Soriano was negotiated by Levine while Cashman had no contract with the organization, which was technically without an official GM, No?Yeah, and as we found out with the Soriano signing.. that is not always the case.
Still, can't blame a GM for injuries (which our young talent went through heavily last season). Sometimes things just happen (like Andy Pettitte's injury) and others, well even the best can't always see them coming.
The Montero for Pineda trade looked great on paper... Medical could not see anything wrong in the shoulder.. then spring training comes and well.. reality sets in... still, Brian Cashman is not a doctor... If there was something there that was missed, it was the medical staff, not the GM at fault.
Yes, the GM hires people.. but sometimes that does not always work. In today's landscape (see DRAFT), the GM does not always get to choose who they can hire. Oh, you can try to overpay UFA's, but in today's market... most UFA's are not worth as much as they are getting. With the steroid era being over, guys are going back to breaking down in their mid-thirties... that means that most UFA's have only a 3-5 year window of being useful at best... That means you can't just go sign your way out of problems.
For years, the Yanks signed the top free agents.. that cost them their top draft picks... over a series of years (about a decade), we lost quite a bit of talent because of those draft picks going to other teams. In '09, we they signed Burnett, Cc & Tex, that is their top 3 picks... gone.. when stuff like that happens once.. not a problem.. when it happens year after year... well, years later you suddenly have a farm system that does not have a large amount of talent.
Then you have teams like the Rays, who seemed to be able to stock pile those early picks by allowing countless guys to walk every year. The Yankee fan base would NEVER allow that to happen.. think I am kidding... who is this thread about? Robbie Cano and the possibility of him walking and the uproar about that chance... that is one player.
Oh, and forget about the Yanks talking extention early.. 1. the Yanks won't do that... 2. Scott Boras won't either.. he would have gladly re-opened talks before the options were exercised.. but you would have given him a raise during those option years over what he was scheduled to make... again, with SB, you don't get anything for free.