If you were a real Yankee fan, you would not be saying that Epstein is a genius and Cashman does not have a clue. They are one and the same.
First, Little Dustin is wrong. The Brewers offered Sabathia $100 million, and he may have gotten as much as $120 from the Dodgers if he had waited. Yes, the Yankees outbid teams by $40-$50 million, but not $100 million like Little Dustin stated. That is just the type of exaggeration that Yankee haters use to drum up more hate and stir up anti-Yankee feelings among baseball fans.
I am a Yankee fan too, and I will say that Cashman does not know how to find talent, and doesn't rely enough on his scouts like Gene Michael anymore, and I will admit that the Red Sox have done a better job at developing young players the last couple of years, but that may change if Hughes turns out go be good, and Joba keeps developing.
Epstein is not any smarter than Cashman. He has a lot of money to spend as well. The Yankees have a high payroll, but the Red Sox have been second until last season. Epstein spent big bucks on Dice-K, and was only able to acquire Beckett only if he took on Lowell's big contract. Like the Yankees with Sabathia, the Red Sox overspent for the rights to Dice-K, by over $20 million.
I have to disagree with you about Cashman not being a "fan". Why do you think that? Cashman played in high school, and would not be working in baseball if he did not have an interest in the game. I also think Cashman does "bleed pinstripes". Cashman's contract was up after '06, and '08, yet he chose to re-sign with the Yankees both times, when he certainly would have had offers from other teams. I think that shows loyalty. When the Red Sox won four years ago, Theo was upset that he didn't get a new contract and snuck out of Fenway disguised in a gorilla suit. Does that sound like genius to you? Or a little boy who didn't get his way?
I would also like the Yankees to sign Texeira. But even they need to watch their payroll with the economy the way it is. Their biggest need was pitching and they addressed it in a big way. You also have to understand, they just got out from under Giambi's huge contract, and with A-Rod's long-term deal, they may not want to jump into another 8- 0r 10-year contract at $20 million a year. I still think that Cashman has hope for younger players, and he has held onto Cano, and has turned down deals for Hughes and Kennedy this offseason, even though they struggled last year. I want a 27th championship too, but I don't want them to overspend for it. That will just make Yankee haters even more hateful