The newest member of the New York Yankees isn’t a player, but instead a new executive advisor to GM Brian Cashman, Brian Sabean. Brian Sabean comes over from 25 years spent with the San Francisco Giants, as he manned two different roles during his time with the organization.
Before being named the Executive Vice President back in 2019, he was heralded as an incredibly successful head of their baseball division and the GM that won three rings. As head of the Giants’ baseball division from 1997-2018, Sabean oversaw the most successful era in the club’s history, including three World Championships (2010, 2012, 2014).
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The Yankees landed a stud in Brian Sabean:
Per Brendan Kuty, he immediately reports to Cashman and will provide insight and help with various moves and transactions that take place. This is also his second go with the Bronx Bombers, as back in 1985, he was brought on as a scout for the organization and did so until 1993. Sometimes, the winning moves aren’t always players being brought in but also finding the right pieces and personnel that can get the best out of the franchise.
Back in the fall of 2021, Sabean was heavily linked to the Mets, and it was revealed that he was interested in an executive position with the team. However, he got his desire to get back in the Big Apple, just with the crosstown Yankees whom he started his baseball career with. This marks a full circle for Sabean, and it’s clear that his abilities and talents were heavily desired around baseball. “Sabean is the perfect guy,” a senior MLB executive told the New York Daily News back in October 2021. “There’s this perception that no one wants to work for Cohen. But if Sandy brings Sabean to Cohen, the Mets would be hiring a Hall of Famer.”
Safe to say the Yanks got a good one, and his pedigree and resume speak for themselves. He knows what it takes to win, as seen by the dominant stretch of success he oversaw during his time in San Fran.
The Yankees have struggled to clear that final hurdle of hoisting the coveted World Series trophy, and having someone like Sabean join the ranks is a phenomenal move. This offseason has been a great one for the Yankees, to say the least, and if the next few months are like these last two, I have high hopes for the 2023 season. Look for Sabean’s influence and knowledge to play a huge role, even if behind the scenes, in the Yanks’ success for years to come.