• Brian Ready To Bolt?

    Posted by on July 19th, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Via Ken Rosenthal -

    Even some of [Brian] Cashman’s friends in the industry think he might be ready to bolt. He started with the Yankees in 1986 and became GM in 1998, but he has turned increasingly blunt and outspoken in recent months, as if job security is the least of his concerns.

    Then again, Cashman actually seemed more disenchanted in 2008, the last time he was in the final year of his contract. He signed a new deal then after gaining more control, and perhaps he will centralize his authority again.

    Is it just me, or, does anyone else think part of Cashman’s fate sits with how the Yankees pitching does in August, September and October?

    Comments on Brian Ready To Bolt?

    1. Raf
      July 19th, 2011 | 11:41 am

      I think Cashman’s fate lies in his own hands, meaning if he leaves, it will be because he’s not happy with the way the organization is going, or because he’s tired; remember, he’s been here since ’86.

    2. Evan3457
      July 19th, 2011 | 12:07 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Is it just me, or, does anyone else think part of Cashman’s fate sits with how the Yankees pitching does in August, September and October?

      Well, I’m sure you’d like that to be the case, because this pitching staff is likely to land in the playoffs but not win the title, but Hal is in charge, and though he’s deliberately inscrutable, I haven’t heard anything from him that tells me Cashman’s getting the boot.

      So far, the big story of the season, from the GM perspective, is that Cashman opposed Soriano, brought in Colon and Garcia, gave Nova a chance in the rotation, and thus far, the starting pitching has been much better than anyone thought it would be. This combination of moves/non-moves has to redound to Cashman’s credit in the eyes of Hank and Hal, if not Trost and Levine.

      Of course, things could all change quickly, and if Tex and Jorge and Martin continue to slump, they could be fighting for their playoff lives 3 weeks from now. But right now, if the Yanks can take 1 of the remaining three in Tampa, they leave the Rays 6 games behind on the loss side with less than 70 to play.

      You know, it may turn out that the Angels are the real competition for the Wild Card, especially if young Mr. Trout gets his act together at the big league level, and if they trade for another hitter.

    3. Corey Italiano
      July 19th, 2011 | 12:39 pm

      Anyone see Robertson’s 2 change-ups yesterday? NASTY. I think Singleton said : “If he’s going to be throwing 3 pitches like that, it’s time to find him a rotation spot”.

      Note : I’m not advocating Robertson to the rotation, I’m just saying how good that was.

    4. LMJ229
      July 19th, 2011 | 10:35 pm

      I suppose he could bolt but IMO he would be foolish to do so. Being the GM of the Yankees has to be one, if not THE, premier position in sports. Why would you want to give that up?

      IMO Cashman has done a decent job as the GM. We could certainly do alot worse than him. The real question is: can we do better? I think so.

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