GM CASHman would be lost without the cash
By Andy Roth
Where Politically Correct Opinions Get Rejected
New York, NY (Sports Network) - New York Yankees general manager 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 the deals, the defending champs also added an additional $5 million to a payroll that was already the highest in baseball by far.
Despite the huge advantage in spending power, the Yankees find themselves just one game ahead of the second-place Rays in the American League East after losing two out of three in Tampa over the weekend.
|Brian Cashman has been the Yankees General Manager since 1998.|
It is mind-boggling to compare the payroll numbers of the two teams, and you wonder how the Rays can even come close to competing with the Yankees. The Yanks' payroll is approximately three times the amount Tampa's is. This season's combined salaries for Alex Rodriguez ($33 million), CC Sabathia ($24.2 million), and Derek Jeter ($22.6) 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. Did it really take a high baseball IQ or a great talent evaluator to sign off on Sabathia and Texeira? Now, if you ask Cashman to make a decision that requires a real thought process, you end up with players like Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson.
The Yankees' success is in spite of their GM. Keep in mind that when a hitter goes 1-for-9, he's in a slump. Well, Cashman is one for his last nine in winning world championships, even though he operates at a huge advantage over his fellow general managers. But that's what happens when you throw away more money on the likes of Sterling Hitchcock, Jaret Wright, Kyle Farnsworth, and Kei Igawa than some teams spend in an entire season. I think it's very likely that if Cashman had to operate with the same payroll as Rays GM Andrew Friedman, the Yankees would be looking up at the rest of the AL East along with the Orioles.
There's no place like home for Adam Wainwright this season. The Cardinals' righty has been absolutely dominant at Busch Stadium, as he improved his home record to 11-0 with a 9-1 win over the Pirates on Sunday. Wainwright allowed one earned run in seven innings to lower his home ERA to a major league best 1.22.
Gavin Floyd continues to be one of the hottest pitchers in baseball and capped off a great July with a one-run, seven inning performance in the White Sox' 4-1 win over the A's Sunday. Floyd was 3-1 in five starts in July with a microscopic 0.80 ERA, which was the best in the majors.
The Seattle Mariners have one of the worst lineups I've ever seen, and Chone Figgins may be having the worst offensive year of any notable free agent signing. The M's are last in the majors in runs scored, batting average, on- base percentage and slugging percentage. Meanwhile Figgins, who signed a four- year, $36 million dollar contract with Seattle, is putting up some of the ugliest numbers in baseball this season for a full-time starter. He's hitting .238 with a .288 slugging percentage and a pathetic 25 RBI.
Andy Roth covered the Knicks for NBC Radio and AP Radio for eleven years and was an NBA Columnist for Celtics Pride Magazine for two years. He's covered many of the major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, U.S. Open Tennis and Golf.