I wanted a productive thread on the evaluation on Brian Cashman as a GM this season or his for his career.
I thought it was an unfortunate season that shouldn't completely fall on Cashman's shoulders due to the alarming rate of all the injuries.
Best Move: Trading RHP Corey Black for OF Alfonso Soriano.
Soriano led the Yankees in homers by a right handed batter. He had 50 RBI and hit 17 HR for the Yankees. He finished the season batting .255 with 34 HR and 101 RBI. Exceeded all expectations, and from my eyes he was one of our best Outfielders too.
Worst Move: Not Trading Joba/Hughes for anything mid-season when he had the chance.
Yeah Joba/Hughes were struggling and their value was at an all time low, but there's no doubt you can get something for them mid-season even if its a half open bag of doridos. Cashman banked on either of them performing well down the stretch to warrant a QO but it never happened. Neither contributed anything and regressed horribly as the year went on. Hughes went 4-14 with an ERA of 5.19 and Joba had an ERA of 4.93. Highly unlikely either gets offered a QO or even come back.
Season Grade: C (Average)