July 2: Traded Scott Wiggins to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Raul Mondesi.
July 5: As part of a 3-team trade, traded Jason Arnold (minors), John-Ford Griffin and Ted Lilly to the Oakland Athletics. Received Jeff Weaver from the Detroit Tigers. In addition, the Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, Franklyn German and Carlos Pena to the Detroit Tigers; and the Detroit Tigers sent cash to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent Jeremy Bonderman (August 22, 2002) to the Detroit Tigers to complete the trade.
This was a deadline that Cashman would like to forget, even if all the damage wasn't his doing.
The trade for Mondesi was a disgrace, a direct product of George Steinbrenner's petulance.
Mondesi was a player in decline in 2002, a hard-living, undisciplined, expensive slugger whom the Blue Jays believed they had no chance to rid themselves of. J.P. Ricciardi was so sure that he was stuck with Mondesi that the Jays' GM nearly drove off the Mass Pike when he learned the Yankees were interested.
Sure enough, Mondesi was a slug in New York, the antithesis of the kind of player that helped build the recent dynasty. Can't really blame Cash here. Sometimes The Boss is just going to be The Boss.
The Jeff Weaver debacle was on Cash, however. The Yankees gave up left-handed prospect Ted Lilly to acquire Weaver from the Tigers, a talented right-hander who had yet to live up to his potential playing for a bad Detroit team.
The deal blew up in Cashman's face.
Weaver didn't have the temperament to pitch in New York, looking eternally uncomfortable and unhappy on the mound. His lasting legacy is the game-winning homer he allowed to Alex Gonzalez in Game 4 of the World Series against the Marlins in 2003.
The walk-off blast turned the tide in the series, and as Lilly went on to flourish, it ensured the trade would be remembered as among Cash's worst.