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07:41 AM ET 08.03 | Will the ability to spend always obscure a Yankees GM's tactical shortcomings? New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman is often referred to as "Cash" as an abbreviation for his last name. And how appropriate that is, because without the ability to spend the Steinbrenners' huge boatload of cash, it's very unlikely he could build a championship team. Prior to the trading deadline, the Yankees added Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns and Kerry Wood to a team that already had the best record in baseball. With those deals, the defending champs also added an additional $5 million to a payroll that was already the highest in baseball by far. ... This season's combined salaries for Alex Rodriguez ($33 million), CC Sabathia ($24.2 million), and Derek Jeter ($22.6 million) are more than the entire Rays payroll. The Yankees are paying out just over $64 million dollars this season for their starting rotation, while Tampa is spending a mere $9 million dollars. The huge financial advantage the Bronx Bombers have over the Rays is almost neutralized by the Yankees general manager. He has the resources at hand to go out and spend over $400 million dollars in one off-season as he did two years ago when reeling in prime free agents CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and AJ Burnett. What these signings actually showed was that Cashman was doing his job poorly, since he needed to spend that much money on three players to make the Yankees championship contenders again after missing the playoffs in 2008 for the first time in 13 years.

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August 3, 2010  10:02 AM ET

Does it matter? This is LeQuitter's team.

August 3, 2010  10:12 AM ET

Reading this type of stuff always frustrates me. It really makes me wonder how there can possibly still be so much parody in the MLB, such as this year, when a team like that just outspends everyone by a longshot. Glad to see the comparisons against the Rays. Love teams that have the guts to stick by young players and allow them to develop. I'm tired of the stupid Yankees and all their money. I wish Georgy just woulda played hide the cash when he kicked the bucket.

August 3, 2010  10:13 AM ET

Was this written by a Red Sox fan? Cashman is doing a job that he is paid to do - WIN. Cashman has put emphasis on the Yanks farm system, which was empty when he arrived. They now have one of the deepest systems in MLB, enabling them to make additions for prospects. Cashman brought class and winning back to NY by hiring Torre and letting Jeter, Posada, Pettitte, Rivera (Yank draftees) lead the way. He takes the most arrows because he is in NY, just like every athlete that plays in Gotham.

There are hosts of GMs in the league that have half of Cashman's ability, never get close to a championship and fly under the radar because they work in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Baltimore, Toronto, Houston, San Francisco etc... and yet aren't judged half as harshly.

August 3, 2010  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Reading this type of stuff always frustrates me. It really makes me wonder how there can possibly still be so much parody in the MLB, such as this year, when a team like that just outspends everyone by a longshot. Glad to see the comparisons against the Rays. Love teams that have the guts to stick by young players and allow them to develop. I'm tired of the stupid Yankees and all their money. I wish Georgy just woulda played hide the cash when he kicked the bucket.

the Yanks are in a very unique position and will always be criticized as such and that's ok...it comes with being on top all the time. The Yanks are in a position that obvisouly very few teams are in. Yes, there is no parody in baseball in terms of $$(i would agree some things should change - placing a cap) but some teams(Rays, Twins) have gone about it the right way and good for them I wish other clubs would model after them about how to be successful despite not having the resources to compete with Yanks, Sox, and Phils. It is possible to do despite all the whining! I just hate to see people use it as an excuse as to why there team can't compete. The big $$ teams and especially the yanks are a win right now team not in a couple of seasons but right now all the time and will make the moves to do so. a prospect in the yankee org has a small window either you get it done when given the opportunity or you'll be out of pinstripes with the quickness

August 3, 2010  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Cashman has put emphasis on the Yanks farm system, which was empty when he arrived. They now have one of the deepest systems in MLB, enabling them to make additions for prospects.

Agree. people forget that the core of the yankee success were homegrown guys that Cash fought to keep in pinstripes(jeter, bernie, Mo, posada, pettite, cano). he continues to try to grow from within ie. not trading hughes, kennedy, joba for johan not too long ago. i think i could even argue that the yanks have just as many homegrown guys if not more than the past 10 WS champions.

August 3, 2010  11:16 AM ET

from what i hear / read NY has done well at ramping up its farm system, whether that plan was put in place by cashman or ownership or both who knows; but its hard to deny that having unlimited resources makes a lot of his job easier than most other gm's.

August 3, 2010  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Reading this type of stuff always frustrates me. It really makes me wonder how there can possibly still be so much parody in the MLB, such as this year, when a team like that just outspends everyone by a longshot. Glad to see the comparisons against the Rays. Love teams that have the guts to stick by young players and allow them to develop. I'm tired of the stupid Yankees and all their money. I wish Georgy just woulda played hide the cash when he kicked the bucket.

First of all: It's PARITY not PARODY.

Second: You're acting as if the Rays 25-man roster is 100% homegrown. Here's a hint, they're not.

Let's compare:

Non-Homegrown rays:

1) Carlos Pena
2) Willy Aybar
3) Matt Joyce
4) Gabe Kapler
5) Dan Johnson
6) Jason Bartlett
7) Sean Rodriguez
8) Kelly Shoppach
9) Dan Wheeler
10) Rafael Soriano
11) Chad Qualls
12) Joaquin Benoit
13) Randy Choate
14) Lance Cormier

Non-home grown Yanks:

1) AJ Burnett
2) Chad Gaudin (trade)
3) Boone Logan (trade)
4) Sergio Mitre (minor league FA)
5) Dustin Moseley (minor league FA)
6) CC Sabathia
7) Javy Vazquez (trade)
8) Kerry Wood (trade)
9) Lance Berkman (trade)
10) Alex Rodriguez (trade)
11) Mark Teixeira
12) Curtis Granderson (trade)
13) Nick Swisher (trade)
14) Austin Kearns (trade)
15) Marcus Thames (minor league FA)

14 of the 24 players on the Rays active roster are non-homegrown
15 of the 25 players on the Yankees active roster are non-homegrown. 3 were type A free agents, 3 were minor league FAs, 9 were trades. So let's not get carried away here. Oh and take a tissue on your way out.

August 3, 2010  11:59 AM ET

Quite whinning

August 3, 2010  12:04 PM ET

uh...and the point is? The problem is the system, not the Yankees. If every team has the resources that the Yankees have, they would go out and spend like crazy too.

August 3, 2010  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

First of all: It's PARITY not PARODY. Second: You're acting as if the Rays 25-man roster is 100% homegrown. Here's a hint, they're not. Let's compare:Non-Homegrown rays:1) Carlos Pena 2) Willy Aybar3) Matt Joyce4) Gabe Kapler5) Dan Johnson6) Jason Bartlett 7) Sean Rodriguez8) Kelly Shoppach 9) Dan Wheeler10) Rafael Soriano11) Chad Qualls12) Joaquin Benoit13) Randy Choate14) Lance CormierNon-home grown Yanks:1) AJ Burnett 2) Chad Gaudin (trade)3) Boone Logan (trade)4) Sergio Mitre (minor league FA)5) Dustin Moseley (minor league FA)6) CC Sabathia 7) Javy Vazquez (trade)8) Kerry Wood (trade)9) Lance Berkman (trade)10) Alex Rodriguez (trade)11) Mark Teixeira 12) Curtis Granderson (trade)13) Nick Swisher (trade)14) Austin Kearns (trade)15) Marcus Thames (minor league FA)14 of the 24 players on the Rays active roster are non-homegrown15 of the 25 players on the Yankees active roster are non-homegrown. 3 were type A free agents, 3 were minor league FAs, 9 were trades. So let's not get carried away here. Oh and take a tissue on your way out.

Since you want to be so specific:

1) Carlos Pena - minor league FA
2) Willy Aybar - minor league FA
3) Matt Joyce - trade
4) Gabe Kapler - FA
5) Dan Johnson - minor league FA
6) Jason Bartlett - trade
7) Sean Rodriguez - trade
8) Kelly Shoppach - trade
9) Dan Wheeler - trade
10) Rafael Soriano - trade
11) Chad Qualls - trade
12) Joaquin Benoit - minor league FA
13) Randy Choate - minor leauge FA
14) Lance Cormier

so ite looks like they have built their roster the same way; HOWEVER, Cashman doesn't have to worry about taking on salary (A-Rod, Wood, Swisher, etc.) in a trade. Or we can just look at the free agents. $400 million to $1 million. I think Friedman is doing a much better job.

August 3, 2010  12:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Since you want to be so specific:1) Carlos Pena - minor league FA 2) Willy Aybar - minor league FA3) Matt Joyce - trade4) Gabe Kapler - FA5) Dan Johnson - minor league FA6) Jason Bartlett - trade7) Sean Rodriguez - trade8) Kelly Shoppach - trade 9) Dan Wheeler - trade10) Rafael Soriano - trade11) Chad Qualls - trade12) Joaquin Benoit - minor league FA13) Randy Choate - minor leauge FA14) Lance Cormierso ite looks like they have built their roster the same way; HOWEVER, Cashman doesn't have to worry about taking on salary (A-Rod, Wood, Swisher, etc.) in a trade. Or we can just look at the free agents. $400 million to $1 million. I think Friedman is doing a much better job.

I do not deny that the Yankees spend lots of $$ on free agents, in fact I embrace that the Steinbrenners strive to put the best product on the field. I was simply disputing the notion that the Rays roster is all homegrown, and the Yankees roster is all free agents but since you brought up a couple points I will discuss them.

Including Wood and Swisher in there is a farce. Swisher is on a cheap contract (7M this year) and the Yankees are only paying 1.5 million for Wood. Indirectly included in your list: Granderson is also on a cheap contract (5.5 this year). Javy Vazquez makes 11.5M. Lance Berkman is only being paid 3M by the Yanks for the remainder of the year. Any other team could have done those trades. So really the only trade that only the Yankees would have been capable of was the A-Rod trade and even then they weren't paying the full amount. Unfortunately he opted out of that deal and Hank signed him to that massive contract, but that's another story.

August 3, 2010  01:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I do not deny that the Yankees spend lots of $$ on free agents, in fact I embrace that the Steinbrenners strive to put the best product on the field. I was simply disputing the notion that the Rays roster is all homegrown, and the Yankees roster is all free agents but since you brought up a couple points I will discuss them. Including Wood and Swisher in there is a farce. Swisher is on a cheap contract (7M this year) and the Yankees are only paying 1.5 million for Wood. Indirectly included in your list: Granderson is also on a cheap contract (5.5 this year). Javy Vazquez makes 11.5M. Lance Berkman is only being paid 3M by the Yanks for the remainder of the year. Any other team could have done those trades. So really the only trade that only the Yankees would have been capable of was the A-Rod trade and even then they weren't paying the full amount. Unfortunately he opted out of that deal and Hank signed him to that massive contract, but that's another story.

Swisher's "cheap" contract is more than all but three people on the Rays and Vazquez would be the highest paid player. Even Berkman's prorated $3M would put him seventh. So no these are not trades that anyone could make.

August 3, 2010  01:39 PM ET

It is his job to spend the cash.

August 3, 2010  01:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Swisher's "cheap" contract is more than all but three people on the Rays and Vazquez would be the highest paid player. Even Berkman's prorated $3M would put him seventh. So no these are not trades that anyone could make.

The Rays operate under a very tight fiscal restraint, so perhaps the analogy to the Rays, then the extrapolation to the rest of baseball was a bit far fetched. given the parameters of the Yankees these were minimal moves, with very little long term downside.

August 3, 2010  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Swisher's "cheap" contract is more than all but three people on the Rays and Vazquez would be the highest paid player. Even Berkman's prorated $3M would put him seventh. So no these are not trades that anyone could make.

no matter. yanks know they have the deepest pockets.....so what?? that's what happens when you win consistently. the rays have a good thing going they are doing it the only way they can. obvsiouly its working for them. maybe if the hometown guys in tampa would show a little bit more support for their team they could generate a little more spending power and nab a FA when needed

August 3, 2010  02:28 PM ET

You cannot blame the Yankees for building their empire. They have exploited their huge market (television & merchandising) to become America's #2 richest professional sports franchise. And they put hundreds of millions of those dollars right back into the team, like any fan would want their own team to do. They fill every stadium (almost) on the road, and those teams love the $$$ at the gates, concessions when the Yanks are in town. They pay the largest revenue taxes (so be it), and pay top dollars for top players. Unless the current system is altered, they haven't done a single thing wrong. It's like penalizing Bill Gates simply because he is bigger than everyone else on the planet. Send a memo to all owners : Make like Apple Computers and try to slay the giant, or shut up and deal with it.

August 3, 2010  02:51 PM ET

If 'Cash' is so bad why are other teams always trying to get him away from the Yanks. It was Cashman who built up the farm system in the mid 90's. He kept Bernie on the team even though George wanted him gone.

Cash is a fine GM. It just so happens that he works for the best team in sports.

August 3, 2010  03:03 PM ET

Cashman was the one who was against all the high profile players. Whoever wrote this is writing a stupid artcile about someone they know nothing about.

August 3, 2010  04:35 PM ET

He is a solid GM that is given the keys to the best car in the business

It is hard NOT to win with what he is given

 
August 3, 2010  05:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

You cannot blame the Yankees for building their empire. They have exploited their huge market (television & merchandising) to become America's #2 richest professional sports franchise. And they put hundreds of millions of those dollars right back into the team, like any fan would want their own team to do. They fill every stadium (almost) on the road, and those teams love the $$$ at the gates, concessions when the Yanks are in town. They pay the largest revenue taxes (so be it), and pay top dollars for top players. Unless the current system is altered, they haven't done a single thing wrong. It's like penalizing Bill Gates simply because he is bigger than everyone else on the planet. Send a memo to all owners : Make like Apple Computers and try to slay the giant, or shut up and deal with it.

#2? Who, praytell, is #1?

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