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News of the Day – 10/26/09
Posted By Diane Firstman On October 26, 2009 @ 10:33 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman took plenty of criticism following the 2007 season when he stood by while the Mets acquired left-hander Johan Santana from the Twins in a trade for four prospects. Cashman’s reluctance to deal with the Twins looked even worse when the Yankees’ string of 13 consecutive post-season appearances ended in 2008.
However, Cashman had a reason for not pursuing Santana and signing him to the type of lucrative contract—six years and $137.5 million—that the southpaw received from the Mets. That was that Cashman wanted to save money for last winter’s free-agent class. He took his savings and went crazy on the open market, signing left-hander CC Sabathia, right-hander A.J. Burnett, and first baseman Mark Teixeira for a combined $423.5 million. The trio combined for 15.3 WARP1 this season, and the Yankees are one victory away from their first World Series appearance since 2003.
“When we added David Cone from Toronto (during the 1995 season), we were a piece away at the time,” Cashman told the New York Daily News‘ John Harper. “But when Santana became available, in my opinion we weren’t a piece away yet. So I told ownership, ‘Listen, six months really isn’t a long time to wait, though it turned out to be a long time for me, to be honest, and if we can have the patience and discipline, I can’t guarantee you we’ll be able to get Sabathia, but think about what our organization will look like if we can add him and keep these other assets.’”
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URLs in this post:
 November 5th: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/26/sports/baseball/26pins.html?_r=1&ref=baseball
 Andy Pettitte: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/26/sports/baseball/26pettitte.html?ref=baseball
 pep talk: http://www.lohud.com/article/20091025/SPORTS01/910250349/1274/rss0901/Rivera%20plans%20pep%20talk%20for%20Hughes
 Brian Cashman: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=9693
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