From the Hartford Courant:
Cashman, 38, accepted a three-year deal that will pay him between $5.5 million and $6 million over the course of the contract, making him one of the highest-paid GMs. He was looking not only for money, but for assurances that the continual discord in the Yankees organization will ease next year.
The language in the contract spells out the job description more specifically, giving Cashman more conventional GM powers to shape the roster. After long negotiations with Steve Swindal, who is George Steinbrenner’s son-in-law and heir apparent to run the Yankees, Cashman was apparently convinced things will improve. One thing under discussion is more frequent and inclusive meetings, in which Cashman, manager Joe Torre and possibly scout Gene Michael, whom Cashman regards very highly, will have Steinbrenner’s ear nearly as often as the Boss’ Tampa-based advisers. Billy Connors, Bill Emslie, Mark Newman and Damon Oppenheimer, all of whom work at the Tampa minor league complex, are among the chefs stirring the broth, a source of irritation to Cashman and Torre in New York.
Cash should be careful. Job descriptions, outside of a union shop, are usually not worth the paper that they’re printed on.