If you believe the scuttlebutt from the GMs at the World Series, Brian Cashman’s prolonged negotiation with Yankees general partner Steve Swindal is directly related to Theo Epstein’s holdout in Boston.
“They’re pals,” said one GM, “and I’m sure they’re both holding out as long as they can, if nothing else, to give Theo additional leverage so he gets what he wants from the Red Sox. In any case, Brian’s going to get his money.”
I doubt this is true. But, if it were true, I would find it troubling that there is a friendship between the two GMs.
Mutual respect and admiration are fine. But, if there’s a chance that having Theo Epstein as GM helps the Boston Red Sox, then it should be Cashman’s concern that he does not get the job – and Cash’s goal should not be that Theo gets the job and is rewarded financially for doing it as well.
But, again, before I really start to rant, I would want to see more proof that this could be true.