Brian Cashman's record on pitching is an outright abomination. When takes an honest look at his pitching acquisitions, it has become even clearer that he simply gravy trained on the success of Gene "Stick" Michael and Bob Watson.
This guy's record on pitchers is a joke. I mean look at the championship rotations: Stick Michael: Pettitte, Cone, Key, Mendoza, Wetteland, Rivera, Boehringer, etc. Bob Watson: Wells, Nelson, Stanton, Lloyd, Weathers, Mecir.
If you want to give Cashman credit for Clemens and El Duque then fine, but those were more George M. Steinbrenner III moves than Cashman.
Let's look at Mr. Cashman's record though with pitchers shall we:
1.) Mike Lowell for three minor league pitchers from the Florida Marlins who barely if ever saw the light of day in MLB.
2.) Jason Grimsley, decent rubber arm out of the pen.
3.) Denny Neagle, the beginning of the love affair with NL pitchers who were former Atlanta Braves.
4.) Letting go of Jeff Nelson, though Torre probably had as much to do with that.
5.) Mark Wholers (another ex-Brave) and Jay Witasick, wonderful replacements for Nellie eh?
6.) Ted Lilly for Jeff Weaver for Kevin Brown, guuuh, then signing Kei Igawa instead of bringing Lilly back, double guuuh!
7.) Signing Chris Hammond (another ex-Brave) to replace Mike Stanton, bringing back Stanton, Mendoza and Nelson after letting them go and bringing them back after they were even more washed up.
8.) The "Felix's" Heredia and Rodriguez.
9.) Mike Mussina (a no-brainer signing).
10.) Trading Sterling Hitchcock to the Cardinals in 2003 for a bag of baseballs, who pitched well in relief in the 2001 WS, came back to bite the Yanks against the Marlins where they could've used him instead of Weaver.
11.) Javier Vazquez, instead of Curt Schilling.
12.) Steve Karsay (another ex-Brave).
13.) Jaret Wright (another ex-Brave).
14.) Carl Pavano.
15.) Letting Pettitte go (though probably a George move), getting Pettitte back.
16.) Alan Embree, Wayne Franklin, Darrell May (make sure your kid is left-handed).
17.) Al Leiter, Shawn Chacon, Aaron Small, finally found lightning in a bottle.
18.) Tom Gordon, Paul Quantrill, decent but blown out by Torre come playoff time because of spotty rotation.
19.) Cory Lidle, decent pickup.
20.) Kyle Farnsworthless (another ex-Brave).
21.) Randy Johnson, mixed reviews, decent regular season poor playoffs.
22.) Luis Vizcaino, decent but blown out by Torre, see Scott Proctor.
23.) La Troy Hawkins, forget Paul O'Neill, why does he have anyone's number at this point.
24.) Sidney Ponson (twice for the love of God!), Dan Giese, the Columbus shuttle is back!!!
(Other dishonorable mentions):