This evenings wild thought is a question. If you owned the New Yankees, and you had a chance to replace Brian Cashman (as G.M.) with Buck Showalter and, at the same time, you could replace Jean Afterman (as Assistant G.M.) with Tim Purpura, would you make that trade?
Me? I think someone like Purpura would be a huge improvement over Afterman – with Tim being able to do all the things that Jean can do, as well as him being able to excel at all the things she cannot do well.
And…Showalter for Cashman? Hey, that’s an interesting one. As I have said in the past:
Brian Cashman has value. He understands New York. He can navigate through the Yankees organization. He’s polished. He can take a punch. There’s nothing wrong with having Brian Cashman as the face of the front office – and being the person on point between the owners, the team, the media and the fans.
However, Showalter has an outstanding track record in terms of being a builder of baseball teams – albeit as a manager and not a G.M.
Put it this way…if you told me, today, that Cashman/Afterman were out for the Yankees and that Showalter/Purpura were in…well…I think I would be more excited over that news than I would be upset. How about you?