Just like Peter Parker getting all the good photos of Spiderman and Clark Kent getting all the scoops about Superman, once again, Kat O’Brien gets the goods from Hank Stein:
“We’ll talk about [Cashman's contract] during the season,” Steinbrenner said. ” … It will just happen when it happens naturally. I think you guys are trying to create controversy here where it doesn’t exist.”
…Steinbrenner said Monday: “I think the big thing with Brian is the organization he put in place. It’s not based on just one decision as far as, do a trade or don’t do a trade, or sign a free agent or don’t sign. He put Damon Oppenheimer in as the chief of scouting, which has obviously paid off huge. The way he works with Mark Newman, the way he works with (Joe) Girardi, the organization he’s put in place. All those things are factors.”
…Steinbrenner said it “will just happen,” noting, “I’ve known Cash for a long time. Even back in the 80s when he first started out. He’s been with our family for a long, long time.”
No matter what Hank says, if I’m Brian, I still get that contract down and done before Johan Santana goes on a roll for the Mets.
And, if Hank is smart, he locks down Damon Oppenheimer at the same time he does Cashman. Because, if Oppenheimer walks, there goes a huge part of Cashman’s magic.