First let me apologize if I am, in any way, reposting. Scrolling through these new boards to try to confirm same gave me a slight headache. These new boards leave much to be desired. I digress....
I have been seeing alot of Cashman-bashing going on. I think that 'Cash' has conducted himself better this offseason than most in the past.
Lets be honest here. What makes the Yankees the envy of the rest of MLB is their ability to throw money (gross amounts in most cases) at just about anyone. And, in most cases, the end never justifies the means. And the Yankees, unlike most MLB teams have the financial ability to shrug off the money, right it off, and move on with a $250 million dollar mental patient.
However, at some point, personal pride needs to kick in. I mean Cashamn is SUPPOSED to be a pro at his job. How much egg can this guy wear on his face before he becomes a laughing stock at these winter meetings; a pawn just used to drive the market?
Ted Lilly didn't deserve $10 million. Anyone with any baseball sense knew that. No one, in a sober mind REALLY wants Jason Schmidt. He would be like settling for the busted up looking as a prom date when everyone else told you "No". And how many times have we seen Zito collapse? When all his yoga, potand father's wise words fail him, he's just another average lefty with a 88 mph fastball. And we all know Pettite has no intention of coming back. He wants to stay home, but has learned what the rest of the league already knows. Involving the Yankees = more money. Boras is such a...nevermind....
Sometimes the answers are right in front of you. I, for one, am tired of seeing my team beat up on by a bunch of fired up 'kids'. I am tired of watching first-time heros and one shot wonders smacking around my superstars. The Yankees, finally, seem to be catching on. Let's bring it back to 95-96. Let's tell some of these kids that "Now's your time". Give them the wheel, close your eyes, and hope for the best.
Igawa is coming. You know that's inevitable. Maybe Pavano finds his missing marbles..Ok, so that won't happen..But you get the idea.
If baseball is big business, Cashman came out ahead. And I'd still take him 7 days a week and twice on Sunday. Tell me who's better?
I agree with most of your post except I believe that Andy is too honest to "play the Yankee card" for more money. Remember he could have done that with Boston back in 2003 when he went to Houston. The more I think about it the more I like the idea of him coming back. Regardless of his regular season stats I'm more than comfortable with him starting an elimination game in the playoffs.
I totally agree. I'm sure we will land someone, but for the money being spent, its like buying a hyundai for $20,000 because you've got no other car dealers but one.
Out of all the free agents available I think Dice was probably the only one worth a 90 million dollar contract, and that would be a l o n g s h o t now it looks like he may be headed back to Japan
I have never been impressed with Zito, Lilly nor with Shmidt, so that leaves pettite, who from sentimental reasons aside, I would like back in NY. Only because he's proven and it's SHORT TERM.
I can only imagine how Cash feels as he sits there watching all the other GM's throwing millions away for little or no return. He muyst have to take periodic breaks back to the hotel so he can roll around The biggest laugh has got to be the Cubs, what are they thinking?
I agree with what Cashmen has done, but why cant we get a backup for Posada who can actually hit, and is decent behind the plate. And Why must we have andy at first base, or Phelps, even the Devil Rays let him go!
I think Cashman is doing a good job. I'm glad he's not just throwing around money to get some big name superstar. I agree with saying give the kids a chance to prove themselves. If the right deal comes along, THEN go for it.
To me, Cashman has done everything right this offseason...with the exception of posting 25 mil for this Igawa character. Not needed...way too expensive. Lets rehash....dumping Sheff and Wright for prospects, and unloading 17 mil in payroll. Signing Mussina for 11 mil seems a bit high, but in the end it was necessary, and it unloaded 8 mil more of payroll from last season, bring 25 mil more available in payroll.
Staying away from Lilly, Schmidt and Zito was absolutely the right way to go. All wanted way too much money, for too many years, and all had way too many question marks. In pusuing Petitte, your bringing back a crowd favorite, who has won in NY, and most importantly, will only cost 1 or 2 years at most. That is exactly what this team needs...not anymore long term deals, as the kids in the minors get ready to move up. Petitte has his question markslike the others, but the risk isn't nearly as great with him as with the other 3 clowns.
Lets see what the end result is this offseason before crucifying Cashman....I think, so far, so good...