Sizemore Posted April 16, 2006 Share Posted April 16, 2006 Dec. 10, 2005 Cashman Signed As Stro's GM Houston Tx. - The stars are shining bright in Texas these days. The newly signed GM, Brian Cashman, has started getting to work on revamping an old and worn roster. The average age is around 30 and no signs of getting better. Having made the World Series last year, it might be the last run these players have in them. In other words, the gas tank might be running out. Roger Clemens has made no guarentees of returning, and Cashman has made it clear that he wont expect him to. Jeff Bagwell was contemplating retirement before the start of spring, and Cashman has made plans to see that he does. Craig Biggio, a mainstay in Houston for years, is on his last leg as well. So the Killer Bees legacy as we knew it, is coming to a thunderous close. Brian Cashman is looking for change Brian Cashman: "The team made some strides in their push to the playoffs and the World Series last year, but I will make us better. I want to shake up the roster by leaps and bounds, so no one feels like their job is safe. If its one thing I learned working for George, is to never get comfortable in any situation." Cashman, released from his contract due to disagreements over how to run the Yankees organization, was hired by Drayton McClane to get the Astros back to the World Series in the shortest period of time possible. Drayton McClane bought the team in 1993 hoping to change the losing ways that seemed to daunt the Astros every year. Hiring Cashman as soon as he heard that Cashman was a FA General Manager. Drayton McClane: "I look at it this way, Im a buisness man, Im in a situation where my team is aging and there is no hope of turning it around any time soon. I hired Brian, because he is just to good a talent to pass up." Cashman worked along side George Steinbrenner for the past few years and never developed a great relationship with him. The constant fueding and infighting left Cashman with his hands tied in most cases. Deal after deal had to be ran passed George to get his opinion or approval so the deals could get done. None the less, it finally came to a close last week, when Cashman resigned his post as Yankees GM. Cashman and Steinbrenner never saw eye to eye So Steinbrenners loss is the Astros gain. In any event, it will take nothing less than a Houdini, to get the Stros back to the World Series. If history is right, Cashman wont take long to pull the trigger on any deal, and that goes for stars or prospects. We will see, and lets keep our fingers crossed. Jim Downs has been the experienced beat reporter for the Houston Astros Organization since 1990 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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