Brian Cashman knows a few things about making free agent deals. He knows a lot about recruiting, even more about winning (five World Series rings) and perhaps the most about juggling massive contracts and egos.
So when the Yankees GM says stuff like this after hearing that the Knicks landed Amar’e Stoudemire, it’s hard to just ignore it:
“LeBron James is going to be a Knick. I’m convinced of it. New York is the place that will allow LeBron to be the player and person he wants to be, and it’s all coming together. Just listen, LeBron James will be a Knick.”
Cashman admitted to ESPN.com‘s Ian O’Connor this was his gut instinct, but his instinct also convinced him to shell out nearly $424 million in a single offseason to get CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira to lead the Yanks to their 27th World Series title.
“In free agency, it’s not about cutting the best deal, it’s about securing the player,” Cashman said. “I gave CC an extra year and an out after three years because we needed him. We couldn’t afford to lose him. He was the most vital piece to our entire game plan in free agency.
“You don’t get a gold star for saving money on a deal; your goal is to win championships. You can’t enter the free-agent market as a buyer hoping to beat the other teams by one dollar. You can’t mess around and lose the player.” [ESPN.com]