First, let’s flashback to the news of September 30, 2008, vis Bryan Hoch -
Brian Cashman finalized a contract extension on Tuesday to remain as the general manager of the Yankees, an agreement that will run through the 2011 season.
Cashman, 41, has served as the club’s GM since February 1998, and his future in the role had been in some doubt as the Yankees finished their 89-73 season, missing the playoffs for the first time since the strike-shortened 1994 campaign.
Yankees co-chairmen Hal and Hank Steinbrenner had both publicly pledged support for Cashman’s return in 2009, but Cashman had refused to negotiate a contract for himself during the season.
The Yankees completed their campaign on Sunday by splitting a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park, and during that series Cashman told reporters that he would not permit his contract situation to drag out, saying to expect an announcement “sooner rather than later.”
So, what happens this season? Will Cashman again refuse to negotiate a contract for himself during the season? Or, will he pressure the Brothers Steinbrenner to get it done before his current deal expires? And, if he does, what will be their reaction?
And, of course, if Cashman is not the Yankees GM in 2012 – albeit because he was not retained or promoted – who will be the next GM of the Yankees?
Lastly, what’s next for Cashman if he leaves the Yankees? (My money is on “ESPN Talking Head” – à la Steve Phillips.)
What are you thoughts on Cashman and his contract situation? If you were the Yankees, how would you handle it?