2010 New York Yankees Payroll: $206,738,389 (13 players make over 5 million) Yankees Win/Loss Record: 66-39
2010 Tampa Bay Rays Payroll: $72,323,471 (3 players make over 5 million) Rays Win/Loss Record: 66-39
You do the math.
With George Steinbrenner dying and being granted entry into our collective unconsciousnesses as a “good guy”, the fact that the Yankees have the highest payroll in baseball and can simply acquire high priced talent with no consequences is the only true reason why the Yankees are a hated team nationally. It’s simply “not fair” that they can get Berkman, Kearns, and Wood for virtually nothing. But this does not make Brian Cashman a genius, whom he is in his own mind.
General Manager Brian Cashman doesn’t like to admit mistakes, but his actions speak louder than words. His deadline “trades” (in which he traded CASH and some AAA guys for three veterans) landed him replacements for Hideki Matsui, Melky Cabrera, and Phil Coke. Johnny Damon, who was forced to work for the Tigers, is outperforming Curtis Granderson. Cashman wanted to save a buck by letting Godzilla walk, but he was forced to buy another DH in Lance Berkman after Nick Johnson once again got hurt.
The Rays’ Carlos Pena is another one of Brian Cashman’s mistakes. The man is a powerhouse slugger, and the Yanks had him back in 2006 for free, but kept him in AAA. In 2007, he made $800,000 and he hit 46 HR for the Rays.
The Rays seem to be equal to the Yanks when they go head to head with them in 2010, if not are outright the better team head-to-head when David Price and James Shields are starting. And for Brian Cashman and his $206,738,389, that is embarrassing. Need we remember what happened in 2008?
Let’s face it: the Tampa Bay Rays make Brian Cashman look overrated. Cashman went out and bought three veterans and the Rays still crushed them this weekend, and the Blue Jays feasted upon A.J. Burnett, who was another shiny object Cashman wanted to keep from Theo Epstein. Should be an interesting October. If the Yanks get eliminated, maybe Brian Cashman can be designated for assignment with Chan Ho Park.
I agree that this article is slightly tongue in cheek , but you get the point. By the way, do you know why Brian Cashman is envied by the stat heads online?
Cashman is a new age sabermetric GM with unlimited resources, while Billy Beane and his students struggle with payroll. Cashman has his fans, however, mostly because he actually reads baseball sites and blogs, and grants interviews to people who worship him, like the humorous folks over at NoMaas.org. Cashman is a soulless human being- a number cruncher- and the nerds love him, and want to be him.
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