Yankees hire Brian Sabean as adviser to GM Brian Cashman

ByJoon Lee ESPN logo
Wednesday, January 4, 2023

NEW YORK -- There will be one more decorated baseball executive in the New York Yankees' front office next season.

The Yankees announced Brian Sabean as executive adviser to general manager Brian Cashman on Tuesday.

Sabean, 66, spent 30 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, leading the organization to World Series rings in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He spent the past four seasons as executive vice president for the Giants and previously spent eight seasons with the Yankees, joining the organization in 1985 as a scout. Sabean served as New York's director of scouting from 1986 through 1990, and as vice president of player development and scouting from 1990 through 1992.

"I still have a great passion for the game and I really have been exposed to almost everything in the game and almost run every department you can in an organization," Sabean said. "So, I think I needed to be in a place that I could give back, be a mentor, contribute at any level at any time and be an on-call doctor."

Cashman previously sung the praises of Sabean in 2018, calling him an "unsung hero" for his role in drafting and developing Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Bernie Williams. On Tuesday, he was equally complimentary.

"He turned out to be one of the game's great evaluators," Cashman told The Athletic, lauding his work with the Giants. "He was an architect of arguably one of the greatest systems ever assembled that helped lead to a dynasty."

Sabean will be helping Cashman try to get the Yankees back to the World Series for the first time since 2009.

"The fact he has had his hand involved in all aspects of baseball operations for his entire life will serve us well," Cashman said. "I know he can make us better because he's a skilled baseball person as well as an amazing, graceful ambassador for the game."

Sabean is ready for the challenge.

"I hope to be a utility tool," he said, "and voice opinions when needed and work in areas that he may specifically want more thought or advice on."