A “major-league source” told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that the push to try to trade for Wandy Rodriguez yesterday came from ownership and not Brian Cashman. Fortunately for the Yankees the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement over money and a deal feel through.
However this is more evidence of a disturbing trend, Cashman may not have the full authority that he once had. The reason why this is a bad trend, even if you don’t like Cashman, is that every time ownership or the front office steps in they only make things worse. Alex Rodriguez opts out, give him $300 million. Derek Jeter doesn’t like three-year $30 million offer, give him four and $54 million. Rafael Soriano, yes bring him in for three times what any other team is offering him.
There was a day when Cashman was GM in name only, but a few years back he wrestled more authority from an aging George Steinbrenner and Cash turned that into a productive farm system and a 2009 World Series title. No he’s not the best GM in baseball by any stretch, but he is much better at his job when he is left to do it. Too many times the front office and the ownership want to spend money or make trades just to make trades or just to spend money. This is a perfect example of that, Wandy Rodriguez is a decent pitcher, but he is by no stretch obviously better than anything they already have. If the prospects need to be traded it should be for someone who clearly improves the team.
Cashman’s contract is up at the end of the season. By all accounts he is happy with the team and they are happy with him. However, this kind of thing is happening more and more. At a certain point wouldn’t he be happier going somewhere else where he doesn’t have to deal with all of this interference?