LADY AT THE BAT: On Brian Cashman's Likely Return As Yankees GM

Friday, September 5, 2014

On Brian Cashman's Likely Return As Yankees GM

As you probably know, Jon Heyman reported yesterday that Yankees GM Brian Cashman will likely be staying put. Heyman believes the Yankees will sign Cashman to a new contract once his current one expires at the end of the season.

Let the uproar begin. Actually it began yesterday after Heyman's article was posted. With the exception of, perhaps Joe Girardi, Cashman is the one person affiliated with the Yankees whose ouster is most called for.

I, on the other hand, am not calling for his ouster. Yes, Cashman has made mistakes during his tenure as GM.  They include not signing a backup 1B for this season and signing Kei Igawa years ago.  However, Cashman has his share of successes as well, including the pickups this year of McCarthy, Capuano, Headley and Prado, and signing reliever Rafael Soriano bringing in outfielder Raul Ibanez a few years back.

Heyman quotes an anonymous league executive as saying the Yankees "believe a likely second straight quiet October 'isn't Cashman's fault.'"

That executive is right. There are a lot of factors that have contributed to the mess that is the 2014 Yankees season, including the Perfect Storm that I have mentioned several times, and the fact that the farm system is one of the weaker ones in baseball.  (Cashman has actually done as good a job as possible with the farm system, fighting tirelessly to keep the few decent prospects the team has.)

So, Cashman haters, your cries are falling on deaf ears.  The Rappelling Elf will still take risks, both for charity and the New York Yankees.

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