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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Brian Cashman: his incompetence documented here and recently elsewhere but only called out here. Why?

Brian Cashman is entering his 20th year as general manager of the New York Yankees.

I was minding my own business, reading fangraphs.com, when two articles addressed two related topics I have addressed here, one specific, one general. Here are mine:

Yankees interested in Jose Quintana, twice released by Brian Cashman. Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Adding to the Brian Cashman list of you can't make up stuff like this.

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Yankees spend too foolishly, not too little. Monday, November 11, 2013

This is the last in a series of posts on team salary or payroll for players for seasons 2003 through 2013.

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fangraphs.com:

A New Jose Quintana Idea
by Nicolas Stellini - January 27, 2017

We’ve been waiting for Jose Quintana to get traded for a while now... perhaps a move to the Bronx...

He’s been the seventh-best pitcher in baseball since the start of the 2013 season ...

Quintana has logged 200 innings for four years in a row now.

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The Massive Payroll Disparity of the 2016 World Series
by Craig Edwards - October 25, 2016

... both teams traded for relief aces from the New York Yankees ...

When the margin has been greater than $50 million, the team with the larger payroll is 5-1, with the Marlins’ victory over the Yankees in 2003 representing the lone defeat...

Only the Marlins-Yankees in 2003 and Red Sox-Rockies in 2007 had bigger payroll gaps between World Series opponents...

In today’s money, the gap between the 2003 Marlins and 2003 Yankees is as large as this past season’s Yankees payroll. Adjusting for inflation, the 2009 World Series between the Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies has a nine-figure gap — this despite Philadelphia’s $138 million payroll ranking sixth in all of Major League Baseball that season. The Yankees’ $220 million payroll back in 2009 was just so massive relative to the rest of the league, that such a gap still existed. The Yankees still sport a roughly $220 million payroll, and though surely nobody sheds a tear for those in the Bronx, that money doesn’t quite buy what it once did...

Without adjusting for inflation, the Cubs’ payroll of $184.5 million is the second highest (to the 2009 Yankees) among World Series clubs this century ... adjust for inflation ...

In what should come as no surprise, the top seven slots are occupied by the Yankees and Red Sox. The Cubs’ salary might be higher in terms of dollars than many of those teams’ payrolls, but compared to the old Red Sox and Yankees clubs, Chicago is a bit behind.

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So where's the outrage? Where's the calling out of Brain Cashman who should be cashiered? Maybe it's blocked by not considering:

Does Brian Cashman ever get a performance review by Hal Steinbrenner? Ever? Sunday, January 22, 2017

Brian Cashman has been general manager of the New York Yankees since 1998. 2017 will be his 20th season as GM...


During Cashman's tenure as Yankee GM the Yankees have won four championships: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009. The Yankees had also won in 1996 with a team that featured Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. Those same four players were also keys to the last Yankee championship team in 2009, 13 years later.

In the last 16 years the Yankees have won just that one championship. It is surrounded by dry spells of 8 and 7 years.
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Could Brian Cashman have acquired Alex Bregman or equivalent? Sunday, January 22, 2017

So could Cashman have flipped Torres and Frazier for Gregman or Benintendi? What if Cashman threw in more of the minor league players just acquired for Chapman and Miller? Would that have been enough? If not, then what was the point in trading for them? To have managing partner Hal Steinbrenner, along with much of the media and far too many Yankee fans, think that Cashman was doing a good job? Of what, improving the minor league teams of the Yankees? The objective is for the Yankees to win championships, preferably with star players worth paying to see.

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