From a story on ESPN.com:
Brian Cashman wants to stay, and the New York Yankees want him back.
Steinbrenner offered his support.”I think Brian does a great job,” he said, according to the New York Post. “We need to sit and talk, but now is not the time for that.”
Steinbrenner echoed comments team president Randy Levine made after the Rafael Soriano news conference two weeks ago.
The team views Cashman as the best man for the job, but per club policy plans to wait until the end of the season before working on a new contract. There also has been no clear evidence that Cashman is looking to leave.
Steinbrenner told the Post that speculation about Cashman not being the GM after this season has been a “drummed-up drama.”
Other than Cashman being overruled in the signing of new setup man Soriano, there has been no evidence that the Yankees’ hierarchy is unhappy with Cashman. Even in the case of Soriano, Cashman and other executives admitted their disagreement, but didn’t indicate there were larger problems.
We can choose to believe these words or simply write them off as spin and lip service. The truth is, we just won’t know how this all plays out until the end of the season. Nothing said today is written in stone, after all. But it does somewhat dispel the notion that the Yankees and Cashman are currently in divorce mode.