Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, February 25, 2013

Justice: Cashman successful with smart, efficient plan

As Ben Disraeli Capp once said: “As I say that Justice is untruth in action”.

No to Alfonso Soriano. No to Vernon Wells as well. Unless both come gift-wrapped at hugely discounted prices, the Yankees should take a pass. This is a time to stay the course.

General manager Brian Cashman has come too far to turn back now. His vision of the Yankees is one built on player development, on being smart and efficient, and on not overreacting to every crisis.

He’s succeeding. The Yankees are respected throughout the industry for the quality of their scouts and the talent of their instructors. There’s a bounty of young talent coming, some of it possibly later this season.

Will this next generation of Yankees be as good as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera? No, probably not. That’s OK, too.

If the Yankees have a productive farm system, they’ll always have the cash to fill other needs through free agency. Or maybe that farm system will give them the chips they need to trade for an impact bat or a 200-inning starter.

...But they have less than $100 million in salary commitments for 2014, so Cashman’s dream scenario would be that his best kids—among them Mason Williams, Tyler Austin and Gary Sanchez—take steps forward and that his 2014 roster will have more clarity. And if he needs to throw millions at a Tim Lincecum, he’ll have the cash to do it.

For now, though, he ought to hang in there with what he has unless a young star—Chase Headley? Homer Bailey?—becomes available. Even with all the losses, the Yankees are good enough to make the playoffs for the 18th time in 19 seasons. They’re also more vulnerable than they’ve been in years, but there just are no other answers.

This isn’t the time to surrender a bunch of prospects for an older player. Regardless of what happens in 2013, Cashman’s plan makes sense. Sometimes the money obscures how good his baseball operation is. It’s good enough that the Yankees will not be diminished by this new blueprint. They’ll just be succeeding a different way.

 

Repoz Posted: February 25, 2013 at 09:13 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. GEB4000 Posted: February 25, 2013 at 04:58 PM (#4375886)
...and lots of cash.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
tshipman
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMake relievers face more than 1 batter for faster game, more runs | FOX Sports
(236 - 4:23am, Jan 30)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogMontreal threat a reminder of how MLB once touted Tampa | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
(49 - 3:40am, Jan 30)
Last: Bourbon Samurai

NewsblogTop 100 prospects of 2015 including Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton and more - ESPN ($PAY$)
(29 - 3:32am, Jan 30)
Last: DJS and the Infinite Sadness

NewsblogHow Has BABIP Held Up as Leaguewide Offense Slides Ever Lower? | Banished to the Pen
(31 - 3:26am, Jan 30)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogPitchfork: Jack White Gets His Own Baseball Card
(206 - 3:18am, Jan 30)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogOrioles Do Something, Add Lottery Ticket in Travis Snider | FanGraphs Baseball
(31 - 2:41am, Jan 30)
Last: cercopithecus aethiops

NewsblogFangraphs: Last Year’s Minor-League WAR Leaders, If That Existed
(12 - 2:35am, Jan 30)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - January 2015
(1644 - 2:05am, Jan 30)
Last: Into the Void

NewsblogRanking baseball's greatest dynasties - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
(138 - 12:39am, Jan 30)
Last: The Chronicles of Reddick

NewsblogOmar Minaya to leave San Diego Padres, join MLBPA as special adviser
(1 - 11:53pm, Jan 29)
Last: 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring

NewsblogOT: Soccer January 2015
(379 - 11:38pm, Jan 29)
Last: The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB)

NewsblogOT - Politics January 2015 - Mario Cuomo, New York Governor and Minor League Ballplayer, Dies at 82
(4122 - 11:30pm, Jan 29)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(11706 - 11:04pm, Jan 29)
Last: booond

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-29-2015
(23 - 10:15pm, Jan 29)
Last: bobm

NewsblogBaseball Prospectus | BP Unfiltered: People Are Currently Reading The 2015 BP Annual And You Could Be Next
(6 - 8:45pm, Jan 29)
Last: cardsfanboy

Page rendered in 0.1572 seconds
48 querie(s) executed