2016 Yankees Report Card: Brian Cashman

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Yesterday, we graded Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who helped the team weather the storm and led them to 84 wins. Today, in our final “Report Card” series, we grade Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who sold at the trade deadline, but at the same time may have made the Yankees a better team.

When a deal works out for the Yankees, fans tend to usually cheer for Brian Cashman. When a deal doesn’t work out, then Cashman becomes the subject of scrutiny. However, it’s hard to scrutinize Cashman when he actually stocked talent where it truly matters; in the minor league system.

Cashman went back and forth on whether the Yankees were going to be sellers at the trade deadline. After a terrible series against the last place Tampa Bay Rays, Cashman made his decision; he was going to sell. Gone was Carlos BeltranIvan NovaAndrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. However, Cashman replenished the farm system by acquiring Gleyber Torres, Ben HellerJustus Sheffield and Clint Frazier. Cashman anticipates Torres and Frazier will make an impact at the Major League level by 2018 while Heller could contribute next season.

He also decided to give plenty of the current kids a chance at the Major League level, which surely paid off: Gary Sanchez opened eyes around the league, while people witnessed the power Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge had. Despite the Yankees failing to make the postseason, Brian Cashman actually made people look forward to the future. Especially since the team could be full of young kids by 2019.

The Verdict: Brian Cashman may have made mistakes while in the front office, but it doesn’t take away the amazing job he and Girardi have done in 2016. The Yankees may have walked away empty handed but they have one of the best minor league systems in baseball. Even with the fire sale, the Yankees were suddenly one of the teams to beat. And he hopes for that trend to continue in 2017.

So what would be Brian Cashman’s final grade?


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9 Responses to 2016 Yankees Report Card: Brian Cashman

  1. Jerry says:

    I'll agree with that, an A . Cashman has done a great job, putting together a farm system that rivals or is better than any other in Baseball. All of a sudden there is hope, lots of hope. Him and Girardi work well together and seem to be on the same page. I especially liked the Chapman deal, the first one, where he obtained him for lesser prospects and then turned that into something huge, that was great foresight. And still with a chance to bring Chapman back. He's been with the Yankees for a long time and we've been lucky to have him. Not an easy job in the demanding fans of New York. Just like Girardi, I hope we have him for a long time.

  2. Terry says:

    I agree that Cash does a decent job and that Hal & Co handcuff him often. It's a tough position. I also think he did a great job maximizing the return on the sell off. But I don't take as much joy as most on the stocked MiL system as most. Yes, I acknowledge it is important to have young talent and as much as possible. It does not impact the ML club next year. Prospects don't always pan to be solid ML contributors. It takes young talent and solid veteran talent. That's where we fall short. We don't do a good job of identifying a difference maker and then go get them. We passed on Max S, slam dunk. This year there are two slam dunks out there, Chapman and Edwin E and even Cespedes to a certain extent. Will we go get them. The multimillion dollar question

  3. hotdog says:

    No way to I give Cashman an “A”…he did what GM’s have been doing for ages…the Yankees were not in a position to win a playoff spot so he traded Chapman and Beltran (both free agents after 2016) receiving prospects in return…the risk here was in trading Miller but I think that happened to be a good move…But the fact that Cashman did very little to improve this team over the winter knowing that the free agent crop in 2017 would be dry for starting pitching, is unfortunate. He had some ideas of trading with the Indians for Carrasco or Salazar that never materialized. There were a couple of decent moves but nothing sparkling that would warrant making him mayor of the city…

    • Jerry says:

      He would be a better Mayor then the City has right now. It seems to me that Cashman's hands are tied much of the time especially when it was over the winter, and two of the players most of us wanted, Price and Upton were not very good in 2016. Deals that I now can say, I'm glad we didn't….. and once again he made the deal for Chapman for not much and turned it into hopefully something special. And don't forget he also signed Miller to begin with. And again hopefully something special in return for trading him. Cashman has us now heading in the right direction.

  4. buckeyeballs says:

    I'd give him a B. Someone in the organization should have seen Sanchez ability and he should have been on the team in June and Arod gone then. Who knows what their record in late July would have been but certainly better. I actually think Cash got lucky when the yanks were swept by Tampa. Not sure he would have made those deals. MIller was risky-Frazier and Sheffield need to pan out. The Chapman Beltran deals were not risky as they can get em both back if they want. But its sort of like grading the NFL draft-you need 2 years to evaluate.

    • Herper says:

      I agree. The farm is important but what matters is the team in the Bronx. I don't think you can judge those deals until potential turns to success failure or is used for another trade. I do agree that Sanchez should have been up much earlier. Starting pitching needed to be taken care of before I would give an A. I give a B- to B. Take pitching off the table I say A-

  5. Nunzio says:

    Cashman for all the praise he receives from Yankee loyalists there is lots he does the frustrates the fan base…. how can you not make the farm better when you give up the two of the better relievers in baseball…. what I see what Cashman could have done and he did not was go after JP Happ and Estrada to bolt up our starting staff when they were available , the Blue Jays brought them both back and also brought in Donaldson when Cashman went after Headley , moves like that is why I can not give him an A , Cashman may have to agree with his bosses but he is still the GM and if he does not steer them in the right direction he might as well be a wall flower…. this is certainly not the Yankee way and prospects such as Judge are great but they are still prospects , in order to get better the GM has to be better and that's why Cashman gets a C and not an A from me.

    • mosc says:

      Donaldson trade made 28 GM's look lazy and Billy Bean look like a complete moron.

    • JA Happ was mediocre his entire career including the years leading up to his free agency last year. From 2012 through 2015 he had a 4.24 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. You can look at it with the benefit of hindsight, but there is no way that it's fair to knock Cashman for failing to sign a journeyman who had one good year in 2016.

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