sox have acquired Lugo, Drew, Coco, Gagne, Clement. all bad moves as well. no gm is gunna be perfect. brian cashman has been the gm of a team that has won the divison 9 times, the al penent 5 times and the ws three times. ILL TAKE IT!!!!!!!!

  21. CM January 4th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Cashman is around for a reason. Everyone is entitled to a few mistakes…even you for writing that blog post. If everything went as planned for the Yankees, I can certainly assure you that Cashman would be President of the United States instead of the GM for the Yankees.

    Even Paulie O. made some. Cut the man some slack. Getting Sabathia, Tex, Burnett amazes me in itself. Quite a haul for a bad GM even if the Yanks did throw money at them. Cheer up.

  22. Bob January 4th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    One easy lesson in how to get people to avoid reading your blog.

  23. Jon January 4th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Guys we should be more courteous to the guest blogger. Criticism is good, but their is no reason to call him idiot and etc. Cashman has made some bad signings and that is a fact and probably should have done more to persuade George from signing some others. But to his defense he has more big signings and transactions than any other GM. If Billy Beane could make that many big signings I’m sure he would make many more mistakes too. Or I could be wrong.

  24. hobbie January 4th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I agree with your admiration for Paul Oneil.

    I did not like the Kevin Brown and Randy Johnson trades

    Some of these deals might be blamed on upper management

    You did a good job as guest host because you are stimulating discussion, even if most of it is in the form of abuse and personal attacks. :>)

  25. Dan January 4th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    “Guys we should be more courteous to the guest blogger. Criticism is good, but their is no reason to call him idiot and etc.”

    Could not agree more. Let’s try to be a bit nicer here. I can understand not liking what Sam has to say, but please try to be polite. The only thing you accomplish by being hurtful is making yourself look bad. There are other ways to disagree with things. Use your brain.

    As far as the post goes, I don’t necessarily agree, but Sam had the courage to put something together for all of you. Try to show a little respect, even if you don’t like it.

  26. Andrew Vazzano January 4th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    I’m a Mets fan and I even think this is downright terrible.

  27. Nick January 4th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Sam,

    Excellent post. Don’t let the “Go Cashmoney!!” groupies bring you down. Cashman has made mistake after mistake but can just throw $400 million around during a recession to cover it all up and sweep it under the rug.

    Props to Pete as well for posting a different angle rather than the usual apologists who pile everything on George or Hank.

  28. Tri-Force January 4th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    I see people still can’t critique without name calling. Show the guy some respect… he certainly has more guts than the anonymous poster on this blog.

  29. Unanimous January 4th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Comedy gold!

    Nice photo, too. Very butch.

  30. Tseng January 4th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    What’s with people who complain about money being spent during a recession? Did I miss something in Econ? If we get mad at people for spending money during a recession… won’t that prolong the recession?

    Granted buying baseball players probably won’t stimulate the economy that much, but I fail to see how it’s really going to hurt it.

  31. AJ January 4th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    This is idiotic. You point out every crappy move, but don’t mention any of the good ones.

    Yes, he traded Lowell to Florida, but only because they just signed Brosius to a three year extension (and Tino was already blocking any tranisiton to first base). And they got Ed Yarnall for Lowell, who was a “can’t miss” pitching prospect who did miss. Basically, it was one good prospect for another. Then in June, he trades 4th outfielder Ricky Ledee (along with Zach Day and Westbrook) for David Justice, who was absolutely vital in the 2000 championship run. He also traded Jim Leyritz for Jose Vizcaino – a hero in the 2000 World Series. Then, after a bad 2001 for Justice, he traded him to the Mets for Ventura, who gave us an All Star year…and then the next year acquired Boone. In 2006, he acquired Abreu and Lidle for absolutely nothing as well.

    Yeah, he missed out on Miggy Cabrera, but were they ever looking at Cabrera? He signed ARod to a 10-year extension, and it wasn’t until Cabrera got to Detroit that he made the switch to first base because he is so slow and chubby.

    Vazquez was a GREAT pick up at the time. He was coming off a very nice year and was young. He was one of the best young pitchers in the game. Cash had to make this move because he just lost Clemens and Pettitte to the Astros. While Johnson was a great prsopect, he didn’t stay healthy, plus they still had Giambi for a few years. Rivera has turned into a decent (not great) player, and Randy Choate wasn’t good. That was a great deal at the time (and Vazq

  32. Harris January 4th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Cashman is the poster child for “right place, right time”.

    He rode Stick/Showalter/Watson to all those titles and the more involved he got as time elapsed, the worse the team became and the end result was last year with no playoffs, no farm system, and $200 million dollars worth of 35 yr old mercenaries.

    Theo runs circles around him

  33. Jamal G. January 4th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    1999: At the time, this was a heralded move. Ed Yarnall was considered a top pitching prospect in the Florida Marlins’ system. To call the return “nothing” is just painfully short-sighted and completely looking at in a hindsight matter – which is wholly unfair.

    2002: Jeff Weaver was a pitcher coming off his age-24 season that saw him make 30 starts for the third straight year and pitch 200 innings for the second straight year. How one could me upset with an acquisition of a guy like tha perplexes me. 2001 allow saw Weaver post an FIP of 3.87 in his age-24 season, while – again – pitching 200+ innings for the second straight season. No GM would not salivate over an arm like that.

    2003: Nick Johnson was expendable due to Jason Giambi hitting 82 HR’s and 217 RBI in his first two seasons as a Bronx Bomber, and Juan Rivera’s career-high OBP was .311 (2002) as a Yankee. Javier Vazquez just had a bad second half in the Bronx that was highlighted by his postseason struggles (personally, I think the Yankees gave up on him too quickly, but that’s for another day). New York actually beat Boston for the trade of Javier Vazquez; Curt Schilling was Boston’s Plan B. Lastly, George Steinbrenner famously negotiated with Garry Sheffield against the wishes of Brian Cashman and some in the Yankees’ front office (who wanted Vladimir Guerrero).

    2004: Carl Pavano was one of the most coveted free-agent pitchers in that off-season, it made great sense at the time. Also, Jaret Wright was signed to a three-year deal (of which he served just two) for an AAV of $7M (“monster deal”? Really?).

    2005: Randy Johnson won 34 games as a New York Yankee with a FIP of 3.78 and 4.27 in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, respectively. Choosing this trade as an example of one of Cashman’s failed acquisitions is just wrong.

    2006: First of all, Carlos Beltran was acquired by the Mets in the same off-season as Randy Johnson was by the Yankees; why you chose to separate the two by years makes zero sense to me. Anyways, George Steinbrenner picked Randy Johnson over Carlos Beltran because of the 2004 debacle, and his belief that the rotation needed upgrades more than anything. This was not Brian Cashman.

    2007: Right, Alex Rodriguez was the lone and single reason why the New York Yankees fell to the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Anaheim Angels and Boston Red Sox in the 2007 ALDS, 2006 ALDS, 2005 ALDS and 2004 ALCS, respectively. No doubt, it was only ARod that dropped the ball.

    2008: You can’t be serious with this, this is obviously just a joke. If you were actually serious with this entire post… then, you are ignorant.

  34. AJ January 4th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    This is idiotic. You point out every crappy move, but don’t mention any of the good ones.

    Yes, he traded Lowell to Florida, but only because they just signed Brosius to a three year extension (and Tino was already blocking any tranisiton to first base). And they got Ed Yarnall for Lowell, who was a “can’t miss” pitching prospect who did miss. Basically, it was one good prospect for another. Then in June, he trades 4th outfielder Ricky Ledee (along with Zach Day and Westbrook) for David Justice, who was absolutely vital in the 2000 championship run. He also traded Jim Leyritz for Jose Vizcaino – a hero in the 2000 World Series. Then, after a bad 2001 for Justice, he traded him to the Mets for Ventura, who gave us an All Star year…and then the next year acquired Boone. In 2006, he acquired Abreu and Lidle for absolutely nothing as well.

    Yeah, he missed out on Miggy Cabrera, but were they ever looking at Cabrera? He signed ARod to a 10-year extension, and it wasn’t until Cabrera got to Detroit that he made the switch to first base because he is so slow and chubby.

    Vazquez was a GREAT pick up at the time. He was coming off a very nice year and was young. He was one of the best young pitchers in the game. Cash had to make this move because he just lost Clemens and Pettitte to the Astros. While Johnson was a great prsopect, he didn’t stay healthy, plus they still had Giambi for a few years. Rivera has turned into a decent (not great) player, and Randy Choate wasn’t good. That was a great deal at the time (and Vazquez was an All Star, but he did have a really bad second half).

    He then turned Javy into Randy Johnson…and while he was a disappointment, Randy still had 17 wins in both seasons.

    I understand if you are not a fan of Cash, but he has made plenty of good deals that shouldn’t be overshadowed by your disliking of him. At least look at both sides of a deal, because most of the time he dealt a surplus (or crap) for a need that made sense at the time. Remember, bud, hindsight is 20/20.

  35. Sevendust January 4th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Ironically, this team has gotten worse in each year after Cashman gained full control.

    Our last year in which we got past the 1st round was 2004, the final year of the “Tampa Fraction” and the remains of his influence was on the 2005 team, which took the dreaded Angels to a game 5 and would have won if not for a collision in the OF.

    Since then, we have been non-competitive in the playoffs. The Detroit Tigers knocked us out with Rogers/Bonderman. The Indians shut us down and Paul Byrd eliminated us in our own building. And of course this year.

  36. Andrea January 4th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    While I really don’t agree with any of this, Sam I Am is entitled to his opinion and did a fairly good job stating it.

  37. AJ January 4th, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Sorry for the double post, somehow submitted the first one mid-sentence. Apologies.

  38. Welcome to NY Tex!! January 4th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    What an awful post. Obviously there are many sthings in that post that Cashman had nothing to do with. But I will just address one. Cash did not want to bring Arod back. He was ready to move on but Hank/Hal wanted him back. Mostly to make $$$ off of him.

  39. Sevrx January 4th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Don’t forget he had to pay Sabathia $60 million more than the next highest bidder and forced him to come here.

    And giving 32 yr old injury prone AJ Burnett a 5-yr deal.

    Teixeria was a smart move though, he gets props for that. Makes up for passing on Beltran

  40. Armchair Cashman January 4th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Easily the most ignorant and ill-informed post I’ve read on LoHud. I will be sure to not visit this guest’s blog ever, and I hope Pete Abraham will be more selective in the future with who his guest bloggers are, as this reflects poorly on him too for allowing such schlock on his page.

  41. yankee 822 January 4th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    We are fortunate that Hank/Hal overruled Cashman on A-Rod.

    Could you imagine our offense last year without him? We would be LUCKY to win 75 games. Remember how dreadful that 3 week stretch was without him watching Ensberg in there? Well that would have been the case for the entire year.

    Love him or hate him, we need him.

  42. DMan77 January 4th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    I haven’t commented in awhile, but Cashman has been a good GM for the Yanks.

    It’s easy to only look at one side of the picture, but as others have pointed out, there’s a multitude of positive things Cashman has done for this organization.

    Hindsight is always 20/20.

  43. Tseng January 4th, 2009 at 1:15 am

    I wasn’t a big fan of the AJ move. I would have preferred Sheets, unless there’s something medically with him that they’re not telling us about. Getting Tex and CC were necessities for the team if they wanted to compete next year, though, so no matter how those turn out I can’t really fault him too much.

  44. frantickity January 4th, 2009 at 1:15 am

    “Re-signs A-Rod, who had just finished crippling the Yankees in the playoffs”

    Hey it’s one thing if you think the arod contract was crazy, but you are crazy to say arod crippled the 2007 playoff team. The real cripplers were Wang and Jeter and Posada. Look it up.

    “so he’d rather CC and Mark Teixeira than Johan and Miguel? Insanity!”

    I am still not quite sure if CC is better than Johan. But Teixeira’s defense gives him a nice edge over Miggy-C. Oh, also Sabathia didn’t cost any prospects other than the draft pick. So, you are insane to think signing CC and Tex is worse than giving the same megadeals to Johan/Miggy while also giving up Hughes/A-Jax/SeveralOtherDudes. Clearly, you lack patience.

  45. Schmitz@dingers January 4th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    hogwash.

    it’s been stated already, but how about the fact that we get to keep hughes, joba, cano, and whomever else AND get CC and Teix. i don’t understand your gripe. and i don’t think you’re a dummy so you probably realized this and just failed to mention it because it would render your argument useless. which kinda makes you a dummy. but i mean that in the nicest possible way

    this is FJM worthy

  46. mike in sf January 4th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Wow Sam I Am, I’m truly amazed. I might have to start checking out your blog regularly for a good laugh.

    I’m not defending Cashman. I get incredibly embarrassed when fellow Yankee fans argue loudly and have most of their facts wrong.

  47. South Coast January 4th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Our wonderful farm system was the reason we had to sign Burnett to that absurd deal.

  48. YankeeJosh January 4th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Let’s break this down one by one”

    1999:
    · Trades Mike Lowell for nothing.

    I agree, terrible trade, though the Yanks had Brosius at Third and were attempting to get some pitching prospects, but Ed Yarnell was a bust.

    2001:
    · Trades Damaso Marte for Enrique Wilson, inks Sterling Hitchcock to a big contract.

    Yeah, in hindsight that’s a bad deal, but the Yankees needed a utility bat then and Marte was a midling middle relief prospect.

    2002:
    · Trades Ted Lilly for Jeff Weaver.

    I hated this trade when it happened. Most loved it though and thought Weaver would be great. I liked the lefty pitcher. But didn’t Cashman also get Lily (and Jake Westbrook)for Irabu? Pretty good trade I’d say.

    2003:
    · Inexplicably trades for Kevin Brown with his ridiculous contract.

    I agreee it was a bad trade, but it was a salary dump and got rid of Weaver, who as you pointed out was a disaster.

    · Trades blue-chips Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera for Javy Vazquez. He choose Vazquez over Curt Schilling, who the Bosox acquired for Casey Fossum. This costs us the ‘04 series and was the reason the curse was reversed.

    In hindsight it was a bad move. But I confess I loved the move at the time. I thought Vazquez would be a Pedro-lite type pitcher for us, and didn’t want Schilling who was advancing in age. And Nick Johnson is always injured, and Juan Rivera has been mainly a fourth outfielder. Hard to kill the trade.

    · Signed Gary Sheffield over Vladimir Guerrero.

    That was George’s call and it’s pretty well known. Agreed it was a mistake but wasn’t Cashman’s call. In fact, Cash wanted Vlad.

    2004:
    · Signs Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright to monster deals, which made zero sense at the time.

    Jaret Wright made no sense. Everyone wated Pavano, he seemed to finally be healthy and ready to dominte. It didn’t happen but not exactly a bad move at the time.

    2005:
    · Trades a Vazquez-based package for Randy Johnson along with his contract.

    I know Randy Johnson was not well liked around here but he won 19 games in his two seasons, dominated the Red Sox and pitched us to the playoffs and a division title in 2005. Two years of Johnson proved more valuable than anything Vazquez became. This was a no-brainer deal and even though Randy wasn’t as advertised, he still delivered more than Vazquez for the Yanks.

    2006:
    · Preferred Johnny Damon over Carlos Beltran, who offered the Yankees a discount, then signs Kei Igawa without even scouting him.

    Where to even begin? Beltran is a very good player who is over-paid. Not signing him was a mistake but at the time it was a choice between him and pitching (RJ) and the Yankees had Bernie still, pitching was a bigger need. And Damon has done very well as a table setter for the Yankees. As for Igawa, he’s a bust, but it was just money, so no harm there.

    2007:
    · Re-signs A-Rod, who had just finished crippling the Yankees in the playoffs, and gives him another HUGE contract.

    Not sure how much that was Cash’s decsion but I wanted to cut ties with A-Rod last year too, and spend the money on multiple players.

    2008:
    · Doesn’t trade for Johan Santana or Miguel Cabrera when he certainly had the chips in hand.
    · A season later, signs CC Sabathia to substitute for Santana, so he’d rather CC and Mark Teixeira than Johan and Miguel? Insanity!

    Miguel Cabrera is a disaster. He can’t stay healthy, can’t field and is a one dimensional player, just the type the Yankees don’t need. Santana is a great pitcher and I wanted him but the Yankees kept their prospects and got a comparble pitcher to Santana this off-season.

    · Signs A.J. Burnett to the most head scratching contract of all time. How could you give him all that money for all those years?

    Agreed, but let’s see where it goes. AJ hasn’t pitched a game for us yet. You could be eating those words.

    On top of all this, His drafts have been putrid. Aside for Joba, which one of his draftees impacted the majors? He drafted Bronson Sardina over David Wright for crying out loud. How Cashman manages to escape the media’s criticisms is beyond me.

    Cashman doesn’t run the draft. He has input, but that isn’t his job.

    Bottom line, He’s not that good.

    You omitted a lot of his good moves there too. Trading for Justice in 2000, picking up Chacon in 2005 to help rebuild the staff that year. Signed Mike Mussina twice.

    Cashman’s not perfect, but he’s learned from his mistakes, and done a great job this off-season. All said, he’s done a lot more good than bad and I can’t agree with your premise.

  49. frantickity January 4th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    ARod crippled the 2007 ayneke playoff chances???
    Hey it’s one thing if you think the arod contract was crazy, but you are crazy to say arod crippled the 2007 playoff team. The real cripplers were Wang and Jeter and Posada. Look it up.

    And you think taking CC/Tex over Johan/MiggyC is insanity???
    I am still not quite sure if CC is better than Johan. But Teixeira’s defense gives him a nice edge over Miggy-C, especailly when it comes to the latter years of a contract. Oh, also Sabathia didn’t cost any prospects other than the draft pick. So, you are insane to think signing CC and Tex is worse than giving the same megadeals to Johan/Miggy while also giving up Hughes/A-Jax/SeveralOtherDudes. Clearly, you lack patience. And how the heck could they trade for both Johan and Miguel cabrera in the same offseason? That would have been impossible. What was much more possible was throwing a boatlad of money at CC and Tex this offseason, and that’s exactly what the Yanks did. It made sense.

  50. AROD fan January 4th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Great Post Sam I Am! I’m not saying I agree with all of your opinions re: Cash (although I definitely agree with some of them) but kudos for having the balls to post a real opinion, a different opinion, and for starting an exciting discussion. This is one of the best discussions I’ve seen on this blog.

    And now that I think about it, I love your timing with this post. Just because Cash just happened to sign 3 big free agents (as nick said, during a recession) should not mean he gets a free pass. There must be more to this GM thing.

    I don’t personally believe any GM could be all-powerful enough to singlehandedly make or break any team, but at the same time It’s worth questioning what Cash actually has done to prove himself.

  51. waitwhat January 4th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    waitwhat

    why the hate for the post?

    where has Cashman contributed to a Yankees WS besides a few minor quality signings here and there? Don’t give me a Justice or a Ventura, the Yankees had their winning etched pre-cash regardless of this.

    isn’t winning the WS the goal for the Yankees every year?

    how have they done in that area with cashman’s touch.

    not so well.

    people like cash because he speaks humbly and intelligently and gives the yankees a good public face to make up for the steinbrenner clowns….move wise he’s done nothing for the fans

  52. Natalie January 4th, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Wow .. stick to sales.

  53. Tseng January 4th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    I’m not saying that Cash is an awesome GM, but he certainly doesn’t deserve the criticism leveled at him in this post.

  54. daneptizl January 4th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Fail.

  55. Michael Bezloch January 4th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    You look like a tool.

  56. Ben January 4th, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Good attempt, but really…

    Most of this info is inaccurate, and many of the same moves would’ve been made by almost any other GM in his shoes, if not worse moves.

    Truth is, Cashman would NOT still have a JOB in New York if he weren’t that good…

  57. Stew January 4th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    If you don’t want Arod, then you have to give me a player who would have replaced him. Because Miggy can’t play a lick of defense. Again, instead of just spending the CASHman, we would have had to trade youngsters.

    If Hughes just becomes a decent 3rd or 4th starter and C.C. is slightly worse than Johan, then not trading for Johan is a brilliant move. That analysis is a few years away.

  58. Cm January 4th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    If you think the Yankees could have had both Santana and Miggy…well that couldn’t be further from the truth. Santana was the priority but Cashman held his ground (ultimately for Sabathia…and it worked out). Besides, the Yankees didn’t have enough legit prospects to trade for both of them.

  59. Matt - NYY fan in Boston January 4th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    It’s also Cashman who replenished our farm system to give us some talented prospects, including Joba.

    I only agree with the Sheff/Vlad one. Vlad is still a monster at bat and still has the ability to field. Sheff and Vlad were both very talented hitters that gave pitchers a scare, but Vlad would have been a better choice.

    Trading all of the prospects in the organization is a huge mistake. That way we will have no young talent or backups if people get hurt or decline.

    Signing CC and AJ gives us a rotation of CC/Wang/AJ/Joba/Hughes. Wang is the only person whose contract expires at the end of the year. Joba and Hughes will most likely face arbitration. With that rotation, we give talented pitching prospects more time to develop pitches and not be rushed into the majors. The bulk of our rotation is set for the next few years. Than if CC decides to opt out, or Wang goes elsewhere, we could have players like Brackman, Betances, Banuelos, Heredia, McAllister, and more ready to go.

    He is entitled to his opinion and let him have his own opinion. We have our own opinions and a lot of them oppose this.

  60. bigjf January 4th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Most of the bad moves pointed out were either George’s moves (Sheffield, Randy…) or made sense at the time. What was so special about Ted Lilly when he was with us? Nick Johnson has been healthy for like a total of 20 games. A-Rod is one of (if not the best) 3B in baseball. If ownership is willing to pony up the money to keep him, why wouldn’t you want him?

    The only moves he made that I truly question are Jaret Wright and the Igawa contract, but at least he isn’t making $13 million. Want to add Kyle Farnsworth? Fine.

    A.J. Burnett is a huge risk, I admit that, but can he be any worse than Barry Zito for the Giants? We’ll see…

    As for CC and Teixeira over Santana and Cabrera, I agree wholeheartedly with that decision. Yes, Santana is better than CC, but Cabrera is not better than Teixeira, despite being younger. Now a 1B, Cabrera looks even less attractive than when he was a 3B. CC and Tex cost only money. Santana and Cabrera would cost equal money and prospects.

    Worst blog post yet, IMO. Next time you want to make me laugh, say something funny, rather than something you were serious about that ended up coming off as a joke.

  61. Matt - NYY fan in Boston January 4th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Sorry for the double post, but I would like to ask a question:
    Would you rather trade a bunch of prospects with high upside for Johan and Cabrera (in your ideas)
    or
    Keep the talented prospects and sign A-Rod, Teixeira, and Sabathia.

    Instead of one hitter, we have two. One who has won 3 MVP awards already and can break the all-time HR record in the future AND a player with gold-glove defense who is entering his prime.
    We still have an ace, both of them are lefties. One of them may only be with us 3 years (CC) whereas we could be stuck with Johan for 6 years, even during his declining years. Granted, we don’t know if CC will opt out, but don’t count it out of the question.

  62. Patrick Bateman January 4th, 2009 at 1:55 am

    There’s a reason you’re a salesman and not a sportswriter. You didn’t do any research for this post.

    I think Cashman is a terrible GM, but you gotta blame him for his mistakes, not the mistakes of others.

    Shef over Vlad was Steinbrenner’s call. Big Stein signed him over a cheeseburger lunch in Tampa by himself.

    The request by Arizona for Curt Schilling was Soriano and Nick Johnson. It was a ridiculous request considering what they were asking Boston for. It was all due to Steinbrenner snatching David Wells from Arizona after he had already made a verbal agreement with them. Nobody would have given Arizona Soriano+Johnson. Not even your hero Theo Epstein.

    He did pass on Beltran, but not for the reasons you state. Tampa wanted Randy Johnson. Cashman just decided that adding another big money player was too much. His fault here was trying to be too frugal, when he should have picked up Beltran on top of Johnson.

    He had nothing to do with signing A-Rod after the opt out.

  63. A.D. January 4th, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Matt, Wang is still under team arb control until after the 2011 season, not sure if that’s what you meant or not for contract expiring

  64. Potch January 4th, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Yes, let’s see exactly how bad Cashman is.

    He took over from Bob Watson in 1998, the first of three straight years of titles. In his first offseason, he traded for Chuck Knoblauch and Scott Brosius, and we picked up Orlando Hernandez and Chili Davis. For all that he gave up: Eric Milton, Christian Guzman, Kenny Rogers and Brian Buchanan. Oh, and he bought the contract of a kid named Soriano…

    1999? He trades for Roger Clemens. Despite his possible steroid connection, how’d THAT trade work out for ya? Gave up: David Wells, Homer Bush and Graeme Lloyd.

    2000, midseason picks up Glenallen Hill, David Justice, Jose Canseco and Denny Neagle (who, admittedly sucked with us, but sure seemed like a great pickup at the time.) For these guys we gave up: Ricky Ledee, Jake Westbrook, Ben Ford, Ed Yarnall, Drew Henson and Jackson Melian. World beaters, all.

    2001, signed Mike Mussina. Nuff said, I believe.

    2002, Signed Giambi, Rondell White (a lauded move at the time) and the best pinch hitter in baseball at the time, John Vander Wal. Traded for excellent glove man Robin Ventura to replace retired Brosius. Picked up Raul Mondesi for Scott Wiggins. Okay, maybe not his best offseason, but at the time the lineup looked fierce.

    2003, Signs Hideki Matsui, John Flaherty and Jose Contreras. Trades Brandon Claussen for Aaron Boone.

    2004, Trades Soriano for A-Rod. Love A-Rod or hate him, this deal has been a STEAL for the Yankees. Signs Sheffield. Okay, Vlad had the staying power, but also missed a bunch of time in 2003 with BACK INJURIES. A LOT of teams were leary of signing him because of this. And yes, he traded Nick Johnson and NOT-a-blue-chip player Juan Rivera for Javier Vazquez, but AT THAT TIME, it seemed like a GREAT move! Better than Schilling, who that offseason even admitted himself, it was the smarter move to get the 27 year old instead of the 37 year old for the same two players. It’s revisionist history to think getting Vazquez was a bad move. He DID have an All-Star first half, and only started tanking in the second half after Moose, Liber AND Brown went down with injuries. He went from being #3 or 4 to #1 in a span of three weeks, and that probably messed his head up. And yeah, Brown basically sucked, but we gave up what? Jeff Weaver? Yancy Brazoban? Oh yeah, and despite all these “bad” moves, we were STILL THEE OUTS FROM THE WORLD SERIES.

    2005, Signed Tom Gordon, a good move. Johnson trade, ill-advised and NOT a Cashman move, he wanted Beltran. That was George’s last big over-rule. Oh, and three kids signed under Cashman’s watch all made the majors: Cano, Wang and Melky.

    2006, Signs Johnny Damon, completely screwing the Sox (remember, they missed the playoffs that year and had to trade their best blue chip (Marte) at the time for Coco Crisp) Brings in Bobby Abreu, Brian Bruney, Shawn Chacon and Cory Lidle for basically nothing midseason and his reclamation signing Aaron Small basically saves our season for us. Oh yeah, and two of our draftees help again in Jeff Karstens and Scott Proctor.

    2007, Signs Doug Mientkiewicz and Andy Pettitte. Brings back Roger Clemens. Trades for Jose Molina. And admist a rotation beseiged by injury, four more draftees help push us into the playoffs for the 13th year in a row, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Shelley Duncon and Joba Chamberlain.

    2008, midseason trade for Nady & Marte was brilliant. Pudge was–at the time–an excellent move. Some might say not making the Santana trade was a terrible move. But I personally would rather have missed the playoffs one year than to have not only be held up for Santana prospect wise (and yes, we would have had to give WAY better prospects than the Mets did) but then have to PAY him like a free agent.

    2009, Better to wait the year and throw everything you could at Sabathia, another Cy Young-winning, late 20′s lefty who we got for… JUST MONEY. Burnett, admittedly an iffy signing health wise, but if he HAS turned a corner, look out AL! And Tex is just a damned good signing, period. Suddenly Cano, Jeter and A-Rod’s defense ALL improved. Oh, and our unheralded move, picking up Nick Swisher for a bench player, great move!

    So yeah, you are quick to point out Cashman’s (and in some cases, George’s) failings, but there was an awful lot of good going on as well. No GM is perfect, not even Theo. (Who won two of those World Series with a lot of help from a guy DAN DUQUETTE signed, Manny Ramirez.)

  65. TO January 4th, 2009 at 2:17 am

    this guy is a joke, stupid post and a waste of time

  66. bart January 4th, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Hey Sam,in your scathing attack of Cashman,you didn’t mention the 4 World Series won in 5 yrs,or did you greedily forget those details,when all Yankees fans celebrated with Cashman?
    You also forget Big Stein had his hand in the deals,much to Cashman’s disapproval. If Big Stein said get the player Cashman got him.
    As a side note….
    I have friends in the Nat’l league central division (cardinals) that have thanked the Yankees for taking CC OUT of their division,because he killed them,even Pujols bat.
    I DESPISE SAM I AM.
    Pete you lowered your blog standards with this one!!!

  67. Kyle Litke January 4th, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Many problems here.

    #1. I know the writer is trying to make his point, but he of course skips every good move made and concentrates solely on the bad. You can make any GM look like crap by taking out every good move there is and focusing on every bad move, whether it was bad at the time or “hindsight being 20/20…”.

    #2. As mentioned, some of these moves were not Cashman’s idea. Sheffield over Guerrero is a big one.

    #3. Didn’t your favorite GM, Theo, really want Carl Pavano too? Sometimes guys just don’t work out. Wright may not have made sense (and also may not have been Cashman’s idea), but Pavano made sense at the time. If you want to say that you personally would have passed at the time that would be reasonable, but to claim it “made zero sense at the time” is pretty nonsensical itself.

    #4. From everything I have always heard, and I have yet to hear anyone in the know deny it, the Diamondbacks demanded much more from the Yankees than what they got from the Red Sox. I seem to remember them asking for Soriano (before the A-Rod trade) as a starting point, along with Nick Johnson. I might be mistaken about the details but I definitely remember them asking for much more from the Yankees.

    #5. On Randy Johnson, while there were some concerns due to his age, he was coming off arguably one of his best seasons (ignoring win/loss record). And he really wasn’t bad in 05. 06 he was.

    #6. Doesn’t seem like you’re doing your research very well. Carlos Beltran was a free agent before the 05 season, so no, the Yankees did not choose Johnny Damon over him. They essentially chose Randy Johnson over him. Still not a good move in hindsight, but it was a case of believing they needed to upgrade the pitching more than the hitting. And considering the hitting would continue to do well, the premise may not have been wrong.

    #7. A-Rod “crippled the Yankees in the playoffs”? The Yankees wouldn’t have even been able to dream about the playoffs in 07 without Alex Rodriguez.

    #8. The 2008 part is the most mind bogging to me. He had the chips if he was willing to trade Hughes plus other prospects to get Santana, we have no idea if he had the chips to get Cabrera, and he DEFINITELY did not have the chips to get both unless he was trading Cano and more in addition to that. So where you get the idea that it was a choice between CC and Teixeira or Santana and Cabrera is beyond me. It doesn’t even make any sense, and this is the part where you lose me completely and come off as someone just looking to bash Cashman.

    But if you want to argue that, fine. Santana is probably better than Sabathia (Santana is showing a few concerning signs of decline but overall is still one of if not the best pitcher in the game), but not by a huge amount. The real question that remains to be seen is whether Sabathia plus Hughes plus other prospects that would have to have been traded will be better or worse than Santana. Jury is still out on that.

    As far as Cabrera VS Teixeira, are we talking about the Cabrera of 06 and 07? 2006 Cabrera I’d take over Teixeira, but that’s it. Cabrera of 07 was great but had nearly the exact same line as Teixeira, with Teixeira playing gold glove defense. 08 wasnt even really close, Teixeira was much better offensively and defensively than Cabrera. Other than those two years Cabrera has been very good but not as good as Teixeira.

    And #9, drafts can be a crapshoot much of the time. Is there any better example than where Albert Pujols, the best hitter in the game right now, was drafted?

    Okay I’m done ranting. ;)

  68. Sexton January 4th, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Hey Pete is there a screening process at all for guest blogging?
    If there isn’t im sure I could prepare an entry about the Pro’s of contracting HIV through the use of dirty needles.

    Would probably make a few more valid points than this junk.

  69. Potch January 4th, 2009 at 2:36 am

    I like what Jamal and AJ have to say in addition to what I did. All good points.

    And cgar? “Cash should have convinced George otherwise.. Cash should have done whatever it took to get Vlad instead of Sheff.. or quit if he really had that little power.”

    You haven’t followed this team that long I’m guessing.

    When has ANYBODY been able to convince George of ANYTHING when George’s mind was set? That’s just a dream.

  70. Dan January 4th, 2009 at 3:22 am

    In Soviet Russia Cashman blogs about you.

  71. RyanCC January 4th, 2009 at 3:40 am

    Wow, I usually don’t laugh at opinions but I have to laugh at this blog. Don’t you find it quite odd that when The Boss stepped back that the big spending on aging players and trading the farm has stopped? Seriously, I am not saying Cash is perfect but your reasoning is just stupid. Next blame him for 9/11 why don’t ya? Why do you think Cash was thinking about leaving New York? Because he had little to no control. He was a GM by name only. Hating on Cash for your reasons is just ignorant and all around stupid. There were reports Cash wanted Vlad over Sheff and George overruled him. There are some faults against Cash, namely Pavano and Igawa. But to put it all on his shoulders and not George is crazy.

  72. michael January 4th, 2009 at 3:48 am

    yikes. the ignorance of your post is obscene. many of the ignorant moves were george’s influence. its widely documented that cash didnt have creative control and thus could never truly see his vision through. sheff was stein’s idea. k brown was too. and so on.

  73. Drive 4-5 January 4th, 2009 at 4:02 am

    I’m not a Cashman hater,but I do think he gets off pretty easily for his miscues. Spending $46mil on Kei Igawa is one of the top 5 wastes in franchise history. He has somehow managed to not get burned in the press for it. The same for the ineptness shown in this year’s draft when Cashman failed to sign our 1st & 3rd round picks. No other team in baseball came up empty with 2 of their first 3 picks.

    But I think the media sees that a lot of what went wrong during his tenure was out of his control. Kevin Brown and Gary Sheffield are good examples of players he didnt want but was forced to take.

    As bad a Pavano was, Cashman is by no means at fault for signing him. Pavano was in high demand and could have signed with Detroit, Boston or the Yankees. He actually took a little less money from the Yanks than he could have received from Boston. It turned out to be bad luck for the Yanks that he chose them.

  74. Matt January 4th, 2009 at 4:39 am

    This guest blog post is beyond irrational.

    It is hypocritical beyond belief. Everything said is completely in hindsight. Trading for Vazquez was brilliant at the time for two average major leaguers. Lowell was stuck behind Brosius and had never seen the major leagues in his life. Marte didn’t even make it to the majors for YEARS after that trade, he clearly was not a huge prospect.

    And to cap it off, half the moves weren’t even Cashman’s. Randy Johnson, Sheffield, Damon? You think CASHMAN wanted those guys? No way.

    And to touch on the hypocrisy, you first say some trades were bad, but then the ones that get rid of said mistakes for decent players are bad also? How can you criticize the Brown move? Kevin Brown was great when healthy that year, they had nobody in the rotation to pitch, and they gave up JEFF WEAVER, the guy you said was terrible!

    And then Vazquez for Johnson, same deal. Vazquez is first criticized even though he was an all star for the half of the year he was healthy, and then getting a guy for him who won 19 games with a 3.70 ERA is a HUGE mistake! I mean, come on, let’s get serious here and stop letting our emotions blind us.

    It wasn’t even a choice between Damon and Beltran. Get the facts straight. It was between Beltran and Johnson. Which would you rather have? Ace who wins 19 games with a 3.70 ERA and 200+ K’s, or a center fielder in an already stacked lineup?

    Damon was signed because they needed a leadoff hitter also. Beltran is another #4 hitter who hits for lots of power. He didn’t fit in their lineup.

    Are you kidding with A-Rod? He hit 55 HR’s and won the MVP that year and had so many clutch hits. They don’t even come close without him.

    And the finisher is the 2008 section. First of all, why would you trade for Cabrera and give up prospects when you can just resign A-Rod? Cabrera had to be moved to FIRST this year because he’s so out of shape. In fact, A-Rod had better numbers than him even being out a month! And don’t even get me started on Santana. He’s declining. His stuff is declining, and his home runs are up. He pitched in the NATIONAL LEAGUE! No way he puts up that in the AL East. And on top of it, they give up prospects AND sign him to an insane contract, and then hey look, no CC Sabathia too! Do you think they pay for CC AND Santana? NO WAY. So who would you rather have? CC + Hughes, or Santana on the decline? I think that’s a no brainer.

    Everything said is completely after the fact. Every move made sense at the time, and still does. Just because a guy plays poorly doesn’t mean it was wrong AT THE TIME. You can’t retroactively go back and kill a guy for the “mistakes” he made by making moves that made sense and happened to not work out.

    What if Teixeira hits .260 with 20 HR next year? Was it bad to sign the most coveted player on the market who is in his prime and a proven producer? By your logic, I’d say YES.

  75. Old Ranger January 4th, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Cqar and Sam I am must be twins, two people can’t be that wrong, can they? Ya’ I guess they can, because they are. So we can discount them but, some of you people that are real Yankee fans and follow these blogs, should know better.
    Everyone that knows and follows the Yankees knows King Geo. “it’s my way or the high way”, if you worked for him it was definitely his way.
    And the idea of quiting a $$$$ job because you have a disagreement with the Boss, grow up and join the real world. I owned a company, and I had other jobs were I disagreed with the boss (namely Army), one doesn’t quit…one tries to change things from the inside out.
    Good nite all, put this dog to bed.

  76. prcleburne January 4th, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Ridiculous post. Someone trying to be controversial because he wants to sound like he’s acutually saying something worthwile.

  77. sevrox January 4th, 2009 at 6:04 am

    CM: “Quite a haul for a bad GM even if the Yanks did throw money at them.”

    Uh…that’s the ONLY reason these players came to the Yanks was because of the amount of money thrown at them. Geez…

    The GM with the largest pockets won, although some good things can come out of Hal taking over for George. The farm does look better and those esteemed rooks on the Charleston Riverdogs represent the steps in the right direction.

  78. no.27 January 4th, 2009 at 6:11 am

    The first guest topic about Damon was good. He’s one of the most underrated Yankees and I haven’t read much about how valuable he’s been to us since he’s been here. Good Topic.

    The next 2 were basically creative writing assignments. I don’t know what kind of responses they were looking for, but they were wack. What kind of conversation were they hoping to spark?

    At least this topic was trying to get people to defend Cashman. I’m not a huge Cashman fan, but the argument in this topic isn’t fair to him. I was going to go point by point, but it’s a waste of time. Most of the points are true only in hindsight, and some aren’t true at all (as Abraham mentioned).

    For example, Lilly for Weaver looked great at the time, Javy Vasquez has been more valuable than Johnson and Rivera combined since the trade, Igawa was scouted, A-Rod needed to be resigned, and Santana/Cabrera vs. CC/Tex is flat out not a reality.

    These topics make me think: 1, why are they being picked, 2, how many people are offering topics, and 3, wow, Abraham must make it look a lost easier to post a topic.

  79. Mr Torre January 4th, 2009 at 7:50 am

    worst blogging ive seen

  80. Diony January 4th, 2009 at 7:52 am

    “A season later, signs CC Sabathia to substitute for Santana, so he’d rather CC and Mark Teixeira than Johan and Miguel? Insanity!”

    Wow, where do you get these guys from Pete?

    I rather have CC and Tex and my prospects, than Johan and Miguel.

  81. David January 4th, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Worst guest blog so far…. we all know Randy Levine is the one to blame for most of these bad moves. Since Randy has been President the Yankees have not won the World Series.

  82. MeYanksfan January 4th, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Not since the Yankees Chick, has there been a post so poorly thought out and void of any research. I’m very disappointed.

  83. Mark in Tampa January 4th, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Also, feel free to overlook the fact that Cabrera was a THIRD baseman, not first. He was only moved to first after the Tigers realized he was the third base version of Giambi. The Yanks had no interest in Cabrera as soon as Arod resigned. Also, how happy would we be now with the D-train? So, the choice was really Arod and Tex, or Cabrera and, and, and, I can’t imagine who would be playing third.

    The Kevin Brown deal obviously didn’t work out, but he was coming off of a 32 start, 2.39 ERA year. That is as good or better than just about any pitcher in baseball since then. Yes, the injuries may have been predictable, but we got rid of a headache in Weaver to take a chance that Brown could stay healthy for a year. Sometimes, you just come up snake eyes.

  84. rover January 4th, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Guess it is easy to be a GM. Just wait until you know the results of a trade or signing before you spend the money. Piece of cake. Once you learn to see the future,(takes a bit of practice) everything just falls into place.

  85. Kevin Page January 4th, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Sam I Am. Why do you hate the Yanks & Cash-man?

    Do you not like green $$$ & ham?

    You will not watch them in your house
    You will not watch them with a mouse
    Theo is your man of choice
    Go “service” him in his Rolls Royce

    You do not like the Yanks and Cash-man
    Go watch NESN Sam I Am

  86. Mark in Tampa January 4th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Sheff vs. Vlad.

    Wasn’t Cashman’s decision, but it wasn’t the worst choice either. As somebody said earlier, Vlad had a bad back in ’03 that was a major cause for concern going into FA. Because of his youth, however, he was able to demand a six year deal. It only took 3 plus an option to get Sheff, because of his age. Sheff was very producive for 2 years, injured for the third, and then the Yanks moved on. Vlad has not had the injury recur, but if it had, his contract would have been an albatross. Also, even though he is not that old, Vlad is becoming more and more of a defensive liability. He is soon to be a full time DH. I think we have enough of those types. Vlad would have been the better signing, but Sheff wasn’t a total disaster, apart from his ’06 playoff performance.

  87. Paco Dooley January 4th, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Some good points and several not very good points. CC and Tex did not cost anything but the cash, so if they are not too bad in comparison to Santana and Cabrera, then you win out by keeping the prospects (especially if Hughes becomes a quality starter).

    Also, I recall a lot of people thinking that the Vasquez and the Weaver trades were pretty good at the time. Weaver was younger than Lilly and had a big upside and Vasquez had put up good numbers and the Yanks didn’t trade anyone that they really coveted.

  88. Rob January 4th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Sam I am, do you know the asking price for Schilling was ridiculous compared to what the red sox got him for. The Yankees were being held up. We got Vasquez, a younger and high touted pitcher, for alot less than what we have would have traded for Schilling. You can’t rip on cashman for that trade.

  89. OldYanksFan January 4th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    “another cash mistake is sheff instead of vlad.”
    … Cashman WANTED Vlad, but Big George insisted on Sheff.

    “2002 – Trades Ted Lilly for Jeff Weaver”
    … While Lilly was having a good year in 2002, Weaver had much better stuff, was a year younger, and had a better career ERA+ by around 6 points. Anybody does that trade 100 out of 100 times.

    “· 2003 – Inexplicably trades for Kevin Brown with his ridiculous contract. Trades blue-chips Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera for Javy Vazquez. He choose Vazquez over Curt Schilling, who the Bosox acquired for Casey Fossum. This costs us the ‘04 series and was the reason the curse was reversed.”
    … Inexplicably? INEXPLICABLY??? You mean the year the Yankees lost Clemens, Hernandez and Pettitte? And they get a guy with a 127 career ERA+, who pitched 211 innings the previous year with a 169 ERA+? This needs to be explained to you? I hated losing Nick, but he was being blocked by Giambi, and seemed to be prone to injury. Vazquez was one of the hottest guys at the time, and had pitched over 200 innings the previous FOUR years with an ERA+ ABOVE 120 (and 139 the previous year). Basically, his numbers were a quite a bit better then Wang’s are now.

    And the Yanks went after Schilling. Arizona asked us for a fortune for him, and then the basically gave him away to the Sox…. but Cashman went after Schilling hard.

    “2005 – Trades a Vazquez-based package for Randy Johnson along with his contract.”
    … a desparation move after the 2004 collapse MADE BY GEORGE! Steinbrenner had been coveting RJ for years.

    “2006: – Preferred Johnny Damon over Carlos Beltran, who offered the Yankees a discount, then signs Kei Igawa without even scouting him.”
    … NO… UNRELATED. After George bought RJ, he basically didn’t want to do another big contract, so he said NO to Carlos. Again, according to sources, this was another ‘Boss’ decision. You would be correct if you said ‘Preferred Johnny Damon over Bubba Crosby’. And you think Iggy was NOT scouted? Where do you get your facts??? Or I should say non-facts.

    “2007 – Re-signs A-Rod, who had just finished crippling the Yankees in the playoffs, and gives him another HUGE contract. ”
    …. Yeah, really dumb. 2 different financial houses calculated that ARod actually generates enough money to pay for his entire contract. If ARod gets all his bonuses, ARod will generate money for the Yankees for decades. The contract is toooo long, but this is to give ARod the best chance to break Bond’s record. When it’s all said and done, ARod will end up in the company of the Babe, Willie, Bonds and Aaron. Terrible that he has to go into the HOF wearing Pinstripes.

    Just a typical, hateful, moronic comment blaming ONE player for losing the playoffs. FWIW, in 4 games against Cleveland, the Yankees ERA was just 5.89! How many of those games did ARid pitch??? For those 4 games:

    J.D. .500 .500 .500 1.000
    ARod .267 .353 .467 .820
    Posada .133 .235 .200 .435
    Jeter .176 .176 .176 .353

    Yup…. ARod with his .820 OPS really killed us, but Jeter (.353 OPS) really earned HIS 10 year contract at $19m/yr.

    “2008 – Doesn’t trade for Johan Santana or Miguel Cabrera when he certainly had the chips in hand.”
    … Dude… sometimes chips in hand are better then more chips in the bush. And for your info…. CC ($23.5/yr) + Phil + Melky + IPK + prospect >>>> Santana ($23.5/yr). That was the last package the Twins asked for (the current offer being Phil + Melky + 2 prospects) before the Yanks signed Andy and pulled the offer.

    And Lastly, have you noticed a little bit of difference in aquisitions and trades SINCE 2005, when Cashman demanded full (or as full as you can have working for George) control? Since the (Georges love child) RJ deal, what old, expensive players and big contracts has Cashman made? What kids has he traded? How has the Fram done in the last 3 years?

    Hey… You wanna hate Cashman and ARod? Fine. But ya have your own blog to post hate, distortions, ignorance and outright false information. Why subject us to it?

  90. Eric January 4th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Wow, that blogspot is half as intelligible as the worst posts on Yankees’ boards.

  91. Therston January 4th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    No reason to repeat what others have responded with in detail already but just to add in agreement… this is a highly inaccurate and biased persuasive essay.

  92. SI45 January 4th, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Wow, Pete, I can’t believe your paper would allow this to be posted on an ad-supported blog from your paper.

  93. Yankee Trader January 4th, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Pete-

    Way to bring in a controversial blogger- Sam is definitely a poor salesman and would make an even worse ” I don’t have my facts straight,”sportswriter. This post and its rebuttals remind me of what an overall good job Cashman did in working around the parameters that he had to deal with from the inner troika of decision makers.

    Can’t wait for GB-7 to wake up and read this inane guest bloggers post.

    There’s still plenty to talk about- like if Pettitte doesn’t sign and the Yankees don’t want to go with Hughes/Aceves, who’s next on their list? Centerfield options are still up for debate.

    Next!!

  94. JC in DC January 4th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Judging from the picture and the post, you’re allowing uninformed porn stars to write on your blog? What’s next?

  95. RhapsodyInBlue January 4th, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Why are my posts not showing?

  96. David January 4th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Hindsight is 20-20; let’s see what it looked like at the time: The year before getting Kevin Brown he won 14 games, started 32 games, pitched 211 innings, allowed only 56 walks, while striking out 185 and had an era of 2.39 which as 2nd in the NL that year (oh, he was also an all star.) As for Randy Johnson, the year before we got him, he won 16 games, started 35 games, completed 4 of those, with 2 shutouts, pitched 245 innings, with only 44 walks, while striking out 290 and an era of 2.60. In the NL that year, he was 2nd in the CY, 2nd era, 2nd innings, 1st SO’s and an all star. Lest we forget that in his two years with the yanks he won 34 games, pitched 430 innings with 383 strikeouts against 107 walks. Yes he was a jackass and was horrible when he was needed. And yes they were both aging but those deals don’t really look so bad now do they. Context and perspective aren’t mandatory but they help.

  97. ham_fighters January 4th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    bottom line (on sam): he’s not that good.

  98. Miggs January 4th, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Yeah Sam no offense but that post was pretty bad.

    Besides the fact that a majority of those moves were motivated by George and his sons (A Rod’s new contract, Sheff, etc.), you could pick and chose any GM and find one or 2 bad moves a year.

    Just look at your boy Theo (Matt Clement, Julio Lugo, Eric Gagne). They all make mistakes.

    I guess these guests posts really are hit or miss.

    The River Ave. guys and Rebecca both contributed a lot to the feature, while Respect Jeter’s Gangster and Sam left a lot to be desired. Just my opinion.

  99. Yankee Trader January 4th, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Pete-

    Time to ask for a new poll from your fans/bloggers.

    Did you enjoy this guest blogger?

    Yes

    Hell No

  100. Lauren January 4th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    True some moves were questionable. As far as Sheffield and Johnson goes, it was George that wanted them. After signing Johnson, Yankees was not in financial position to sign Beltran even with the discount. In regards to Damon, I’m not unhappy with the deal, he’s a great lead off hitter and a respectable not great corner OFer. In terms of interest to Cabrera, he’s great offensively but horrible as a 1st baseman and another DH in the making. I much perferr Teixeria for that position. All in all, in reference to Cashman, their were hits and misses. Certainly every move was not decided by him.

  101. RhapsodyInBlue January 4th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Losing out on Schilling had little to do with Cashman.

    Diamonbacks owner Jerry Coangelo’s asking price from the Yankees for Schilling was Alphonso Soriano and Nick Johnson, Boston got him for a bag of balls. Coangelo was still smarting from Bomber Wells reneging on a handshake agreement to play for Arizona and going to the Yankees the previous season after a couple of burgers with George in Tampa.

    Talk about missing a few points.

  102. ham_fighters January 4th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    im cool with a dissenting opinion, we all have our own ideas, but a list like this is just stupid. where is the balance? has he done nothing right in all his time here? this is like arguing arod sucks by listing the times he didnt win the game.

    believe what you want about cashman, , thats fine, but if you’re going to try to make a point, at least have some balance and fairness instead of this crap.

  103. Ruhi January 4th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Worst guest blog post ever… Don’t quit your day job as a salesman…

  104. RhapsodyInBlue January 4th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Jerry Coangelo wanted Alphonso Soriano and Nick Johnson for Schilling, Boston acquired him for a bag of balls.

    Losing Schilling had nothing to do with Cashman. Angelos was still angry with the Yankees and George Steinbrenner for signing David Wells the previous season. Wells had reneged on a handshake deal with Coangelo to go to the Diamondbacks after a few hamburgs in Tampa with George.

    Get your facts right.

  105. Tom January 4th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Yeah, Cashman’s an awful gm. In his 11 seasons as gm the Yankees have been in 5 world series and made the playoffs 10 times. He’s a bum fire him.

  106. Rankdog January 4th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Maybe if we got a shot of Cashman throwing around a few water cools and smacking things in the dugout after each bad move he makes it would be ok right?

  107. David January 4th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Hindsight is 20-20 Part II; let’s see what it looked like at the time: I’ll spare you all the details but as hard it is to believe now and to recall (others have pointed this out) but Weaver, Vasquez and Pavano were all considered great young pitchers at the time the yanks got them and were all coveted by many other teams.

  108. RhapsodyInBlue January 4th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    *Coangelo was still angry*

  109. andrew33 January 4th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    while you’ve pointed out some of his awful moves i dont think he can be blamed for lowell or sheff, given the circumstances at the time and big steins pining for the latter
    that said its a big year or 2 ahead of cash, can the big FA signings blend with the hopeful improved play of the youngsters, if so, hes gotten the franchise posied for a nice run over the next few years at least
    if not, well then a change will be in the cards

  110. Tony January 4th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    that could be the dumbest and most ill-informed blog post I have ever read. Well at least I know not to visit that site. At least have the facts right and not try to re-write history, like Cash wanting Sheff instead of Vlad.

  111. JeffG January 4th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    We are all dumber for having read that. I want those 2 minutes of my life back.

    C’mon Pete, these guest posters don’t even need a basic knowledge of history to post here?

    Guess I’ll put this blog on hiatus till reality returns. That was just awful.

  112. Eric January 4th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    What drivel! If that is you in the picture, that must be something other than a cigar you’re smoking.

  113. helno51 January 4th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I think he should go back to selling things. Yes he has some points but how, at the time, did signing pavano make no sense? He was the hot free agent that year and had 8-10 teams after him. Yes it turned out awful but at the time it was a solid decsision. If the blogger had read anything at the time he would also know that signing Sheff was a Steinbrenner move, not a Cashman move. And yes Beltran offered a discount but it was still going to cost $140 for Beltran (with lux tax) and about $60 for johnny so its not that clear cut. Also he says A-Rod crippled us in the playoffs but what woudl he have said as Beltran kept that bat on his shoulder and ended the mets season? Again he has some valid point but I guess in his zeal to make some type of amazing blog post he decided to throw in a few items that have little basis in reality.

  114. Stephen January 4th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    In the same spirit as this post, I’d like to call Bob Dylan an awful musician because he made records like “Knocked Out Loaded and “Saved.” Also, Scorsese is terrible because he made “New York, New York.” And Warren Buffet is a buffoon because he’s lost money in the past few months.

    I’ll conveniently ignore the rest of their careers to make my point.

  115. OldYanksFan January 4th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    “Cash should have convinced George otherwise.. Cash should have done whatever it took to get Vlad instead of Sheff.. or quit if he really had that little power.”
    ——————————————————–
    HA! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah!
    Yes! YES!!! Maybe Cashman should have held a gun to Big George’s head. Maybe he should have overruled George. After all, George is ONLY the owner and Cashman’s boss. Who in this world lets THEIR BOSS overrule them???

    And by the way, Cashman did basically quit after 2005. It was full control (although you need to qualify ‘full’ when you are talking about George) or he was gone. He put his career on the line for his beliefs. If you remeber the interviews back then, Cashman was literally in tears at the idea of leaving the Yankees. But he stuck to his guns. And what happened? George said ‘yes’ and Man-of-Cash came back, and the Tampa Mafia was dissloved.

    I have been a fan since well before the Boss bought the Yankees. I don’t know if people understand how difficult George was, and is, to work for. Big budget or not, there are many GMs who would not come anywhere near the Steinbrenner(s), or for that matter, New York. Cashman has one of the most, if not ‘The Most’ difficult, pressure packed, media covered sports job in the world.

    I am a big Cashman supporter. Myself, and other supporters, don’t believe Cashman is perfect. Or even close. Of course saying that is silly. Perfect? Who is supposed to be perfect, or even near perfect? You? Sam-I-am?

    Cashman is smart, works like a dog, and is VERY dedicated to the Yankees. And he has lived through Steinbrenner hell. That alone should get him a statue.

    He takes his best shot. He has made some great deals. He has made questionable deals (Wright). He has taken chances (add AJ to that list). Many of his deals have ultimately not been productive. BUT IT IS ULTIMATELY UP TO THE PLAYERS TO PERFORM!!! Cashman can only put together a paper team. What happens on the field is mostly out of his control.

    MANY players, for whatever reasons, underperformed when they were here. Look at RJ. He’s 2 years older now, and pitching better then he did in Pinstripes. Vazquez, Contreras, Brown (mostly because of punching a wall… Cashman’s fault I’m sure), Justice (after his first 1/2 year), Pavano and many others…. simply spit the bit.

    Sometimes you get lucky. Small and Chacon. But for the most part, many ‘new’ Yankees did NOT play up to the back of their baseball cards. You have to blame the players themselves. There is only so much management can do.

    And how about Big Papi? You know how much the Sox knew what they had? Well…. he rode the pine for WEEKS, starting a game here and there, before he was a ficxture in the starting lineup. He was mostly a pinch hitter. I mean, eeryone knew that Dave Ortiz had some talent, but nobody, including the Sox, knew he was (going to be) ‘Big Papi’. Sometimes you get lucky. The Sox bought a good player and ended up with a great player.

    Paulie O’Neil was one of the very few trades/aquisitions who thrived/improved after coming to NY. (He came here with a 110-ish OPS+ and posted a 138-ish OPS+ over the next 6 years). Moose, and Giambi WHEN healthy, lived up to expectations (considering their relative age). But there have been many times I was THRILLED to get a certain player, only to have him underperform. Maybe it’s New York… but we have had a lot of bad luck.

    What about CC? And Tex? We are thrilled to have them. Overpaid? Yes, but it’s only money… one thing the Yankees have. Basically, great aquisitions. Will they thrive here? Succeed? Spit the bit? Time will tell.

    But if they ultimately do fail, we can count on Sam-I-am and other brainiacs to add them to the list of Cashman failures.

  116. OldYanksFan January 4th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    “Cash should have convinced George otherwise.. Cash should have done whatever it took to get Vlad instead of Sheff.. or quit if he really had that little power.”
    ——————————————————–
    HA! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah!
    Yes! YES!!! Maybe Cashman should have held a gun to Big George’s head. Maybe he should have overruled George. After all, George is ONLY the owner and Cashman’s boss. Who in this world lets THEIR BOSS overrule them???

    And by the way, Cashman did basically quit after 2005. It was full control (although you need to qualify ‘full’ when you are talking about George) or he was gone. He put his career on the line for his beliefs. If you remeber the interviews back then, Cashman was literally in tears at the idea of leaving the Yankees. But he stuck to his guns. And what happened? George said ‘yes’ and Man-of-Cash came back, and the Tampa Mafia was dissloved.

    I have been a fan since well before the Boss bought the Yankees. I don’t know if people understand how difficult George was, and is, to work for. Big budget or not, there are many GMs who would not come anywhere near the Steinbrenner(s), or for that matter, New York. Cashman has one of the most, if not ‘The Most’ difficult, pressure packed, media covered sports job in the world.

    I am a big Cashman supporter. Myself, and other supporters, don’t believe Cashman is perfect. Or even close. Of course saying that is silly. Perfect? Who is supposed to be perfect, or even near perfect? You? Sam-I-am?

    Cashman is smart, works like a dog, and is VERY dedicated to the Yankees. And he has lived through Steinbrenner hell. That alone should get him a statue.

    He takes his best shot. He has made some great deals. He has made questionable deals (Wright). He has taken chances (add AJ to that list). Many of his deals have ultimately not been productive. BUT IT IS ULTIMATELY UP TO THE PLAYERS TO PERFORM!!! Cashman can only put together a paper team. What happens on the field is mostly out of his control.

    MANY players, for whatever reasons, underperformed when they were here. Look at RJ. He’s 2 years older now, and pitching better then he did in Pinstripes. Vazquez, Contreras, Brown (mostly because of punching a wall… Cashman’s fault I’m sure), Justice (after his first 1/2 year), Pavano and many others…. simply spit the bit.

    Sometimes you get lucky. Small and Chacon. But for the most part, many ‘new’ Yankees did NOT play up to the back of their baseball cards. You have to blame the players themselves. There is only so much management can do.

    And how about Big Papi? You know how much the Sox knew what they had? Well…. he rode the pine for WEEKS, starting a game here and there, before he was a ficxture in the starting lineup. He was mostly a pinch hitter. I mean, eeryone knew that Dave Ortiz had some talent, but nobody, including the Sox, knew he was (going to be) ‘Big Papi’. Sometimes you get lucky. The Sox bought a good player and ended up with a great player.

    Paulie O’Neil was one of the very few trades/aquisitions who thrived/improved after coming to NY. (He came here with a 110-ish OPS+ and posted a 138-ish OPS+ over the next 6 years). Moose, and Giambi WHEN healthy, lived up to expectations (considering their relative age). But there have been many times I was THRILLED to get a certain player, only to have him underperform. Maybe it’s New York… but we have had a lot of bad luck.

    What about CC? And Tex? We are thrilled to have them. Overpaid? Yes, but it’s only money… one thing the Yankees have. Basically, great aquisitions. Will they thrive here? Succeed? Spit the bit? Time will tell.

    But if they ultimately do fail, we can count on Sam-I-am and other brainiacs to add them to the list of Cashman failures.

  117. gargoyle January 4th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    some of the dumbest crap i’ve ever read.

  118. ANSKY January 4th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    If you were a Sox fan, would you be holding Theo personally responsible for not signing Teixiera?

    Would you have criticized him for letting Lowe, Arroyo, Pedro & Damon go, his choice of shortstops, and for signing Schilling to a 10-million dollar deal when his arm was totally fried like he did a year ago?

    I noticed several deals on that list which I thought Cashman had little or nothing to do with, then I read what Pete said in Cashman’s defense. Yes, some of his deals were not good but some were. Hard to not to also consider the limitations & parameters of guaranteed $ and no-trade clauses he’d had to work with when dumping on Cashman, but at least we’re going on the right direction now. As long as we don’t go out & sign Manny.

    Besides …

    Beltran was crap his first year on the Mets, and when he was a FA I was worried we’d over pay for him based solely on his one good post season he’d had with Houston right before becoming a FA. Other than that, he was just a little above average in some ways. This blog would’ve run him out of town that first year with the Mets. Now he’s been OK since then, but not worth what he might have gotten from the Yanks back then.

    Nick Johnson was an injury risk when Giambi was an MVP so that made sense at the time. And, didn’t Juan Rivera get caught stealing stuff from Jeter to sell it to a memorabila dealer?

    Weaver was actually showing good potential in Detroit before he came to NY. For some reason he didn’t pan out. It happens. And Vazquez was showing he was a good pitcher in Montreal too before he came to NY. Neither were brought in like CC Sabathia to be THE MAN and both moves made reasonable sense at the time. They just didn’t pan out. Kind of like Matt Clement, if you ask your buddy Theo.

    Who should NY have signed besides A-Rod? Lowell? Crede? Should he have tried to convert Matsui, Posada or Jeter to 3B? Criticizing him for A-Rod coming back to NY makes no sense whatsoever. In case you haven’t noticed, A-Rod’s still pretty good. IMO Cashman & Co made a valuable statement to Boras on this one.

    etc, etc, etc …

  119. SJ44 January 4th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Here’s the problem with blog posts like this….

    If Cashman doesn’t spend money (ie: Santana) he gets ripped.

    If he spends money (ie: this off-season) he gets ripped.

    If he makes a solid in-season trade (David Justice, Nady and Marte for example), he gets ripped.

    If he doesn’t do much in an off-season, or makes bad off-season moves, he gets ripped.

    If he finds guys on the scrap heap (Small and Chacon) who help save a season, he is called “lucky”.

    The easiest thing to do is rip the guy because it takes no work. He gets credit for nothing from guys like this. No balance in the blog means the blog entry has no value. Its a waste of time and space and just served as therapy for the writer and nothing more.

    If the writer was an actual Yankee fan, like 95% of the people who post on here, there are clear lines of where Cashman had the power to do things and where he did not.

    Other posters have stated where those lines were drawn.

    Is he perfect? Of course not. Is he the fumbling, bumbling boob this blogger wants everybody to believe? Not even close.

    Two final points. If the guest blogger really believes the Yankees had the prospects to acquire both Santana AND Cabrera last off-season, he really needs to step away from the keyboard.

    The Yankees, and the Red Sox for that matter, have NOBODY in their systems with the upside of Cameron Maybin.

    Meaning, the Yankees had NO CHANCE to get Cabrera.

    Additionally, the team that acquired Cabrera had to take Dontrelle Willis. How did that work out for Detroit?

    If you are going to write a blog, you have to do some level of research.

    If not, its just hysterical fan babble and it will get torn up by fans who have a working knowledge of the team.

  120. autograph seeker January 4th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Swing and a miss Sam. People are dumber for reading this.

  121. Chris January 4th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I can see why you’re not a sports writer or a gm… go back to selling used cars.

  122. autograph seeker January 4th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I just re-read it.

    This is so bad you should be locked up for it. Holy s***

  123. Tom January 4th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Hey Pete, I think the snowman you made yesterday could write a better post.

    Sam, I applaud your effort and your moxie; however, fact are a strange thing. You pepper your post with a lot of revisionist history and pathos.

    Pavano was courted just as heavily by the great Theo. Vasquez and Weaver were considered by many to be two of the best young pitchers in baseball when the Yankees traded for them.
    Even Vlad, when he was a free agent, had medical red flags.

  124. helno51 January 4th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I didnt touch on all of the idiocy in my first comment but after reading the last few comments I wanted to add a few items. As another poster said Weaver was considered a good young up and coming pitcher at the time. I remember most people being in favor of the deal and I was too. It didnt work out. It happens. And I used to love nick johnson but he was ALWAYS hurt. you could never rely on him and its hard to get much value in a trade for a guy who is always missing time. And one more thing he makes it sound like we chose CC over Johan and says he wouldnt have done that. Maybe so. Its a debatable point. But he conveniently leaves out that we got CC for just money while Johan would have cost money and prospects. How is that not a better deal for us?

  125. MitchellDaRock January 4th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Sam? Don’t quit your day job.

  126. Andrew OH January 4th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Um so if half of this is not accurate, why post it?

  127. Vrsce January 4th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    What is the point of responding to or debating Sam’s post?

    let’s move on.

  128. Andrea January 4th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Everyone is SO critical. Why not just use his post as a jumping off point for discussion. Take it easy.

  129. Drive 4-5 January 4th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    “The Yankees, and the Red Sox for that matter, have NOBODY in their systems with the upside of Cameron Maybin.”

    Boy do we ever wish we had someone like Cameron Maybin in our system. This kid is an athelete and has all the tools. I remember being at the Stadium in August ’07 when he played in his second major league game. He hit a hard single his first at bat,a bomb of a home run to deep center his 2nd at bat and Clemens drilled him in his 3rd at bat.He looked solid in the field too. I remember turning to my brother and asking him when the last time he saw a Yankee prospect with this body type. I wish the kid well.

  130. morning star January 4th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Not a good post, I agree — Pete, we want our money back! (LOL)

  131. CB January 4th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    “Signs A.J. Burnett to the most head scratching contract of all time. How could you give him all that money for all those years?”

    Most head scratching of all time? Really?

    You haven’t been following baseball for very long have you?

  132. james January 4th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Pete:

    Your blog is great and you seem like a cool guy. This “pinch-hitting” feature has been fun and there were many memorable posts (Mike Plugh’s fantastic piece from last year comes to mind).

    However, there has to be some sort of “quality control.” I’m all for people expressing their opinion but there has to be a line.

  133. Gary January 4th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    When George Steinbrenner had his health, most deals Cashman made were at the strict insistence of the Boss.
    Once the sons came on board, all transactions made are the responsibility of all three.
    The Randy Johnson deal was the last major deal that George had full say with. Johnny Damon’s deal was done at Cashman’s suggestion and George’s approval.

  134. harwood January 4th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    This guest blogger is an imbecile.

  135. Drive 4-5 January 4th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    A pretty rational take in today’s NY Daily News on the Yanks’ bond request.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opi....._is_y.html

  136. pat January 4th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for sharing Sam I Am.

    Changing the subject……
    Tex press conference may come as soon as Tuesday per todays NY Daily News.

  137. Doreen January 4th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    None of the moves can be looked at in a vacuum. Cash ain’t perfect, but he ain’t awful either.

    We’ll never know how other moves would have worked out or not.

    It’s not so much that I don’t agree, who agrees with everything? But the tone is so negative you wonder why Cashman hasn’t been put away somewhere where he can do no harm.

    Oh, and although the Yankees have not won the World Series since 2000, they have been there twice since, and except for last season have at least been to the playoffs each year. It’s really not that easy, you know, yet year after year, in spite of the lunatic in the GM’s office, the Yankees are more than competitive. I guess it must be the dust bunnies.

  138. 86w183 January 4th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    It’s not that this guest blog is “stimulating discussion” that has many of us annoyed. It’s that it is a hatchet job based on enough inaccuracies to qualify for Faux News.

  139. Peter January 4th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Sam, I hope you “am” a better salesman than a blogger.

  140. Brad January 4th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Didn’t realize that Cashman was on vacation, hence no transaction activity. He’ll be around on Tuesday to take the wraps off Teixeira.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....ira-1.html

  141. jennifer January 4th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Does anyone know what they are talking about?

    1. George wanted Sheff over Vlad

    2004:
    · Signs Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright to monster deals, which made zero sense at the time.

    really? I guess every other team including your beloved Red soxs were idiots, cause they wanted Carl and offered Carl more money.

    Every single GM makes mistakes. What about the gm who gave up Johan and another player for a AJ. Please…

  142. Mike NYY January 4th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Steve Lombardi is that you? To touch on a few things I disagree with….

    You neglected to mention that half of those moves probably were pushed by Goeorge and had nothing to do with Cash.

    You did not mention a single one of the good moves he has made. Some of these moves you criticize really aren’t bad after all.

    The Javier Vazquez trade really wasn’t the disaster people think it was. The mistake they made was giving up on him to soon after one bad year. I like Rivera and Johnson but they`re always hurt and a solid middle of the rotation guy would be real nice. Their were a lot of reasons we lost that series and Vazquez was not the only one. We would have given up more than just Rivera and Johnson for Schilling to. They wanted something involving Soriano and a few other players. Can’t blame Cash for backing off there.

    Not trading for Santana was clearly the right move, even in retrospect. He has to play up to a big contract which many teams would balk at in free agency. He`s also on the way down, he`s declining and probably a lesser pitcher than Sabathia. Now they get Sabathia who is at the very least a comparable pitcher displaying no signs of decline and a bunch of prospects. Hughes still has tons of potential to be an ace or a good pitcher, Kennedy is still a solid prospect although his stock is low and could be a solid innings eater one day, Austin Jackson we still hope can be the pitcher of the future, Jose Tabata netted Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte, and Jeff Marquez netted Nick Swisher.

    Why would it make any sense to trade for Miguel Cabrera then when A-Rod was still on the table? Again, now we can keep Hughes and co. and still get Mark Teixeira just for waiting one year.

    Speaking of A-Rod, he is worth every penny of that deal. Aside from being a ridiculously awesome player (who can lead the league in VORP in a down year) he will bring in crowds and lots of revenue if/when he starts approaching 700 home runs. He did not cripple the Yanks in any series other than the Detroit series. He`s proven he can handle pressure and be “clutch” you don’t suddenly lose that.

    Cash doesn’t actually run the draft, that’s Damon Oppenheimer’s job. Oppenheimer has done a great job and was hired the same year that Cash got full autonomy. Coincedence? I doubt it.

  143. McFadden January 4th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    “so he’d rather CC and Mark Teixeira than Johan and Miguel? Insanity!”

    Put simply, yes. Mark Teixeira’s career OPS in 3414 AB’s is .919. Miguel Cabrera’s career OPS in 3310 AB’s is .921. Pretty much identical. Teixeira, however, is MUCH better defensively. Simply put..the Yankees got the better player and it cost them just money rather than blue chip prospects like Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller. In addition they weren’t saddled w/ a player like Dontrelle Willis. I don’t know who I’d choose between Santana or Sabathia if it was just either or. But, Sabathia and some of my top prospects or Santana and I would definitely choose Sabathia and my top prospects. Cashman definitely made the right call on both these moves. Clearly you don’t realize the importance of defense if you think Cabrera was the better option over Tex. And clearly you don’t realize the need for a quality farm system if you think we should have traded away some of our best young players for Santana rather than just give CC money.

  144. Drive 4-5 January 4th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    40 days till pitchers and catchers. Is Andy Pettitte running out of time? Is he even in shape?

  145. SAMIAMSPORTS January 4th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Attention to all bashers of my post:
    first i give pete props for allowing me to post my controversial take on cash.
    Pete only allowed me to post 500 words. which didnt really give me an opportunity to elaborate or explain myself.
    I will be more than happy to defend every point I made .
    Bring it on haters….
    I will be doing this from my blog.
    You have the link….

  146. SamVa January 4th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    In regards to Maybin, I was lucky enough to get to see him in Spring Training last year.. The game I saw he hit 2 bombs.. I was also fortunate to be in the park before there were too many people around. Unlike most young prospects who know they have promise, I found that he was more than willing to have a nice conversation. I asked him what it felt like to hit his 1st ML homer off a guy of Clemens caliber. He smiled and immediately said something about how he got lucky, but it felt incredible. All in all he seemed like a really classy guy from what I could tell. (I could be biased he signed 3 balls and a hat for me =) ).. Anyways.. I agree, I can’t wait to see him pan out! (hopefully so I can sell a couple of these balls)

  147. Fran January 4th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    In looking at Cashman’s moves, you neglected all of the trades, signings, etc. that worked out.

    And some of the “bad Cashman moves” were not Brian’s, but directed by George like Sheffield over Guerrero.

  148. jennifer January 4th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I guess I should have read through all the comments. I would see that every everything was already pointed out. :)

  149. jennifer January 4th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    SAMIAMSPORTS

    What is there to defend? Your ‘facts’ were inaccurate. You can’t defend inaccuracy’s.

  150. RhapsodyInBlue January 4th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Nice picture BTW, at first thought it was of Matt Drudge, but he of course has better taste in lids.

  151. Paul T January 4th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    SAMIAM – YOURE A JOKE! One blog I dont need to check out

  152. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) January 4th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Now that I read all these posts the only thing Cashman has missed w/ is developing at future stud position prospect. Can Cano turn into that, can Austin Jackson, what will Jesus turn into …all legit questions but I’m glad SAM I AM gave his opinions but after reading this thread entry which consisted of some of the best posts in some time not only has Cashman been a good GM but he has been one robbing teams blind of thier stars. IDK what the future holds for the recent Cashman moves but if you were to grade him he’d have to get atleast a B- for his transactions, Jaret Wright killed him but for wanting guys like Beltran and Vlad and getting negated by George one should wonder if The Boss didn’t but-in so much where would this organization be, how strong from top to bottom would it have been if in 2000 or 01′ they had built the structure from the farm system up.

    Respectfully Sam I Am, I think you need to relook at the history of Cashman as a GM, there are many things you think he did that just aren’t true or at that time no one could even debate.

  153. RhapsodyInBlue January 4th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    “Pete only allowed me to post 500 words.”

    *Thanks Pete*

  154. GMAN January 4th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Pete,
    Thanks for giving this fellow one chance…one was enough.

  155. Mark Messier January 4th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    AJ…may be hated by Yankee fan in a very short time….injuries injuries injuries….. and Cashman is not the best GM, but he is the best GM the Yankees have… plus THeo Ep is a Tool/jerk/girlrilla….

  156. Tim Sherman January 4th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    What a ridiculous bunch of nonsense. This guy obviously knows nothing about baseball. I can’t believe he was allowed to post this nonsensical garbage complete with spelling and punctuation errors. And Sam although I appreciate your offer to defend your opinions, they are too ridiculous to even waste any more time on. Get a grip my friend. You obviously think you know a whole lot more than you actually do. And by the way, because people disagree with you doesn’t make them “haters”. Peace.

  157. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story January 4th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    A GM is in a no-win situation.

    There are moves Cashman has done that I love and moves that I’ve hated.

    If I though I could do any better, I’d apply for the job.

  158. Jeff NJ January 4th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I think Peter needs to rethink what qualifies as a guest post. And I’m not just saying that because this guy is anti-Cashman. I won’t rehash the rbuttals above and I will say that a lot of moves have not worked out even if at the time they looked like can’t miss moves. Anyway, his “article” is nothing more than a rant, not worthy of it’s own guest posting if you ask me.

    Does Sam think he is going to get even one more person to visit his blog with his anti-Cash tirade?

  159. Peter Abraham January 4th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Guys:

    The pinch hitter posts are not subject to my approval. It’s 200-500 words of whatever you want as long as it’s not obscene.

    The idea is to give you a taste of what Yankees blog are out there, good bad or otherwise.

    All I ask is that you don’t call people names when you opine on them.

  160. Wave Your Hat January 4th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    The jury is still out on Cashman. It’s hard to tell how good or bad he is because of (1) the Yanks’ seemingly bottomless purse, which can fix lots of mistakes, and (2) George’s apparent love for multiple lines of authority and obvious meddling in player acquisitions, which makes any assessman of Cashman’s performance under George problematic.

    Everybody has their noses out of joint because the guest blogger criticized Cashman. IMO, he overstated his point but he did get lots of responses. I’m sure Pete appreciates the traffic and what would otherwise be a slow morning.

    IMO, the Yanks under Cashman have had two weaknesses which have hamstrung them and have forced the payroll to astronomical levels in order to remain seriously competitive.

    First, they have shown a penchant for signing the aging, established veteran All-Star, thus paying top dollar for past performance while likely receiving the downside of the veteran’s career. The lost opportunity cost resulting from those signings have been high.

    Second, the farm system was neglected for a long time, with large lost opportunity cost as well. This fault could be laid on George’s shoulders for a long time, showing George’s love for multiple lines of authority, but Cashman was the GM. He should have pushed harder than he did for more focus on the draft and farm system.

    Some examples:

    Kevin Brown was a bad gamble, a perfect example of the Yanks trading a young, somewhat disappointing pitcher for the “established veteran All-Star”. The Yanks got 35 starts total from Brown in 2004 and 2005, which on the whole were slightly above average in 2004 and on the whole were miserable in 2005. The Yanks paid more than $30MM for that. Holding on to Jeff Weaver would have given us the same or better performance over the same period for much, much less salary.

    Randy Johnson was a huge mistake. Another trade of young talent for the established veteran All-Star. Yes, Randy gave us 17 wins each year we had him. But he was basically an average pitcher during that time, for which the Yanks paid an enormous sum of money. They not only gave up Javy Vazquez, who would have given us basically the same performance as Randy for much less money, but also Dioner Navarro. The trade of Navarro has hamstrung the Yanks ever since. It cost us in 2008 and and we will almost certainly regret it enormously in the last two years of Posada’s contract. It should have been obvious to the Yanks at the time that young catchers don’t grow on trees and that he would be very useful down the road.

    A lot of posters like to turn up their noses at “sabermetricians”. Pavano is the perfect example of why teams need to consider what they have to say. People who loved “stuff” loved Pavano. Plus, he was an easy sell, having hurt the Yanks in 2003. But the sabermetrics guys never liked him, for reasons that turned out to be correct. He was a high injury risk, and he wasn’t that good anyway.

    The Pavano, Johnson and Brown signings cost us Beltran and forced the Yanks into a four year deal with Posada, which is likely to bite us in the end. I know George had a great deal to do with those signings, but Cashman was the GM. Cashman can’t walk away scott-free from that.

    On the draft front, the lack of solid farm system and drafting for most of Cashman’s tenure has been a real source of problems for the Yanks.

    The drafts were miserable until 2004. Since then, Cashman asserted himself, per reports, and has had one enormous success, Joba in 2006, and one enormous failure, not signing Cole and Bittle in 2008. The Yanks have drafted some other good players since 2003, most notably Hughes in 2004, but the jury is still out on the major league ceilings of everyone drafted from 2004 on except for Joba.

    Cashman has done some good things as well, so I’m not a Cashman hater and I was in favor of re-hiring him. But criticism of him is fair.

  161. ham_fighters January 4th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    throwing up an incomplete and unfair indictment of the man’s time as gm, then saying i didnt have enough time to make my point but ill make it on my website is a joke.

    you knew beforehand that you only had 500 words, so now you’re saying it didnt give you enough space to make your point. maybe you should have thougth that through a little more and used your 500 more wisely.

    in any case, listing bad moves and moves not made without crediting him for his excellent ones is just not acceptable and a completly unfair way to judge a man’s work.

    similarly i wont condemn your blog or your baseball knowlege based on this one crappy piece.

    next time you get 500 words, make a salient point in that allotment or go to a subject that fits the format, dont fail at what you tried to do and then blame it on the limit.

  162. gianthinker January 4th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Andruw Jones for $5MM on a 1 year deal to play CF? The cost will be very low. Should the Yankees try him out for the year with little other options?

  163. Sean Serritella January 4th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I remember right, I think George Steinbrenner personally signed Sheffield and A-Rod came back to Hank and Hal saying that he wanted to be resigned.

  164. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Does this guy realize that it wasn’t just Cashman who didn’t pick David Wright. He was the the 38th pick in the draft. Guess all GMs are idiots

  165. Scott January 4th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    what an ignorant article. I am glad you are not a sports writer.

    It is so very easy to criticize a GM after the moves blew up. No GM could look into the future and be able to say that alot of those moves would end up being bad moves. Not to mention some moves were not even moves that Cashman wanted. Steinbrenner and his Tampa cronies forced some moves upon Cashman.

    At the time several of the moves that Cashman made on your list looked very good at the time. Jeff Weaver looked like a young up and coming pitcher. Nick Johnson was and has been injury prone and even to this day Juan Rivera has never claimed a full time starting spot. Vazquez was also a good young up and coming pitcher who pitched well for us the first half of the season, but for whatever reason he imploded in the second half. Signing Sheff over Vlad was not Cashman’s call. He wanted Vlad over Sheff. The Yankees also needed pitching bad and that is why they brought in Johnson, Pavano and Wright. The yankees had nothing in their system that could step into the rotation so what did you want him to do?

    The topping on the cake with your ignorant article is criticizing Cashman for signing Teix and CC over trading our young prospects for Cabrera and Santana. That is sheer stupidity. We got two players who are of the same caliber of Santana and Cabrera, we kept our prized prospects who should be ready to help in a year or two and here you are bashing him. So Cashman looks like he is getting this thing right for once by signing two upper echelon players and he gets crapped on. Greattttt.

  166. harwood January 4th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    ” gianthinker January 4th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Andruw Jones for $5MM on a 1 year deal to play CF? The cost will be very low. Should the Yankees try him out for the year with little other options?

    Not unless we can get him back on roids.

  167. gianthinker January 4th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Can we stop these guest spots? I’d rather deal with no posts than a guest writer. If I wanted to read their blog entry I’d go to their blog. No offense to any of the guests because I know this isn’t easy but it makes me not want to bother with this blog having to deal with other bloggers mooching on its success.

  168. pavi January 4th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Sam I Am, you lost the chance to get traffic to you blog,look at the response,you sound more like someone from Boston.What a joke~

  169. Scott January 4th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Agreed after this post by Sam I AM there is no way in hell I am even going bother checking out his blog.

  170. gianthinker January 4th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    harwood-LOL! I just had that exact convo last night with one of my friends! LOL! Thats funny stuff. Jones had to juice right?

  171. Scott January 4th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I would rather take a chance on Baldelli then Andrue Jones. At least he is still young, can hit, doesn’t lack desire like Jones, and at worst be a valuable bench player for us.

  172. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story January 4th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Oy, some of you guys–if you think the guest posts are so bad, why don’t you try it?

    I give kudos to Sam for trying–and leaving himself open for a reception such as this.

  173. RhapsodyInBlue January 4th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    No one said it was easy Rebecca, however some of Sam’s contentions and criticisms regarding Cashman deserved to be challenged.

  174. jennifer January 4th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    gianthinker
    absolutely. He is woefully out of shape now. That said no way to I take a chance on him.

  175. PittsburghYankeeFan January 4th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Andruw Jones: at this point, is he better than melky/gardner?

    Yankee Stadium Bond Issue: this is really a non-issue, to use a pun. Spending money on players has nothing to do with spending money on the stadium. Sure, the city loses on the tax status of the bonds, but let’s get real here–the city is not buying the bonds, investors are, correct? Also, the city is getting way more back from the Yankees going forward in terms of a tax base for the Bronx, as well as jobs and money going into the Bronx, than the tax loss on the bonds. That is what tax exemption is for, correct?

    Sam I Am: eat some more green eggs and ham, bro. Judge Cashman on these next three years–these are all his, with Hal in control and supporting him. The Yankees on paper are now set for the next 4-5 years. Do a bit more farm development, and the dynasty may be reborn. The only issue is if the Yankees do pull this off and win 2 of the next 3 WS, when the CBA comes up for negotiation in 2011, the owners may ask for a salary cap.

  176. john January 4th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Terrible post. I cannot even believe the Santana and Miggy comment over CC and Tex. The Yankees kept tradeable chips or useable guys by not making the Santana deal. They even moved Marquez for Swisher this year who was part of that deal. If you had a choice between just Santana and CC that is pretty even, but then throw in the 4 players they had to give up that’s a no brainer. Then wanting Miggy over Tex? Let’s see… Detriot already has moved him out of position because he can’t play defense. He will be the youngest full time DH soon enough. There has always been character issues and parrallels Andruw Jones in that regard. High talent, early success, gains weight starts slipping, who can not see the same senario happening with him regardless of the talent. Or take the gold glove defender at first, durable, switch hits, is the opposite personality and known to be a hard worker. Yeah, makes absolutely zero sense your comment there. Overall this was another lame Cashman bashing writeup. He has made some bad moves for sure, but so has most GMs and singling out Theo is a joke. As Theo found out it is very hard to win once you start losing your core championship players. No Manny, makes a huge difference. Say what you will, if you have Manny finding players to fill in around him is much easier than finding another Manny or the right combo. Theo now lost Manny and Ortiz looks like an aging Giambi. Let’s see what he does now. Remember the Yankees have been searching for their core again and I think they now have it. It’s hard when you lose the Bernies, Oneils, etc of the world. You just don’t go out and get a new one. They are special players and that is where Cashman may have failed lately, in trying to track down that “special core.” But landing Arod was pretty good regardless of what you think of the guy.

  177. jennifer January 4th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Rebecca- His article was revisionist history. If he was factually correct that is one thing. He was incorrect on so many points.

  178. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story January 4th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Revisionist history is probably the most vile term I have ever heard….

    (you have to be a history grad to understand)

  179. SamVa January 4th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Guys, this is ridiculous.. I’m sure if he hasn’t gotten the message that we don’t like his blog then he never will.. You are wasting your time with this. All you are doing is feeding a fire that does not deserve a flame. Leave him alone. Let’s talk about what this blog is for, our opinions on the YANKEES, not our opinion’s on someone else’s opinion’s of Cashman’s stupidity.. (by the way I don’t care for Cashman, but I am not opposed to him.. Every GM makes good and bad moves, no one is perfect. I would say that he has overall made considerable errors, but also done some things pretty well (C.C./Tex/AJ)) I will hold my opinion on him until the end of the season.

  180. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Concerning AJ, you’ll probably have to withhold judgment until 2012 and beyond

  181. Vader January 4th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Good try Sam, however I agree with most of the posts and RhapsodyInBlue was spot-on regarding Schilling, the Yankees were not getting him and if I remember they wanted Jorge too.

    Good luck with your blog, I couldn’t do it.

  182. BrooklynPaulie January 4th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Dude, you need to do your homework. Talk about about painting with a broad brush. While I’m not the biggest fan of Cashman, you can’t nuke the guy for every mistake made by the organization over the past 10 years. As far as his drafts go, let’s see how they develop…Especially considering his fingerprints will be more on the picks over the last couple of years than in years past.

    Also, if you want to be a writer, get a proof reader.

  183. abie January 4th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    i think your all nuts! SAM I AM is right I would much rather have Johan Santana over CC Sabathia..CC is only getting all of ur votes for something that he did in the NL Central!!! This is the AL East not the NL..BIG DIFFERENCE!! If you ask me i would rather give up those 2 pieces of junk called hughes and kennedy and throw in melky for Johan! Also Miguel Cabrera has much better numbers than Tex! and on top of that there is an article out i forget from who..about how this will cause the yanks not to resign Jeter in a couple of years because now the 1st base position is clogged up..also we may be in trouble with Posada if he can’t throw again! Whereas Cabrera can play first for now then move to third a dn have A-Rod at short in 2010 and Jeter at first!…

    BAD MOVES! and don’t get me started on Beltran…we need a Center Fielder badly! and you are saying good move not signing him! hes one of the best CF if not the best in the game!

  184. duh January 4th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    good job Pete.

    i’m glad you don’t mind someone posting garbage on your blog.

  185. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    A-Rod at short in 2010? you’re not serious

  186. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    and CC won the AL Cy in 2007, pitching um, in the AL

  187. abie January 4th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    if not arod at short in 2010 then who?

    we all can see jeter’s defense being a problem even this past yr what will be in 2010 when he is a free agent!

    Would u give him a contract like Posada and Mariano git at 15 mil per year for all the memmories even though he’ll be a DH at best..DH is where we are clogged up the most!

  188. abie January 4th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    and Johan won the CY Young how many times????

  189. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    “Would u give him a contract like Posada and Mariano git at 15 mil per year for all the memmories even though he’ll be a DH at best”

    i would not. unless there’s a way he can pay the OF, you let let walk (as much as i hate to say it)

  190. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    CC + hughes + kennedy + melky is better than santana

  191. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    and jj hardy’s a FA in 2 yrs. don’t be shocked if you see him in pinstripes

  192. gianthinker January 4th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Rebecca-All bloggers should be given credit for putting themselves out there. I’m a Knick blogger and I know the hard work that goes into it.

    However, “Sam” put himself in a bad position writing a piece based on nothing factual and came off sounding like an idiot. Being a GM is just like playing baseball. Its a game of failure. Its easy to point out mistakes but you also have to take them in context. Vlad over Sheff? Duh, but that was the BOSS not Cashman. Pavano and Wright? Duh, but that year the Yanks (like this off-season) decided to get multiple starters and they were two of the top three (Pedro being the other) and we weren’t going after Martinez. Did they work out? No. Should they have gotten those contracts? No, but thats who was available. Miguel Cabrera? He’s on the same diet plan as Andruw Jones and has already eaten himself out of a corner OF spot or 3B and most likely be a DH in the next 2-3 seasons. Santana? Okay, he’s probably the best pitcher in baseball. The hang up for most fans (including me) was Hughes. We should have taken the deal when we could have had him for the Kennedy package but by then they decided to wait for CC. Its a decision. They had to make one and they did. Johnny Damon over Carlos Beltran? Worst of all the moves you mentioned. But Damon was the lead off hitter they were looking for so they went with him over the mole. Juan Rivera was never and never will be considered a blue-chip player. Nick Johnson is a good player but how can you hate Pavano and love Johnson when they are both always hurt? I’d take CC and Mark Teixeira over Johan and Miguel Cabrera any day! Cabrera is a glorified DH while Teixeira is a gold glover in his prime! Johan is better than CC but CC is still one of the 10 true aces in baseball and they are both lefty. I’m very happy with what we got. Cabrera sure turned those Tigers around didn’t he? Who was in the playoffs last year Sabathia or Santana, I forget? AJ hasn’t pitched a single ball for the Yankees yet. How do you know that was a bad contract? For all you know CC could be like Pavano for 7 years and AJ could NEVER get hurt again and be an ace. You dont know. I dont know. You cant judge it right now.

    The point is, I just ran down his complaints quickly and disputed his point without looking anything up or putting a lot of time into it. I’m not saying Ca$hman is perfect because he’s not but lets not make up facts about him in order to support your argument against him. Either Sam needs to step his game up or stop insulting the readers like we don’t know anything and wont notice the wool being pulled over our eyes. With all do respect, this is a NY blog on a NY team and NYers dont like being spoken down to or have our time wasted. Sam made himself sound like a joke. He wont be picking up readers from here.

  193. duh January 4th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    you do know that Beltran and Damon were not in the same offseason, right?

  194. duh January 4th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    “CC is only getting all of ur votes for something that he did in the NL Central!!!”

    great, another moron.

    Sabathia won the Cy Young in 2007.

    in the AL.

    this blog gets worse by the minute.

  195. abie January 4th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    i think we can all admit melky = 0..hence we are looking for a CF now and currently have a guy with one of the worst BA over the past few years as the the current starter…Swisher…

    hughes has not shown anything but ill agree he has upside that still hasn’t shown..

    and i dont see kennedy being anything but maybe a long-man in the bullpen if that…with his pitching style he’ll need an unbelievable amount of control..

    how many wins combined did they have last yr?

  196. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    “how many wins combined did they have last yr?”

    how old are they again

  197. Hendo January 4th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    wow… how could you even let him post this? Are you that starved for guest bloggers? Maybe I should volunteer. I could write just as much only on why he’s wrong in about 90% of it. You write like someone who just started watching baseball this year

  198. abie January 4th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    “Sabathia won the Cy Young in 2007.in the AL.this blog gets worse by the minute.”

    My point was that Johan is better than him…i know he won the CY Young in 07 but if he would have finished in the AL last yr his demand would have been way down this yr..

  199. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    i do agree w u on melky. basically a nothing, and the reason why i’d rather see gardner out there in 2009

  200. Old Ranger January 4th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    You mean to tell me that everyone is done bashing Sam I Am?
    Drive 4-5, CB, SJ44, OldYanksFan, and GreenBeret7 you guys are some of the more informed guys on this blog. There is also (the resident liberal) 86w183 and the three ladies…Doreen, Jennifer and Rebecca (and don’t underestimate them)—the Optimists.
    How about you people doing a guest Blog? I actually think anyone of you would do one heck of a good job. No joke, I think it would be great, one or two of the long time posters doing a blog. I know Rebecca has done hers’ but, that was dif., she also has a good blog herself.
    Anyhow, just a thought. And 86w183, don’t take offence, no criticism intended.

  201. randy l January 4th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    “Before you continue reading, I would like you all to know that I despise Brian Cashman. Not because he’s a bad person, but because he single-handedly ruined my Yankees.”

    sam
    no one has bashed cashman more on this blog than me, but by blaming cashman for so many things starting in the late 90′s, you’re showing a lack of knowledge on how the yankee system works. you didn’t mention at all the tampa base of operations that was responsible for many of the trades you said were so bad. the tampa base was also responsible for many of the good trades too.

    saying cashman was either responsible or not responsible for the yankees from 1999-2008 misses the point that he was in competition from 1999-2005 with the tampa faction.

    it ‘s no as simple as just blaming cashman. with someone like wang, for example, who was responsible for wang’s success with the yankees?
    cashman encouraged his signing in 2000 and neil allen of the tampa faction taught him the sinker that turned wang into a star. cashman brought him up in 2005 suddenly, but allen was the bullpen coach at the time. so up to that point, wang is a byproduct of both cashman ( new york faction) and the tampa faction.

    so this was a success of the yankee system. but then what does cashman do? he fires allen after 2005 in his purge of tampa people when he gets power. so now wang is without his coach who taught him the sinker. but wang then goes on to win 19 games two years in a row without allen, so maybe cashman knew what he was doing.

    well not exactly, wang has allen on speed dial and over those next two years he calls him constantly after games especially after a bad game when his sinker isn’t working well.

    so is cashman an idiot with wang? i don’t see how that could be said because he was responsible for signing him and bringing him up, but then on the other hand he fires the coach who created his best pitcher in his desire to get rid of people who he perceives as tampa based.

    wang illustrates the good and bad traits of cashman. he makes some very good signings , but he eliminates or limits some good people around him in his desire for control. allen was coaching a guy named david price for tampa bay the last time i checked. there has been a coaching drain with the yankees at the minor league level because of cashman . gil patterson is another pitching coach who left.

    the wang saga is a specific example of why i personally don’t love cashman, but on the other hand, he’s done a very good job at adjusting from his mistakes and reloading the team for 2009. cashman is not a total idiot or a total genius , but somewhere in the middle . at the moment,i think he’s moved away from the total idiot end of the spectrum, and i’m comfortable with how he’s handling the team at the moment and the direction it’s going in.

    so sam ,i think i’m saying you need to dig deeper and get more facts to back up your premise that cashman ruined your team . it’s just a lot more complex than how you described the situation.

  202. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    cc had a bad april, but a great may and june last year. he would have been in the cy race again if he stayed.

  203. abie January 4th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    “how old are they again”

    since when are we the franchise of tomorrow…

  204. Kevin January 4th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Sam, you are a moron and a disgrace. You don’t deserve a blog. You clearly have no clue what you’re talking about and you’re one of those people that perpetuate the idea that Yankee fans are stupid.

    And Pete, you should know better. Don’t post this tripe just because some loser with a high school education thinks he knows enough about baseball to start a blog. I’m all for the guest posting, but after a pathetic post like this, I think some censorship is definitely necassary.

  205. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    “since when are we the franchise of tomorrow…”

    since that’s the way you HAVE to run a franchise to be successful. looking at both today AND tomorrow. you want to just give away the farm? that’s worked VERY well in the past.

  206. duh January 4th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    “My point was that Johan is better than him…i know he won the CY Young in 07 but if he would have finished in the AL last yr his demand would have been way down this yr..”

    no, it wouldn’t have.

    you have no idea what you are talking about.

    if his demand was “down”, why did the Brewers trade Matt LaPorta to get him for half a season?

    you are clueless.

    Sabathia’s 2008 numbers in Cleveland:

    April – 32 IP, 7.88 ERA
    May – 44.1 IP, 2.44 ERA
    June – 38 IP, 1.89 ERA

    His previous 2 seasons:
    2006: 192 IP, 3.22 ERA
    2007: 241 IP, 3.21 ERA

    so, he had 1 bad month in 2 1/2 years and you are trying to imply that he can’t pitch in the AL?

    simply moronic.

  207. abie January 4th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    oh and my key to this yr..is Mariano Rivera…a pitcher in his upper 30′s with alot of innings on his arm coming off of shoulder surgery..scares me..if he isn’t right..then i guess it moves Joba to the pen and then the pen doesn’t look so gr8 with the setup men and the rotation will look worse with an injury prone Burnett and no Joba..i think we should be looking to add someone in the pan..we only have to look cross-town to see an example

  208. gianthinker January 4th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    “The idea is to give you a taste of what Yankees blog are out there, good bad or otherwise.”

    Peter Abraham-Thats all good and fine but if we wanted to check out their blogs we would. You have links on your page. We can find them on our own. I have zero desire to read pinch hitters and have no problem not coming to your blog as a result of them. We didn’t ask for this. Remember when you had hardly any hits and there was only a handful of us chatting with you? That was the heyday of this blog but those days are over sadly. Now we’re over run by arguments, trolls and bad bloggers taking YOUR forum. Again, if we want to read their stuff we’d go to their respective sites. Even the bloggers who I read and you have on shouldn’t be here because its not their place. I dont want to come here and go to their spots to find the same post. Come on Peter these posts are a joke. Its just a waste of your IP guys time having to deal with the comment sections crashing because we cant believe someone would write such a dumb entry as this “Sam I am” post. Come on, you know. You had to point out his post was inaccurate at the bottom with your little note. It’s insulting to your readers. These guest dont belong here.

  209. abie January 4th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    you are just proving CC’s case and not showing Johan!

    There is no way that CC is better than Johan

  210. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    abie, i agree w u that mo is key. he’s always key. but it was minor shoulder surgery (if there is such a thing) and all reports all that he’s perfectly fine. no reason to the think otherwise.

    oh, we don’t need any pen help. bruney, marte, veras, remirez, coke in front of mo is perfectly fine. and if anyway implodes, we have albaladejo and melancon waiting in the wings.

  211. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    johan may be slightly better, but again:

    CC + hughes + kennedy + melky > santana

  212. duh January 4th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    “There is no way that CC is better than Johan”

    no one is arguing that he is.

    they are both in the top 5 pitchers in baseball.

    Sabathia is 1.5 years younger and didn’t cost prospects to obtain.

    this isn’t rocket science.

    right now, the organization is better off with Sabathia plus whatever they would have had to trade for Santana.

  213. Doug January 4th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    duh, looks like we’re on the same page here

  214. Bob(The Original) January 4th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    There has to be a better way to fill the Jan-Feb. baseball vacuum than these guest blogs.

    Aside from a couple, they are a tremendous waste of time to read.

    It’s like sports radio when they start taking calls, I turn it off. Time is too valuable to waste on stupidity.

  215. gianthinker January 4th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    CC Johan and Miguel

  216. Old Ranger January 4th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    abie@12:03/12:05
    The point some have been trying to make on the reason CC is a better choice then Santana is very simple; The prospects.
    Prospects, means future not 2008, this year, or even next year…maybe NEVER, one never knows…this is why they are called prospects.
    ——————————
    since when are we the franchise of tomorrow…
    ——
    Since Cash took over. He wants to win every year not just this year, if you have all vets on a team (2008, Yanks) with long contracts and they get old at the same time…ooops!
    Logic is a good thing to have, don’t you think?

  217. duh January 4th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    in 2002, the Diamondbacks had a handshake deal with David Wells.

    Wells had been available all offseason and the Yankees hadn’t expressed much interest until AFTER he agreed with the Diamondbacks.

    Wells went to take his physical, but for some reason, the doctor didn’t show up and the physical was delayed for a few days.

    in typical Steinbrenner fashion, George used this window to jump in and sign Wells, even though he had a handshake agreement with Arizona.

    rightfully so, this INCENSED Jerry Colangelo and the D-Backs.

    it angered him so much, that when it came time to deal Schilling, he wanted nothing to do with trading with the Yankees.

    Schilling had a no trade clause, and wanted to go to either New York or Philly.

    however, still mad about Boomer, the D-Backs were demanding BOTH Nick Johnson and Alfonso Soriano from the Yankees. the Yankees obviousy refused.

    it was only AFTER all of this nonsense that Theo came in and convinced Schilling to come to Boston.

    this isn’t just making excuses for Cashman. this HAPPENED.

    and when you actually remember the context of how things went down, you start to understand the environment Cashman was working in for several years.

    instead, you (Sam), just decided to write a factually inaccurate hatchet piece that most people here rightfully see as the piece of crap that it is.

    bravo.

  218. YankeeVIP January 4th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    This is by far the stupidest, most incompetent analysis I have ever seen (and I use a childish term like “stupid” simply cause this is the type of analysis a 12yr old would do).

    Seriously, if you think that simply making a list of select transactions is your evidence, dont try to write your own blog.. its a waste of all our time.

    learn to take all factors into consideration; the good vs. the bad and perform a real analysis of the players, their numbers, number of wins, etc.

    i am not delusional to think everything Cash has done has worked out for the better, but just consider the fact that every other baseball team would take him as their GM in a second.. he must be doing something right.

  219. Virginia Yankee January 4th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Blaming Cashman for Steinbrenner’s interference and over rules is not useful in an evaluation of Cashman

    In the split tampa NY managment of the time it was likely impossible for Cashman to force a decision-

    I blame cashman and unfaily – blaming the Ynakees maangemet as a group for the blunders Sam points to is fair

    You are all factually incorcorect in you analysis of the Snatana trades

    Cashman at that time did have control and did have the chips. He chose not to use them that would be fair enough but THE FAILURE was walking away from the negotiations as the Twinkies proce dropped to the Mets basket

    Sanatana alone would have ade the difference in 2008 and would not have “hurt” the opportunity to sign Sabbathia and Teixeira in 2008-2009. The difference is a lost 2008 and Burnett instead of Santana — likley IPK and Melky would have been the first 2 in the trade.

    Failing to get Beltran – a Front Office failure led to the lose to tha Angels — the Yankees (depite Damon’s solid play) are stil looking for a CF.

    You all love Posada – so do I – the contract was stupid and brough about by a toiatla inability to prepare for the age defined transition — we will se a recurrance with Jeter.

  220. duh January 4th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    “Sanatana alone would have ade the difference in 2008 and would not have “hurt” the opportunity to sign Sabbathia and Teixeira in 2008-2009. The difference is a lost 2008 and Burnett instead of Santana—likley IPK and Melky would have been the first 2 in the trade.”

    and nevermind the $60-80M difference in their contracts, right?

    also, IPK and Melky for Santana? please.

    why do people keep repeating this garbage when it’s been cited over and over that if Kennedy was in the package the other piece was CHIEN MING WANG.

    this has been proven over and over and confirmed by Cashman himself on WFAN.

    is Melky and IPK even better than the Mets’ package? don’t you usually have to make the best offer to win a trade?

    just stop.

  221. Patrick January 4th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    SJ44 summed it up pretty well. This was a pretty bad post.

  222. randy l January 4th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    ” I’m all for the guest posting, but after a pathetic post like this, I think some censorship is definitely necassary.”

    sam-
    don’t you hate it when that happens ?

    here’s how i see it. peter is taking a chance with the guest blogs with the idea of trying something new. it’s a very slow time of the year, so why not try something different? how do you discover something new if you don’t take the chance that something new will be crap.

    it’s not like he’s having guest posters during the playoffs. rebecca’s piece yesterday will stick with a lot of us. i say it’s worth having some pieces you don’t like to get the one you do like. creativity is a messy process.

  223. jay destro January 4th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    i suppose your heart is in the right place but your knowledge of the facts is pretty poor. good try.

  224. Garym(Yanks and More) January 4th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I agree Cashman has made some bad moves but come on. Look at how he has restocked the farm system and by signing these free agents this yr kept the prospects like Hughes,Kennedy,Gardner etc. Will all of them workout of course not, but its good to have depth, Joba is alread here, WAng, Cano, maybe melky or Gardner or both and the bullpen, these are all homegrown guys. Most of those mistakes were before Cash was really in charge, remember George overruled a lot, like personally negotiating with Sheff himself. I think if Cash messed up this offseason then you can have a lot to say but he has done what he need to do, lets see how this season turns out.

  225. duh January 4th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    “here’s how i see it. peter is taking a chance with the guest blogs with the idea of trying something new. it’s a very slow time of the year, so why not try something different? how do you discover something new if you don’t take the chance that something new will be crap.”

    I agree 100%. There is nothing wrong with posting guest spots.

    But here is my problem with this one: Pete posted it even though he KNEW it was factually inaccurate. Maybe he could have screened this one? I don’t know.

    I can see both sides, I get what Pete is trying to do. But on the other hand, I can just start a “blog” and that will give me license to say whatever I want whether it is true or not?

    This guy literally said that Cashman “single-handedly ruined the Yankees”. Even the biggest Cashman detractors (those who operate in a reality based world at least) would have to say this is EXTREMELY inaccurate.

    Even if Cashman had brought the Yankees 5 titles in the last 5 years, no one would say he did it “single-handedly”, would they? Of course not. So how could he “single-handedly” have “ruined” the team?

    It’s just dumb.

    I’m all for Pete using his blog how he sees fit, and the other guest spots have been pretty good.

    But this one is just dumb.

    And I don’t see why I have to have the patience for stupidity.

  226. MikeD January 4th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    SIA — You’re cherry picking, and not providing any context. If you want to be a sportswriter, you’ll need to provide the complete picture for your ideas to be taken seriously. Oh, wait. What am I saying. That’s what a journlist would do, not a sportwriter, who are the worst offenders. Carry on.

    And to cgar and his comment: “another cash mistake is sheff instead of vlad.” I haven’t bothered to read through all 200 plus posts, so someone no doubt pointed this out, but Cash wanted Vlad. It was George who wanted Sheff.

  227. jennifer January 4th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    abie

    You can’t be serious. In case you missed it Johan pitched his entire career in the AL CENTRAL!!! Last season he pitched in the NL EAST with the Phillies (okay they were good), Braves (stunk), Marlins (stunk), Nationals (stunk)

    How is that any different than where CC pitched.

  228. duh January 4th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    “I haven’t bothered to read through all 200 plus posts, so someone no doubt pointed this out, but Cash wanted Vlad. It was George who wanted Sheff.”

    why bother arguing this? EVERYONE knows this by now.

    EVERYONE. it’s well documented.

    the only people who refuse to acknoledge this have a clear agenda.

  229. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing January 4th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    This blog post is nothing more than a vent (which is fine, its an aspect of blogging) and should be viewed as such. It shouldn’t be viewed as investigative, researched writing – because its not. Its the blogger venting his feelings. I might disagree with everything he’s written, but he’s still entitled to vent without being called an idiot – attack his views (which most have done) calling him an idiot is a bit much. He’s generated dialogue here after all, which was the point wasn’t it.

    Sam, here’s a hint though – you can hold the same argument without looking so biased and one-sided. Acknowledging that he had good signings doesn’t necessarily weaken your argument – but ignoring them wholesale and focusing on the bad does. Its clearly a vent, so I won’t harp on the lack of reasearch angle, but if you’d wanted this to come across as less than a vent and more a thoughtful well reasoned argument, then doing your homework is a must before publishing. Because others will surely do it for you after you publish it. Which I assume most journalists try to avoid.

  230. Coach January 4th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    1. Trading Mike Lowell for nothing. Why would you need a 3B prospect when in 1998 Scott Brosius was named World Series MVP. Also, you know who had basically IDENTICAL numbers (in 50 less at bats) in Columbus in 1998, the catcher, Mike Figga. Man, fire Cashman for blowing that one too. I’d also rather Lowell than that Rodriguez guy, and too bad Aaron Boone never hit any important home runs while he was the third baseman.
    2. The Yankees bullpen was amazing in 2001, their ERA+ was only 145. As one person, that would be 5th in the majors in 2001. Of course Cashman thought he could trade a failed starter with injury history for a bench upgrade.
    3. Weaver and Lilly had nearly identical stats in 2002, however Weaver was a more highly touted prospect. Never mind Cash traded Irabu for Lilly a season prior, so if you think about Jeff Weaver’s potential versus Irabu’s bust, i think Cash did an OK job.
    4. Trading for a Brown, who had an ERA+ of 169 the year previous is a done deal. Johan’s ERA+ in his last season in Minnesota was 133.
    2003 Stats
    Sheffield
    HR: 39
    RBI: 132
    AVG: .330
    OPS: 1.023
    ’03 salary: $11M
    vs.
    Vlad
    HR: 25
    RBI: 79
    AVG: .330
    OPS: 1.012
    ’03 salary: $11.5M
    I think you can see where Cash was coming from with this one.
    5. Blue Chip Nick Johnson 0 All Star Appearances Juan Rivera 0 All Star Appearances for Javy Vazquez 1 All Star Appearance in his first season as a Yankee. Forget the HR in the Sox series, he is not a reliever.
    You also can not control what another team accepts for a trade. There is no way to say that the Diamondbacks would have traded 38 Pitches for those two “blue chippers”
    6. Pavano had just thrown 423 in the past two years, was an all star in his walk year and got CY Young votes in his walk year and was only 28. I think every GM would want that arm on their team.
    Jaret Wright’s 2004 season: 15-8 186 IP 159K 70BB 3.28ERA. Again, someone I want on my team.
    7. Randy Johnson in 2004: 2.60 ERA 0.90 WHIP 290 K in 245 IP. 1990-2004 there were 3 years where he pitched less than 200 innings. Who wants that? Especially for a guy who put up a 6+ era after the All-Star break, even though his first half garnered him an all-star bid.
    8. Johan had an ERA+ of 133 in his last season in Minnesota, never mind CC’s was 142 and won the CY Young that year. If you think that on the overall, including defense Miguel Cabrera is a more valuable player than Mark Teixeira, then there is no logic in that. A Gold Glove 1B who has virtually identical stats or a converted 3B who has weight/motivation issues at 25. CC + Teixiera + Hughes is far better than Johan and Cabrera. Also, based on the Cabrera package, the Yankees didn’t have the prospects to get that done.

    Do you have to be convinced that signing the player with the best tools in the game to a long deal? You are the same kind of guy that would say, I can’t believe the Yankees let A-Rod walk and signed (insert Joe Crede or some other lackluster 3B here).

    The Mets drafted Aaron Heilman in front of David Wright and every other team in the majors also passed on him. Let’s also kill Cashman for not drafting Pujols since he lasted to the 13th round. The only GM to not see his potential is Cash, so let’s blame him. I guess CMW is a toss away player that was signed and the farm system that Baseball America ranked as the #5 system in the MLB.

    That article was just a joke.

  231. jennifer January 4th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Pete succeed in what he wanted to do. Got lots of hits on this entry. :lol:

  232. Mike S. January 4th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Miggy Cabrera over Teix? Not in my book.

  233. bartap January 4th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Just a note. The movie “Sam I am” was about a developmentally challenged man. If our guest blogger is similarly afflicted, then we should applaud him for making an effort here. Otherwise, I have to agree with the majority of the posters above. This “analysis” is really not worthy of this blog.

  234. bartap January 4th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Ok, so the movie was actually called “I am Sam.” I guess I’ll have to go with my second option.

  235. chauncey delgado January 4th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I never post here but this terrible and uninformed post made me.

    You say you want to be a sports writer then do some research and know what you are talking about.

    You are the type of yankee fan that makes me have to argue with people and explain that not all of us are dumb. You have no business discussing or posting about the yankees since you don’t even understand the deals he made.

    Here are 2 examples:
    The yanks tried to get schilling and schilling said he wanted to be a yank but arizona was mad at the yanks for the wells signing and tried to fleece them and then took much less from the sox in a form of spite you could say.

    Pavano was the top Pitching FA and everyone wanted him including your homeboy theo, he actually took less money then he was offered from the sox to come to the yankees.

    Please just do sales and don’t discuss the yankees in public, you make us all look worse.

  236. sunny615 January 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    yikes man… this was just foul. Sorry, but this post was all kinds of bad in every way.

    *research* my friend. It’s a writers best friend.

  237. chauncey delgado January 4th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I never post here but this terrible and uninformed post made me.

    You say you want to be a sports writer then do some research and know what you are talking about.

    You are the type of yankee fan that makes me have to argue with people and explain that not all of us are dumb. You have no business discussing or posting about the yankees since you don’t even understand the deals he made.

    Here are 2 examples:
    The yanks tried to get schilling and schilling said he wanted to be a yank but arizona was mad at the yanks for the wells signing and tried to fleece them and then took much less from the sox in a form of spite you could say.

    Pavano was the top Pitching FA and everyone wanted him including your homeboy theo, he actually took less money then he was offered from the sox to come to the yankees.

    then there are all the forced deals for steinbrenner like sheff over vlad as well.

    Please just do sales and don’t discuss the yankees in public, you make us all look worse. I hate when people can’t be intelligent and it is worse when it is something i care about otherwise I just laugh at you for being dumb, which partner you are.

  238. GreenBeret7 January 4th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Old Ranger
    January 4th, 2009 at 12:06 pm
    You mean to tell me that everyone is done bashing Sam I Am?
    Drive 4-5, CB, SJ44, OldYanksFan, and GreenBeret7 you guys are some of the more informed guys on this blog. There is also (the resident liberal) 86w183 and the three ladies…Doreen, Jennifer and Rebecca (and don’t underestimate them)—-the Optimists.
    How about you people doing a guest Blog? I actually think anyone of you would do one heck of a good job. No joke, I think it would be great, one or two of the long time posters doing a blog. I know Rebecca has done hers’ but, that was dif., she also has a good blog herself.
    Anyhow, just a thought. And 86w183, don’t take offence, no criticism intended.

    ————————————————————

    Ranger, after I read that, I started to post a response, but, everything had been said. The only words you guys left me to use wouldn’t get through the censoring filters.

  239. randy l January 4th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    i think this is a time of optimism in yankee land , so today’s post by sam is kind of out of touch with what people want to hear. my position with cashman is to wait and see how he adjusts to injuries, players showing up out of shape, and the many variables that will appear in the spring and early season.

    i’m looking to see how he blends his younger and cheaper ideas with with the new free agent signings and also how he fits the pieces of the puzzle together. on paper right now there’s still a lot up in the air. where does swisher play? damon? melky?

    he still has to get a 5th starter. if he falls asleep at the wheel, things could go bad quickly. on the other hand, he seems very engaged with the team right now and very in to it. i don’t see any marty millers showing up this spring. the coaching staff has a year more under their belts. there are a lot of positives to build on.

    slow continual progress is what we’re looking for and that seems to be what is happening.

  240. duh January 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    ” might disagree with everything he’s written, but he’s still entitled to vent without being called an idiot – attack his views (which most have done) calling him an idiot is a bit much. ”

    if i recall correctly, there were several guest spots last winter that criticized Cashman, and the reactions were not as strong. here is why this guy was attacked so strongly:

    here are some of the words he used:

    “I despise Brian Cashman.”
    “No matter what, he manages to screw up.”
    “His drafts have been putrid.”

    The guest blogger used inflammatory language to prove his points, and therefore the response has been equally strong.

    In other words, he got was he was after, a strong reaction.

    Unfortunately for him, his critics used things like “facts” and “critical thinking” to dispute his moronic post.

    So, whatever. The guy just wants blog hits. Good for him. He’ll probably get them too. He wouldn’t even respond in this thread except to say “Come to my blog and I’ll defend my post”.

    No thanks.

    Next time I am in need of purchasing birth control, I’ll just read this post.

  241. DonnyBase January 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Good stats there Coach, I agree with that defense.

  242. Ross January 4th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Sam had some good points until he criticized Cash for re-signing A-Rod. That was asinine.

  243. GreenBeret7 January 4th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Is that a picture of Stiletto or is it Lace that was submitted with this version of Yankee history?

  244. Ross January 4th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    By the way, shouldn’t pointless drivel like this post be screened out from the guest blog series? I know there are PLENTY of better Yankee blogs out there to contribute more valuable insight than this.

    Sam I Am is entitled to his opinion, but that is why he has a blog of his own. There was no way he should have been featured on a stage the size of Lohud Yankees blog.

  245. Kevin Page January 4th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Simple fact is, as great as Mariano has been for us, IF he gets 3 outs in 2001 we WIN THE WORLD SERIES.

    If he gets 3 outs in 2004 WE GO TO THE WORLD SERIES. And history would have changed forever and all of those “bad” signings look okay.

  246. Bob January 4th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    After reading that nonsense, there goes 3 minutes of my life I wasted! What a moronic blog to post here. Perhaps somebody should move to Cleveland and start writing blogs there.

  247. Bob January 4th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Kevin: You are BLAMING Mariano for those 2 years???? Seriously???? Wow….that just blows my mind.

    2001 – The Yankees forgot to bring their offense, except for those “clutch” moments. They had NO BUSINESS getting to Game 5, let alone Game 7.
    2004 – The Yankees were up 3-0 and you’re blaming Mo?? Did he lose all 4 of those games??

  248. Loading it up ! January 4th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Sam…count me in the group of people that think you are totally wrong abou the Cash-man. Monday morning quarterbacks like you are just plain silly whiners. NEXT !

  249. Braintrust January 4th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I’m not a big Cashman supporter, but didn’t George have something to do with the Sheffield signing? Also, the Mets passed on Vlad as well, because there were reports that his back was injured. They were obviously exaggerated.

    Now, going back to 2004, it really boils down to the 4th and 5th games of the ALCS. Mo didn’t get the job done, in large part to Boston’s clutch hitting, and Tom Gordon’s perrenial choke job. Maybe if we had Marte in the pen, he would have struck out Big Papi in that spot. The team just wasn’t deep enough. It’s amazing that we rode Vasquez, Brown, and Leiber as far as we did. Boston had the better club. They had the better club in 2003, but their manager was a dope, and left Pedro in. It’s all history now. What the Yanks need to do is win, and win big. Cashman has three years to bring in a Championship, if he fails, he should get shown the door. It will be interesting to see Girardi’s fate if the Yankees fail to make the post season, or get blown out in the playoffs. My guess is that Girardi is a goner if they do not at least make it to the ALCS, and play competitively.

  250. Boston Dave January 4th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    The Diamondbacks wanted Soriano AND Nick Johnson for Curt Schilling. I don’t blame Cashman for saying no at the time.

    Your arguments aren’t bad, but without context they are hard to give much credence to.

  251. Gustavo Pacheco January 4th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    CC and Teixera cost only money, something the yankees have. Miguiel Cabrera and Johan Santana would have cost money AND prospects which is something the yankees don’t have. I’m not the biggest Cashman fan otju there I’ll admit, but even so over half of your post is misguided and sounds more like something spouted by a half drunk fan at a pub than sports journalism. Stick to being a salesman.

  252. Pat January 4th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    lol good thing you already have a job as a salesman because you’ll never become a sportswriter with junk like this. Do some freakin research

  253. Oppenheimer January 4th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I run the draft silly, Cashman doesn’t really have control of who is drafted. Please understand the org structure before you say dumb things that are amazing for someone who wants to be a sports writer.

    And we thought the post, news, times had their dopes, this proves maybe we were being to hard on them.

  254. S.A.-Brian "The Ninja" Cashman: Showing free agents lots of love January 4th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I’m gonna say this the nicest way I can-the blog post from Sam was pretty much equal to cow dung imo. Stinks all around.

  255. Kevin K January 4th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’ve been visiting this blog since it first came around. This has to have been the worst post I have read.

    Pete, pull this entry down before people may start to associate you with Sam.

    Sam, stick with you sales position. If you sell the same way you write (with little factual knowledge) I am sure you will be looking for a new career soon. Just stay way from sports writing.

  256. Matt January 4th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Like the earlier posts said, it was Soriano AND Johnson for Schilling for the Yankees.

    Would you rather have A-Rod and Vazquez, or Schilling and a huge hole at 3rd base?

    Schilling was never the same after pitching on that ankle in 2004. A-Rod won 2 MVP in the years after, and Vazquez netted us Johnson, who as bad as he was at times, pitched like an ace in 2005.

  257. Old Ranger January 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    GreenBeret7
    January 4th, 2009 at 1:17 pm
    Ranger, after I read that, I started to post a response, but, everything had been said. The only words you guys left me to use wouldn’t get through the censoring filters.
    ———————————————-

    GB7…
    I have read many of them myself, English only goes so far in describing somethings, I guess. So far, many have tried and many have failed to reach the heights of his….I give up too.

  258. David Ellison January 4th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    “Trades blue-chips Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera for Javy Vazquez. He choose Vazquez over Curt Schilling, who the Bosox acquired for Casey Fossum. This costs us the ‘04 series and was the reason the curse was reversed.”

    I stopped reading right there, the Arizona ownership hated George so much they refused to trade Schilling to the Yankees.

    You, my friend, have no idea what you are talking about.

  259. Old Ranger January 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Before I leave for the day, congratulations one and all, for your insightful, knowledgeable and eloquent rhetoric concerning this person (SIA). I think we all had a lot of fun to-day.

  260. Kevin January 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Yes. I would rather have Tex and CC then Johan and Miguel. Not to mention that we got to keep Phil Hughes, IPK, Joba, AJax, Gardner, Tabata(until the Nady trade), Melancon, and Phil Coke. Tex has a glove, Miggy doesn’t so much. Johan is great, but how can you not want CC on your team. He’s the nicest guy ever, just watch his press conference. Cabrera gains weight like no other while Tex is a polished professional. Like Pete said Cash didn’t have much to do with the trade for the Unit or the signing of Sheff. I’m fine with the Johnson and Rivera for Vasquez trade. Johnson was blocked by Giambino and Rivera just isn’t that good. While Vasquez led the Yanks in strikeouts and innings pitched in his one year with the team. And on the draft pick thing how about the guys who are going to be important parts of the team for years to come like Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Brett Gardner(hopefully), Zach McAllister, Dellin Betances, Mark Melancon, Andrew Brackman, and Austin Romine. So just don’t hate on him for stuff he’s done right. You can trash the Burnett, Pavano, Wright, Lowell, Damon, and A-Rod moves all you want. They were bad moves, but the stuff he’s done right admit it was right.

  261. Jim Johnson January 4th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Ah man, this was an amusing post. It was one of the most uniformed, ridiculous things I’ve ever read.

    I give Sam props for going onto the internet and humiliating himself. That’s how you learn.

  262. Yankee Batboy January 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Sam, you do realize that baseball is actually a BUSINESS, not fantasy baseball where you can unload all your prospects for two players. Signing CC/Tex and keep our young prospects makes more sense that signing Santana/Miggy FOR THE SAME $$ and have no one playing for SWB Yankees, Trenton, Tampa, or Staten Island. In a business perspective, apart from ticket sales, media coverage, etc that the Yankees will earn from these two players alone, you also have to consider the volume of merchandise that will be flying off the shelves. I used to be a part of the production dept for Majestics, you know, the company that sells the Authentic jersey that you and the other 2-4mm fans in each stadium wears in every game at $200 a pop? Signing CC and Tex let alone the amount of Jeter and ARod jerseys that will be sold in 2009 will pay for the 8 year service of Tex and the 7 years of CC. the next 6-7 years will be profit. Take all the revenue the Yankees will earn in the next 8 years and how Cashman WILL GIVE BACK to the team, you probably wouldn’t think he’s ignorant. Look at the rival Red Sox who earns possibly the same as the Yankees; yet they’ve only signed Brad Penny? SERIOUSLY?!? they’ve spent “LITERALLY” A PENNY and pocketed the rest!! Is Cashman a simpleton? nah, more of a good business man if anything else and would do anything to keep Yankees fans interested and bleed pinstripes. Just to add onto our 26 Championships with these 3 signings would be an added bonus with the help of the depth in our lineup this year and years to come with our promising prospects. Its not about bad signings, good signings, or just winning championships; its also about maintaining the integrity of the Yankees organization.

    I do want to thank Peter for posting this blog as this now narrows down the Yankees blog journal sites that are constructed well and those mediocre sites ran by simpleminded beat writers that should not be writing in the first place, particularly my beloved Yankees.

  263. hardwired January 4th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Wow, the vitriol generated by one man’s rant…I put the blame on the hat/cigar combo that screams “Prick!”. The fact is, many of his points do have merit. Cashman’s moves over the last 5 yrs or so have blown up in his face. Igawa instead of an affordable Ted Lilly, to me, is the most egregious of the lot.

  264. AdamB January 4th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Yeah,please correct me if Im wrong but didn’t Cashman come to the Yankees in 1998. And then the yankees proceeded to win a few more world series.Whats funny about that is he gets all the credit but there was already a team in line that was already destined for greatness.He was not exactly the brains behind the operation that led to all those championships.2001 was the last time the Yankees actually had a chance to win it all and that was the last year that REAL yankees were intact.From 2002 on is where you see Cashman’s moves taking effect.And by looking at the results and the money at his disposal,he flat out SUCKS!!! And I think about it while writing this.He really does suck for what he has accomplished which is hardly anything to brag about.

  265. Bob(The Original) January 4th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Did you guys look at this clown’s actual blog?

    It’s a joke.

    I especially like how he photo shopped himself into pictures with Giambi, A-Rod and Cano and tries to pass them off as real pictures.

    Comeon Pete, you gotta screen these guest bloggers better than this. A lot of reputable sites like Rotoworld, MLBTR, and guys like Neyer regularly link things from here. Having this drivel here is embarrassing.

  266. Thermos January 4th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Don’t quit the day job, Sam. Being a sportswriter may not be the toughest job in the world, but it apparently requires more than Sam is able to contribute. It doesn’t take much research to know that Cashman had nothing to do with a number of the decisions Sam is critcizing him for. Quality control, Pete.

  267. Yankee Batboy January 4th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Sam, this is our projected 2009 Yankees line up and considering the stats of our newest acquisitions, we’ve become relatively better and younger than we’ve been withing the last 4-5 years including the hitting and pitching depth comparable to the Red Sox and bullpen ERA better than any team on the AL East. Don’t bash them prior to the start of Spring Training. YOU will be purchasing a Teixeira and Sabathia jerseys by the All-Star break:

    1. LF Johnny Damon
    ’09 salary: $13 million
    Last season: .303, 17 HR, 71 RBI
    Best season: (’04) .304, 20 HR, 94 RBI

    2. SS Derek Jeter
    ’09 salary: $20 million
    Last season: .300, 11 HR, 69 RBI
    Best season: (’99) .349, 24 HR, 102 RBI

    3. 1B Mark Teixeira
    ’09 salary: $20 million
    Last season: .308, 33 HR, 121 RBI
    Best season: (’05) .301, 43 HR, 144 RBI

    4. 3B Alex Rodriguez
    ’09 salary: $32 million
    Last season: .302, 35, 103
    Best season: (’07) .314, 54 HR, 156 RBI

    5. DH Hideki Matsui
    ’09 salary: $13 million
    Last season: .294, 9 HR, 45 RBI
    Best season: (’05) .305, 23 HR, 116 RBI

    6. C Jorge Posada
    ’09 salary: $13.1 million
    Last season: .268, 3 HR, 22 RBI
    Best season: (’07) .338, 20 HR, 90 RBI

    7. RF Xavier Nady
    ’09 salary: $3.35 million
    Last season: .305, 25 HR, 97 RBI
    Best season: (’08) .305, 25 HR, 97 RBI

    8. 2B Robinson Cano
    ’09 salary: $6 million
    Last season: .271, 14 HR, 72 RBI
    Best season: (’06) .342, 15 HR, 78 RBI

    9. CF Melky Cabrera
    ’09 salary: $461,200
    Last season: .249, 8 HR, 37 RBI
    Best season: (’07) .273, 8 HR, 73 RBI

    SP. LHP CC Sabathia
    ’09 salary: $14 million
    Last season: 17-10, 2.70 ERA, 251 K
    Best season: (’08) 17-10, 2.70 ERA, 251 K

    RP. RHP Mariano Rivera
    ’09 salary: $15 million
    Last season: 6-5, 1.40 ERA, 39 SV
    Best season: (’05) 7-4, 1.38 ERA, 43 SV

    Bench
    OF-1B-DH Nick Swisher (’09 salary: $5.3 million; Last season: .219, 24 HR, 69 RBI; Best season: (’06) .254, 35 HR, 95
    RBI);
    C Jose Molina (’09 salary: $1 million; Last season: .216, 3 HR, 18 RBI; Best season: (’04) .261, 3 HR, 25 RBI)

    THANK YOU BRIAN CASHMONEY; I will be investing another 6-7k into the Yankees organization in 2009. use my investment wisely into OUR team.

  268. feefoo January 4th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    what a stupid blog *pukes*

  269. Travis G. January 4th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    wow, a lot of problems here. you fail to mention any of Cashman’s good moves: Soriano for Arod, nothing for Abreu, etc.

    hindsight is 20/20.

    “A season later, signs CC Sabathia to substitute for Santana, so he’d rather CC and Mark Teixeira than Johan and Miguel? Insanity!”

    Yes, you are insane. ;)

    Sabathia and Tex are just as good if not better than Santana and Cabrera, except they cost ONLY MONEY, rather than money AND PROSPECTS. you criticized him for not signing Beltran, yet when he signs 2 elite players like CC and Tex you still kill him?!

  270. Patrick Bateman January 4th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    “Pete only allowed me to post 500 words. which didnt really give me an opportunity to elaborate or explain myself.”

    Doesn’t matter if he gave you a Bible to fill. All your facts are wrong.

  271. yankeenate January 4th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    sam i am…glad you’re NOT the GM…

  272. Travis G. January 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    ^^
    i didn’t mean to pile on. i hadn’t read any previous comments before this one.

  273. barotnbickle January 4th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Sam,

    Don’t quit your day job.

  274. EdWhitson January 4th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Wow, this is the worst post ever. It is filled with so many mistakes that it is obvious Sam is 11 years, knows nothing about the Yankees and is a total joke. Sam, I am embarrased for you. It would take me about 2 hours to fix all the mistakes in this point. For instance, Gary Sheffield was a George signing. Sheff was from Tampa and George loved him. Cash wanted Vlad. This was VERY WELL documented. Jaret Wright was a Tampa signing, not Cash. Etc, etc. How do you not know this ? Sure, Cash make mistakes, but we made the playoffs in every season that he was the GM but 1. Wow, he must really be horrible. Sam, please never post here again. You are totally clueless and garbage. If you are going to post, you should at least be somewhat accurate. You were not. Your post was riddled with mistakes. I can out post you any day of the week and welcome the challenge. Your message was junk.

  275. Bob January 4th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I would have liked to have Beltran too and even at the reduced cost, it was too much for him. Adding in the 30-40% luxury tax made it very expensive. In the grand scheme of things, the Yankees did the right thing passing up Beltran. He was NEVER going to be the 40hr guy that Boras was telling everyone he was.

  276. Potch January 4th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    BTW, Abie?

    I know you’re Sam’s shill (or should I say, Schill) from going to his blog.

    Uhhh, you refer to the Yankees as your team, but oddly your blogger icon is that of K-Rod in his new Mets duds. And your vitriol about how great Santana is…

    Hmmm…

    I’m gonna guess that you are a Blue and Orange wearing Mets fan.

    Which is fine, I have no beef with the Mets. Tom Seaver is one of my all time favorite players.

    But, see, you’re trying to pass yourself off as one of us… And well, no. Your defenses here of Sam have been, frankly, puerile and asinine.

    And, judging from his picture, Sam’s a big boy. Sam can and should defend himself. (Although, if he stated his case HERE, he should defend himself HERE. Saying he’ll do it on his own blog is a sad attempt to drum up hits. Well, not so sad, he got me to look…)

    Abie, you remind me of the little loudmouth in “A Christmas Story” who hangs with the red-headed bully. He’s now taken his beat down from Ralphie. so please go away for the rest of the movie/good Peter’s blog.

    Thanks. Buh-bye.

  277. Potch January 4th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Sam I Am posted: “I will be more than happy to defend every point I made .
    Bring it on haters….
    I will be doing this from my blog.
    You have the link….”

    Yes, the link with the COMMA in it, so it doesn’t work.

    Good job all around.

    Learn your punctuation.

  278. David January 4th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I agree that Cash had not done well. He inherited a great team and let it deteriorate despite having by far the biggest budget in baseball. I don’t buy the excuse that George is responsible for the bad decisions. Prior management also had to work with George and they built the best team in baseball.

  279. Potch January 4th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    David: “Prior management also had to work with George and they built the best team in baseball.”

    You mean the team Gene Michael, Buck Showalter and Bob Watson built (with Cash working with them, mind you) while George wasn’t allowed to run them in the early 90′s?

    Or the team that won 3 world series titles under Cashman’s watch, which also made it to two more?

    Eleven years as GM, three as assistant, four titles, six appearances.

    Even Theo can’t match that. (though he’s off to a good start)

  280. Paco Dooley January 4th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I just looked at Vasquez’s 2003 stats to see what the Yanks traded for – he threw 230 innings, had a 3.24 ERA, stuckout 241, had a 1.11 WHIP and a .229 BAA. He had a decent 2002 and a very good 2001, so why wouldn’t you trade for that guy? I thought it was a fantastic trade. I also liked the Weaver trade, and he had a great ERA at the time, and a decent year the year before the trade.

    It’s very easy to criticize in retrospect!

  281. Aaron January 4th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Can i have the time i wasted reading this crap back? we only live once.

  282. les January 4th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    This thread is lousy.In your critique you failed to mention *ANY* of the good he does. Cash did win four WS Championships. Being a GM isn’t an exact science you know.

    Your *bogus* tally of Cashman *stinks!*

  283. eddie January 4th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    *Wow what a hatchet job on Cashman.* Do you really think the Yankees,* *true fans* to standby and let you trash the GM *without* an argument do you?

  284. Rick (Columbus) January 4th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I did not make it past the picture.

  285. Daniel January 4th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    although some points were wrong, i do do agree Cashman has ruined the yanks, there is no question he is one of the worst 5 G.M’s in the game.

  286. Garym(Yanks and More) January 4th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    It is popular to pile on Cash now, but most everything before he took full control was not what he wanted. It takes time to build up the farm, which he has done now, although i would like some more position prospects. I think everyone forgets that Vasquez was an allstar in his 1 season with the Yanks, he collapsed in the end and never got a chance to redeem himself. I dont know about you guys but this is the best job he has done, getting CC,TEx and keeping the prospects. They didn’t get Santana because they knew they could just get CC and save the prospects and TEx is perfect for them. The Yankees are well on their way to getting back to being the Yankees.

  287. yankee shamus January 4th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Wow sam!!!

    You want to be a sports writer?

    Learn to research. You embarrased yourself, pete and all NYY fans with this!

    You must be an ad salesman at the post, b/c this was the most ill-informed piece of garbage I’ve ever read! Keep it up and you’ll have GAKIII’s job in no time…

    Don’t know what is worse: the photo, the post, or peteabe allowing this nonsense…

    And don’t try to defend it Rebecca! You make yourself look ridiculous. Its idiots like Sam that give all of us Yankee fans a bad name!!!!!

    It is high rules!!

  288. Steve January 4th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Can someone list me 10-15 yankee blogs better than his?

  289. Thermos January 4th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    “Can someone list me 10-15 yankee blogs better than his?”

    Sure.

    Pete Abe’s blog

    Scott and Ian’s Bronx View – http://www.thebronxview.com/

    Alex Belth’s Bronx Banter – http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/

    The Replacement Level Yankees Weblog – http://www.replacementlevel.com/

    RAB – http://riveraveblues.com/

    Steve Lombardi’s Was Watching – http://waswatching.com/

    Pending Pinstripes – http://mvn.com/pendingpinstripes/

    Mike Ashmore’s coverage of the Thunder – http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com/

    Chad Jennings’ coverage of the SWB Yanks – http://community.thetimes-trib.....s/yankees/

    Mark Feinsand’s blog at the Daily News – http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/yankees/

    MLB’s official Yankees blog with Bryan Hoch – http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/

  290. Steve January 4th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you. Wanted to update my bookmark list with the better Yankee blogs. Appreciate it.

  291. Art January 4th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Revisionist history – amazing!

  292. :( Sam January 4th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Bad bad bad bad bad analysis

  293. Garym(Yanks and More) January 4th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    You can check out my blog at Yanks and More also if you would like.

  294. Jason January 4th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Here’s my take on Sam the Salesman. He’s a moron. And a lazy one who didn’t do his homework. Cashman had nothing to do with the draft until 2006. He didn’t pick anybody over David Wright. Since Cashman has taken over the drafts in 2006 the quality has picked up. See: Joba Chamberlain

    And Santana and Cabrera are MUCH better than Sabathia and Texeira? I’m not so sure about that, esprecially the defensively-challenged Cabrera. But to get Santana and Cabrera they had to give up blue chip prospects, but Sabathia and Texeira signed for $ and draft picks. Yeah – whata moron for doing that

    He didn’t pick Damon over Beltran. Beltran signed in 2005. Damon in 2006. Totally different years.

    Go back to the bar, Sam.

  295. Jeremy January 4th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Pete, you do realize that by posting this nonsense on your blog, you scare off anyone who might turn to it for rational baseball analysis?

    There are probably hundreds of blogs (most of them probably read by no one but their creators) in existence where one can find a waste-of-time post just like this. Why not set some standards?

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  297. David January 5th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Cashman did something worse than pick Damon over Beltran. He spurned Beltran in favor of a washed up Bernie. Furthermore, Cashman should have known in 2005 that free agents of Beltran’s quality weren’t going to be available in 2006. Even though Damon is no Beltran, the Yanks were lucky to get someone as good as Damon in 2006.

  298. lanolin January 5th, 2009 at 2:56 am

    worst post i’ve ever read on any website anywhere about anything

  299. jeter is my dad January 5th, 2009 at 3:13 am

    awful

  300. Tim N. January 5th, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Wow.

    What a moron.

    I guess this is why some guys are GMs and some guys are, um, salesmen. n.

  301. Gio January 5th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Man, I wish this clown was our GM. HA.

  302. Onkel Bob January 5th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Welcome to the Cashman Fan Club Sam! The only more vociferous (and clueless) one is attached to the president-elect. Freud called it projection, we place our hopes and dreams (or faults and shameful desires) upon a personality we admire.
    That said, blogs are tough. Being in sales, I assume you’re accustomed to criticism, whether deserved or not. While I agree with your premise that Cashman is not perfect, I disagree with your premise is is worse than any other of the GM’s. Brian operates in NYC. I would have sent Boras and A-Rod and hearty FU (I contend we will be in the wilderness for the duration of The Cooler’s tenure) for opting out of the contract, but he was backed into a corner. The Yankees would have garnered huge criticism on the eaves of breaking ground of the new stadium if the let The Cooler go (despite it being addition by subtraction). Cash had to resign him simply because the majority of fans believe he is the second-coming of the Mick. (I believe he is a steroid-lite Barry.)
    Hopefully both of us are wrong, and well live to see another Yankees World Series. I remember when Mel was the ace on the staff and we all thought ’64 was a fluke, little did we know it would not be until ’76 before we would be competitive and then only for a few years. Andy Hawkins anyone?

  303. Jason @ IIATMS January 5th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Wait, that’s REALLY a picture of this guy? Epic failure

  304. The Monarch January 5th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I’ll try to be respectful here…but this is so all over the map.

    Cashman is not above criticism, but it should be fair criticism. Unfortunately, due to the bipolar and dysfunctional nature of this organization, and the NY-faction vs Tampa faction of years gone by, sometimes it’s tough to assess who is to blame. Jaret Wright is a perfect example.

    But be fair…they traded Lowell after the re-signed Brosius, and acquired the then highly-regarded Ed Yarnell.

    You complain about trading Lilly for Weaver. Ok, that’s a valid opinion. I don’t know if that was Cashman’s idea, but it’s fair criticism.

    But then you complain about trading for Kevin Brown. But that trade included Weaver…so what is it…did you want Weaver or not?

    At the time you might recall that lots of folks thought the Brown-Vazquez duo would be better than Clemens-Pettitte. I didn’t share that opinion, but Brown was coming off a great year and I think most thought Vazquez was the real deal.

    How about the midseason acquisition in 2000? Ledee and Westbrook for Justice, who was huge in the postseason that year.

    Seems to me that you allow your dislike for Cashman to influence your judgement.

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    this post sucks

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    awful post

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