• Is Cashman Longing For Another Job?

    Posted by on January 23rd, 2011 · Comments (103)

    Via Bill Madden today –

    Lot of questions swirling around regarding Brian Cashman and his “Don’t look at me” declaration at the Rafael Soriano soiree last Wednesday – not the least of which was: Imagine if George Steinbrenner was still alive and he picked up the newspapers the next day and saw all these quotes from his general manager criticizing Yankee ownership for giving closer money to a set-up reliever and relinquishing their No. 1 June draft pick in the process?

    No doubt, Cashman would never have dared to get involved in a public hissing match with the late Yankee Boss – the road is still littered with carcasses of those who did – but the very fact he would run the risk of annoying his son, Hal, tells me that Cashman is not very happy in his job. There are a lot of reasons for this, the least of which was being overruled by his bosses on the Soriano signing. If you listen to some of things Cashman has said over the years and look at the pattern with which he has chosen to operate in the last few years – the CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeira winter notwithstanding – a picture emerges of a GM who clearly wishes he was running a small-market team like his pal Billy Beane in Oakland. Indeed, you get the feeling that Cashman is tired of being labled a “checkbook GM”, while viewing that $200 million Yankee payroll as an albatross rather than a built-in insurance policy for making the postseason every year. A tip-off of this was Cashman’s off-the-cuff remark to the Yankee beat writers at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. last December: “I haven’t had a problem knocking on Hal’s door and asking for more money. I have a problem sometimes of Hal saying yes. I know my title is general manager, but I consider myself the director of spending for the New York Yankees.”

    I have to say, I wonder if Cashman now wishes he went for the Washington Nationals job, when he had a shot, the way they’re throwing around money, etc. Personally, I would love to see Cashman become a GM for a team like the Reds, Royals, Blue Jays or Diamondbacks – and see how he does with a team payroll budget around $75 million a year. It’s only then would we really see how smart of a GM he really is…

    Comments on Is Cashman Longing For Another Job?

    1. LMJ229
      January 26th, 2011 | 6:05 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Interresting, because Contreras wound up being the #1 starter on a team that won a title, and Weaver wound up being the #3 starter on the team that won the title the next season.So, was it Cashman’s “lack of an eye for pitching talent” that made both of them fail in New York? Or was it something else?

      You mean the same Contreras Cashman traded for Esteban Loaiza? And the same Weaver Cashman traded for a washed up Kevin Brown?

    2. McMillan
      November 15th, 2013 | 10:35 pm

      Raf wrote:

      The fact remains that if Cashman was as poor at evaluating talent as some would like to think, the Yankees would’ve imploded by now.

      Or between Jan. 24, 2011 and Oct., 2013.

    3. McMillan
      November 15th, 2013 | 10:49 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      The Soriano deal proves, to me, that these guys need Cashman. A lot… The deal fails on so many levels…

      With Mariano Rivera and Dave Robertson Out, Rafael Soriano Gives Yankees Sense of Closure

      Soriano is 6-for-6 in save opportunities this season
      “… since Rivera’s season ended with a torn ACL and Robertson landed on the disabled list with an oblique injury, Soriano has provided Girardi with much-needed stability in the ninth inning. Soriano is 6-for-6 in save opportunities…” – May 31, 2012.

      http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/mariano-rivera-dave-robertson-rafael-soriano-yankees-sense-closure-article-1.1087950

      Yankees Hope Rafael Soriano Can Be Mariano Rivera-like During Bombers’ Playoff Run

      Soriano has been spectacular since Rivera went out with a knee injury in May, saving 42 games in 46 chances. He is one of four Yankees to ever hit the 40-save plateau, joining Rivera, John Wetteland and Dave Righetti, and since he became the Yanks’ closer he has more saves than anyone in baseball.

      “The Yankees season could’ve been ruined when Rivera… tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee… Soriano was not even the original choice to replace Rivera as closer – Robertson was – but Soriano… eventually took over and his performance has given his teammates a certain level of calm about endgame situations.” – Oct. 4, 2012.

      http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/soriano-fill-mo-big-october-shoes-article-1.1175469

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