BronXBombers51 wrote:raygunpunx wrote:For the third time can you please name me some moves that Cash has made that were good. I can think of one and that was a salary dump. The Abreu trade
If you think that a GM should be judged on how many stars he brings in, then you're off-base.
Look at the minor league system. He's responsible for the wealth of young talent on this roster right now. The Yankees have one of the top minor leagues in baseball and they've gotten to that point in a relatively short time period.
Sometimes the best move is a non-move. The Yankees from 2002-2005 didn't make non-moves. They made moves simply for the sake of making a move. That's why they are stuck with a $200 million dollar payroll. They gave ridiculous contracts to guys like Farnsworth and Pavano. The Yankees are now in a position to cut $80 million in payroll after this season and use their money more wisely.
From all accounts I've read, Cashman was responsible for bringing in A-Rod in 2004. It was his idea, and his execution that got the deal done. As you said, he brought in Abreu. He picked up Gary Sheffield's option and dealt him away for arms. He was able to trade Jaret Wright away for Chris Britton. He's the reason that Hughes, Joba and Kennedy are in our rotation rather than guys like Barry Zito and Jason Schmidt. He was able to trade away Randy Johnson for Luis Vizcaino, Ross Ohlendorf and Alberto Gonzalez.
You want to go back to 1998-2001, before George flipped out and started making moves? He traded Wells for Clemens. He brought in David Justice. He signed Soriano. I can keep going if you want. I'm not saying Cashman is an elite GM or anything, I'm just saying that we don't know exactly what he is yet, because he's basically been George's puppet for the better part of 7 years. But I do like the direction that he's taking this team.
I'd agree with all that and he also brought in Matsui from Japan and they've kept him at a pretty low cost.