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In part two of our look back at Brian Cashman’s track record since gaining autonomy over baseball operations, we take a look at what has happened under his hand between October 2007 and October 2008. Part one can be read here and post two can be read here.

Signings and Re-Signings

Re-signed Jorge Posada to a 4 yr/$52.4 million deal.

Re-signed Mariano Rivera to a 3 year/$45 million deal.

Re-signed Alex Rodriguez to a 10 year/$275 deal.

Signed Robinson Cano to a 4 year/$30 million deal.

Exercised 2008 club option on Bobby Abreu.

Signed LaTroy Hawkins to a one-year contract.

Signed Jose Molina to a two-year contract.

Signed Wilson Betemit to a one-year contract.

Signed IF Billy Crystal to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. (more…)

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As the calendar turns to 2010 and Spring Training approaches, the Yankees are entering their 9th year since the retirement of RF Paul O’Neill. Since his retirement, only one person has worn his number, LaTroy Hawkins. However, only a few weeks into the 2008 season did LaTroy switch his number to 22 because Yankees fans still viewed the number sacred in Yankees history, thus causing problems for LaTroy. It got so bad at one point that at homestands when LaTroy would pitch, fans would chant O’Neill’s name. Since LaTroy switched teams, no one else has worn 21 which begs the question, should the number retired?

Most Yankees fans will answer a resounding yes and I am one of those fans that believe so as well. However, there are those people who believe that he didn’t do enough to deserve to have his number retired.

Looking at the retired numbers, there is a player on the list that O’Neill compares to in regards to numbers, for the most part. That person is Reggie Jackson. Their numbers to compare are listed below. (more…)

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