Posted July 27, 2013

Report: Yankees ownership overruled GM Brian Cashman in Alfonso Soriano trade

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Alfonso Soriano went 0 for 5 in his first game back in pinstripes on Friday after being acquired for a minor leaguer. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman advised team ownership not to make Friday’s trade for Alfonso Soriano but was overruled, The New York Post‘s Joel Sherman is reporting.

Cashman, who has said in the past that he does not like giving up prospects, believed the Yankees’ assets could be spent better than on Soriano, two non-Yankees executives told Sherman.

The Yankees owe the 37-year-old Soriano about $7 million over the next two seasons after the Cubs agreed to pay most of the $24 million remaining on his contract.

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Cashman has disagreed with ownership on several key moves in recent years, according to the report, including letting catcher Russell Martin leave as a free agent this past offseason, signing reliever Rafael Soriano for three years and $35 million in 2011 and re-signing Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

From The Post:

Cashman would not directly confirm what he advised Hal Steinbrenner, but told The Post: “I would say we are in a desperate time. Ownership wants to go for it. I didn’t want to give up a young arm [Corey Black]. But I understand the desperate need we have for offense. And Soriano will help us. The bottom line is this guy makes us better. Did ownership want him? Absolutely, yes. Does he make us better? Absolutely, yes. This is what Hal wants, and this is why we are doing it.”

In a press briefing yesterday to announce Soriano’s acquisition, Cashman never directly spoke of his vote against the trade. But when it came to future possible deals to help this year’s club, he said a few times he does not like to give up prospects and he “might need ownership’s help” to convince him to finalize such a trade.


37 comments
PWINGS
PWINGS

Cashman got this one right. The Yankees were lucky to get Soriano off their payroll years ago. Now the Steinbrenners want him back? It must be nice to have money to burn. That's what they may as well do with the money they'll pay Soriano. Dumb!

6marK6
6marK6

Cashman is a horrible GM, he has literally been allowed to write blank checks for twenty years. You gave up nothing for Soriano and are paying nothing. Agreed, the A-Rod contract was a bad idea, but everybody knew that (almost). I love the way non-Yankee fans are praising him now, now that the Yankees are hurting. Anybody actually think Cashman could operate with an As or Rays budget? NO!

JoeRutt
JoeRutt

Are you smoking crack  cano is the best overall 2nd basemen in MLB. You must be a non yankee fan and want him for your team.Remember to just say no to drugs.and please stop making stupid posts.!!!!!

Phillies113
Phillies113

It must be tough to be Brian Cashman. Say he leaves; what moves can he actually take credit for on a resume?

crescentparkfe
crescentparkfe

As a Yankees fan usually I disagree with with Cashman as an idiot but he is right in not re-signing A-Fraud,not letting Martin go,and not signing Rafeal Soriano,

ianlinross
ianlinross

I hope Steinbrenner fires Cashman (and Costanza) so we can bring him to Toronto.

Willceder
Willceder

Cashman says he doesn't like to trade prospects? I guess that's why we have Homer Hughes

And Jumbo Chamberlin.

Mr.MayorMarionBarry
Mr.MayorMarionBarry

/me smokes crack wit hookers to celebrate the yankees shooting themselves in the foot...

help4mac1
help4mac1

LOL, it wasn't me, it was them over there, look over there and not at me.

joe6647
joe6647

Whos the owner of the Yankees? Jerry Jones?

oo0tusa0oo
oo0tusa0oo

From what I've seen of the Yankees prospects no reason to keep them, and you'll notice the other teams in baseball are not beating down the Yankees doors to get them.

yadda71
yadda71

Yankees sign another aging slugger? Never heard that one before. Do they think they are one 37 year old away from a title? This is just a waste of prospects. Yankees will finish 3rd in that division.

DalePearl
DalePearl

Sounds like Cashman has been right on with the every instance that ownership has overturned his decision. Why would anyone want a job where your hired opinion is always overturned?

TontisAcheater
TontisAcheater

Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman will fork over a whopping $1 million a year in alimony and child support to his now-ex-wife, Mary Bresnan, under the divorce settlement they signed off on this week, court records obtained by The Post reveal.

That means Cashman — whose wife dumped him when his cheating ways were exposed by an alleged extortionist with whom he’d had a fling last year — will be wire-transferring a total of $83,333.33 every month to Bresnan until Halloween 2025, or until she remarries.

ngk11
ngk11

This was a stupid deal. The yankees are SELLERS not buyers. They need all the prospects they can get because they are not winning ANYTHING for at least 5 years

eddie767
eddie767

Sounds like Cashman doesn't want to be there,but wants to keep his money. If he's fired they pay him,if he resigns no money. But the way he's acting what team(s) will want to hire him?

kdbarbershop
kdbarbershop

This is a deal for the Yankees. The Cubs pay $24 million. The Yanks pay $7 over two years. And since when are Yankee prospects so valuable? Their entire starting line-up are free agents! Cashman is on his way out. The ownership just made him irrelevant. Plus, cussing out A-Rod like it was a high school feud and lets not forget that affair that went public. The bottom line for the Yankess, they haven't won the world series in 4 years, and it doesn't look like it will happen this year.

mystafugee
mystafugee

Cashman also signed Arod to that huge deal too.  

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

They gave up a prospect that's in A-Ball, and isn't that great in A-Ball.  And they ate a small portion of Soriano's contract.  They won this one.  They need to just leave it alone.

jefe462
jefe462

I wish I could see the list of players Cashman turned down to keep Joba and Phil Hughes. 

doghockey
doghockey

@Willceder And you were glad that they were not traded as prospects when they came up to the majors and immediately contributed. 

biasedsportsfan
biasedsportsfan

@oo0tusa0oo 1) I agree with you, but 2) it's quiet enough in the Yankees' minor league system already without giving up what talent there is. I, for one, being NOT a Yankees fan, was thrilled to learn of Soriano's acquisition and thrilled to hear that the eminently wise and diabolical Cashman still has far too little respect from ownership. Keep it up, Jerry. I mean Hal.

chasindreams
chasindreams

@yadda71 Third in that division is nothing to sneeze at. Will likely be the second wild card.

eddie767
eddie767

@mystafugee The"Boss" signed him to the first contract. Then the wannabe"Boss" did the dumb second one. Cashman wanted no part of A-Rod.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@BosephHeyden Let us all know what teams you are general manager for....so we can see your track record....lol

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@jefe462 - Oh that'd be great!  I'd love to see that list too and the list of names he turned down for the B&B boys and for Jesus Montero back in the day... 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@TontisAcheater @NickWright  

Apples and oranges.  

Cashman didn't cheat on the game of baseball.  And he didn't use his family as a "prop" for publicity.

He may be a bad guy, but that doesn't make him a bad G.M.