On Tuesday, the New York Yankees made an interesting hire.
The team hired former San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean as a senior vice president and special assistant to General Manager Brian Cashman.
During Sabean’s time in San Francisco, the Giants won three World Series titles in a five-year span.
On Twitter, Yankees analyst Sweeny Murti commented on the Yankees recent hire.
Murti discussed how the Yankees have been increasingly reliant on analytics, which has been a point of criticism, and how Sabean can balance that out a little bit with his extensive background in scouting.
Sabean is also somebody who Cashman has been fond of for several years.
Interesting hire by Yankees. Increasing reliance on analytics has been a criticism. Sabean offers potential balance as a decorated executive whose background is scouting, someone Brian Cashman has spoken of reverently in the past. https://t.co/bbWpQkuhnc
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) January 3, 2023
Clearly, the Yankees are looking into expanding their horizons a little bit and not fully relying on analytics.
While analytics are a valuable tool, it is important to have some different perspectives on certain things.
Sabean is somebody who can provide some veteran analysis on things such as scouting, drafting, and evaluating talent.
The Yankees have several young players who appear ready to make an impact on the team, including top prospects Oswaldo Cabrera, Oswald Peraza, and Anthony Volpe.
The former two have already reached the big-league level and figure to be key pieces for the Yankees in 2023 as they look to build off of their success from last season.
New York won 99 games and captured their first American League East title since 2019.
They eliminated the Cleveland Guardians in the ALDS before falling short against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.