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Monday, December 5, 2016

Brian Cashman, excoriated in Fangraphs for making the Yankees old, signs Matt Holliday for age 37 season.

Matt Holliday - born: January 15, 1980 in Stillwater, OK (Age 36 years, 325 days). You can't make up stuff like this. Brian Cashman has been the Yankee general manager since 1998. Championships in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009. Cashman deserves almost no credit for the first, then a bit more for each of the next two. Cashman gets full credit for the fourth and final Yankee championship.

But Cashman took a championship team and turned the Yankees into just another team. Yankee finishes since 2010: 2,1,1,3,2,2,4. In the last four seasons manager Joe Girardi has taken a sub .500 team and masqueraded it as borderline capable of qualifying for the tournament. Hal Steinbrenner, the media and most fans bought it.

2001-2016: one championship. ONE. That could be any team. It could be the Kansas City Royals. It could be the Phillies. It could be the White Sox, Marlins, Angels, Diamondbacks. They all won one championship since 2001, the Marlins and Diamondbacks over the Yankees in the finals.

I've been ripping Cashman since 2013. Now Fangraphs is getting after Cashman.

Yankees’ Struggles Aren’t Fault of CBA
by Craig Edwards - December 2, 2016 fangraphs.com

... New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in a piece from George King III of the New York Post...


... poor spending and failed player development have been the team’s main issues...

New York has received about as much production over the past five years from players age 27 or younger as Mike Trout creates in one season ...

... Yankees ... have long relied on veterans, but it’s worse than it has been a long while ...

The rest of baseball has gotten better results by giving more time to young players, while the Yankees have gone the opposite direction...

... the Yankees spent several offseasons preparing to go under the cap in 2014 in an effort to save themselves millions of dollars — only to then blow apart that plan after an unsuccessful season, signing Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka.


As for staying out of free agency this past season, that was much less the product of a competitive-balance tax and much more the product of having committed $75 million to the aforementioned five players last year — along with the ill-advised Alex Rodriguez extension that stretched the club’s budget thin...

The Yankees have hit on a couple pitchers in the draft, but their lack of development when it comes to young players — and their failed/abandoned attempt to get under the competitive-balance tax — has been what’s cost them, not the CBA.

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Some of my posts dealing with Cashman. Start with this one as it includes a good history:

Yankee signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran were mistakes I opposed. 10/7/15

How does paying Brian McCann to play for another team help the Yankees? 11/11/16

Jose Quintana twice "Granted Free Agency" by Brian Cashman, Yankee general manager. 11/9/16

Likely 2017 Yankees ranked on "wins above average" by position among the 30 teams. 10/3/16

Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin are hitting like good hitting pitchers. 9/14/16

Tyler Austin and/or Aaron Judge? What plan, if any, do the Yankees have? 8/9/16

Extra bad dog days for fans of teams that quit, now including Yankee fans, who should watch only if Alex Rodriguez starts. 8/7/16

"He spit the bit." Would George Steinbrenner say that about son Hal? 8/3/16

Yankee ticket: tear it up, tear it up, tear it up! 8/3/16

"Major League", the 1989 movie, now playing at Yankee Stadium. 8/2/16

New York fans, would you trade general managers? 8/1/16


fangraphs rank of Brian Cashman's Magnificent Seven minor league players acquired for Chapman and Miller. 8/1/16

Alex Bregman for Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller? Why didn't Brian Cashman bundle them? 8/1/16

Electric bat and dirty uniform: how Brian Cashman described his prize acquisition, Clint Frazier. 8/1/16

Brian Cashman strikes out on Gleyber Torres in 2013, then trades Aroldis Chapman to make up for that failure. 7/26/16

Cashman wants to tank and sell off his mistakes. 7/14/16

If you traded general managers, ... 7/10/16

Yangervis Solarte, former Yankee, 4 for 4 against them batting cleanup. Fire Cashman. 7/4/16

Yankees are not likely to be sellers. They should be buyers. 7/3/16

What's the impact if the Yankees start trading significant players? 6/6/16

Jose Quintana: another Brian Cashman mistake. 5/15/16

Bucks beats brains: big market teams must spend BIG, especially the Yankees. 5/14/16


Hal Steinbrenner to Brian Cashman: bring me Mike Trout or your resignation. 5/12/16

Brain Cashman: more on his gross incompetence. 5/8/16

Mike Trout: would Yankee prospects be enough in a trade? 5/7/16

Cashman traded Solarte for Headley, ignoring Donaldson. 5/6/16

Worse New York owner: Hal Steinbrenner or James Dolan? 5/6/16

Which Yankee should fall on his sword? 5/4/16

Joe Girardi: not to blame for Yankees demise. 4/23/16

Brian Cashman is most responsible for the failure of the Yankees ... after the Steinbrenner KIds. 4/23/16

Yankees downward spiral spells the end of the dynasty. 4/22/16

Solarte for Headley: why isn't Cashman critiqued for this trade? 3/27/16

Brian Cashman, Jack of All Trades, Master of None. 1/15/16

Yanks, get OF who can hit 30 homers. 12/22/15


Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for Dumb and Dumber. Bumber. 12/11/15

Why Yanks need David Price more than the Red Sox do: Babe Ruth. 12/2/15

Yankee GM Brian Cashman acquired Giambi, Rodriguez, Sheffield, Matsui, Teixeira, Granderson, Ellsbury, Beltran. Now what? 11/18/15

Gardner to Ellsbury to Hicks. The madness of Brian Cashman. 11/17/15

Hal Steinbrenner, grow a pair and sign David Price yourself. 11/16/15

Yanks acquire outfielders Ruth, DiMaggio, Maris, Sheffield, Matsui. Hicks? 11/12/15

Steinbrenner Kids, fire Cashman! 10/12/15

Brian Cashman should be fired immediately. 10/9/15

Yankee owners: A Fish Rots From The Head Down. Steinbrenner Kids must fire GM Brian Cashman or sell to someone who will. 10/8/15

Yankee signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran were mistakes I opposed. 10/7/15

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