Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 215 lb.
Born: April 24, 1977
October 28, 2004: Granted Free Agency. Age 27
January 13, 2005: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
October 31, 2013: Granted Free Agency.
December 19, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees. Age 36
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 240 lb.
Born: January 15, 1980
July 24, 2009: Traded by the Oakland Athletics to the St. Louis Cardinals for Clayton Mortensen, Shane Peterson and Brett Wallace.
November 5, 2009: Granted Free Agency.
January 5, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals. Age 30 minus 10 days
November 3, 2016: Granted Free Agency.
December 7, 2016: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees. Age almost 37
Yankee general manager Brian Cashman could have signed both Beltran and Holliday in their prime when they became free agents the first time. Instead in both cases Cashman signed each to play his age 37 season.
Beltran especially would have been the perfect replacement for Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams but Cashman showed no interest in Beltran. Both Beltran and Holliday were very productive hitters for their new teams.
Beltran played seven years with the Mets and shares the Met record for most home runs in a season at 41; OPS+ 129. He then played 44 games with San Francisco; OPS+ 159.
Next Beltran played two years with St. Louis, including in the 2013 World Series; OPS+ 127.
Then Beltran played 2.66 seasons with the Yankees, ages 37, 38, 39; OPS+ 116 but unable to do much in the field.
Holliday played in three World Series: 2007 with Colorado, then 2011 (won) and 2013 with St. Louis.
In 4,121 PA with St. Louis Holliday had OPS+ 138.
1. Why didn't Brian Cashman sign Beltran and Holliday when they were in their prime and productive?
2. Why did Brian Cashman sign Beltran and Holliday when they were old?
3. Is Brian Cashman dumb and/or incompetent?