Posted Under: Johanna's View
Much has been written about the “new” Yankees and their frugality. Some, like Joel Sherman, think it won’t last through the winter, while others, like Daniel Barbarasi, are saying that Cashman doesn’t have the power to make any deals because of this stringent budget. Both could be true.
But take it with a grain of salt when you hear that Cashman’s hands were tied when it came to Eric Chavez and others. Cashman wouldn’t be in the position he is in if he were not trusted. But as any good shopper will tell you, you do not want to blow the budget by buying a bunch of cheap pieces that maybe will fill the less important holes- not until you have paid for the big ticket item on the list. If Chavez was still available in a couple of weeks, well then the Yankees might have spent some money there. But worry less about replacing all of ARod at third, and more about replacing the production he usually provides. Once that is done, you can find someone with a glove for the hot corner.
Brian Cashman certainly has to keep his ownership apprised of his dealings, no matter the scale. That was true when George Steinbrenner was alive and it will continue to be true as long as he sits in the General Manager chair. Cashman and his ownership group know what they want to spend and on who. Those offers have or will be made soon- and until answers are received, most likely, Cashman’s hands are tied. Sure a plan B may present itself, and as any General Manager will do, he will consult his ownership group and let them know what the odds are of this second plan bringing the team to the playoffs- and the World Series- in 2013.
We have all heard the story of George Steinbrenner asking Cashman and his front office staff who would have made a bigger difference in the 2004 playoffs Randy Johnson or a comparable hitter. The baseball people tell him Johnson, and in week Randy Johnson is a Yankee. Cashman has a green light to make that happen- but he didn’t have the green light to go in any other direction. Had that been necessary, he would have had to go back to the boss. And so it is today.
Cashman has a budget now, and a well-publicized budget it is. That is the only difference between how his job works today and how it worked in the past.