You are the general manager of a Major League Baseball team. You are considered the stepchild of your sport in your city. Your team hasn’t won anything in nearly three decades. They haven’t made the playoffs in almost one decade. Do you think short term or long term goals?
Now you are the general manager of a team that has not won anything in four years. You think back on your time with the organization. Four championships including a dynasty run in the late 90’s. An eight year drought followed by a championship season. Nothing after that. The offseason is almost done. Were your goals short term or long term?
Which general manager had it harder?
These are the questions Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Yankees GM Brian Cashman had to answer. We are only about two weeks away from Spring Training. Were goals met? Alderson preached long term when he came into office three years ago. This offseason had to be to meld the long term with the short term. This is when he was supposed to insert pieces here and there to fill holes the rebuilt farm system cannot just yet. Look at the pieces brought in. Does it enhance the long term goals put in place at the beginning of this administration? Considering Matt Harvey had Tommy John Surgery and is out through 2014, the Bartolo Colon signing was a smart move even if the money was slightly outrageous. Colon will eat innings and get strikeouts. Curtis Granderson brings legitimacy to what appeared to be a dying franchise, yet again. He won’t hit for the power he had in the bandbox at Yankee Stadium, but he will fulfill a desperate need for driving in runs with doubles, possibly triples when hit in the gap in right and batting behind David Wright.
Cashman is a man desperate, no more than Alderson, for a championship. He needs a playoff run. His concern should’ve been short term. Yet from what I saw with his signings, he thought short term, but with bad long term contracts. Jacoby Ellsbury is injury prone. Yes,he bounces back quite well from his injuries. My question to Cashman would be: If he continues to get injured, how long do you think he will actually last under that contract? Seven years for that amount of money for a player that might not be able to stay healthy enough to fulfill it is a sign a desperate man. What if the Yankees don’t make it? Carlos Beltran fulfills an immediate need of a power hitter, especially for Yankee Stadium. The big question mark is still third base. Enter Stephen Drew? With all of the money throwing sessions Cashman has had so far, what is one more multi-year, multi-million dollar contract?
This is the year both general managers need something to happen in their favor. If not, could this be the end for both?