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Brian Cashman shoots down interest in Cubs’ GM job, wants to stay with Yanks

Aug 20, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

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The firing of Cubs general manager Jim Hendry yesterday has immediately led to speculation about some potential high-profile successors. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is in the final year of his contract and while there hasn’t been any talk about an extension yet, he told the New York Daily News yesterday that he has no desire to walk away.

“I have a job and I’ve been proud to be associated with this franchise,” Cashman said Friday. “I’m not looking to remove myself from this franchise.”

“Every year my contract has expired, there have been unnamed experts that throw hand grenades about their suspicions with what I’m going to do,” Cashman said. “At some point, they’ve always been wrong.”

We have also heard speculation linking the Cubs to Pat Gillick, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported yesterday that “it’s doubtful that he would even consider the Cubs” because the Hall of Fame GM “is happy as a special advisor with the Phillies.”

We’ll likely hear plenty of names in the days ahead, but one of the early favorites is White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, who interviewed for the Mets’ general manager vacancy last year. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, White Sox GM Ken Williams called Hahn “one of the most qualified men to assume the position moving forward.”

  1. yankeesfanlen - Aug 20, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Brian Cashman being a GM at other than the Yankees is somewhat akin to the concept of Hal Steinbrenner selling the Universe to Frank McCourt “on the cuff”.
    I will not abide by such inveterate silliness.

  2. raysfan1 - Aug 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Cashman wants to stay with the Yankees and not move to the Cubs? What a surprise!

    This just in: chocolate is tasty!

    • hittfamily - Aug 20, 2011 at 7:27 PM

      Another Rays fan bringing it!!! Nice.

      I just hope they don’t go after Andrew Friedman. With Shields, Price, Hellickson, Niemann, Davis, Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, and Alex Torres all vying for a spot in the rotation next year, something has to give. It will be a blockbuster offseason with 2 quality starters getting traded and BJ Upton traded/extended. It would really suck to give a rookir GM that responsibility. I don’t want the Cubs calling Friedman for anything, unless they want to empty their farm for our number 3 starter, like they did last year,

  3. pisano - Aug 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Who in their right mind would make that switch? A person would have to be on LSD, and in the midst of a horror trip to move from the penthouse to the sh*t
    house. No offense to the Cubs fans, God knows you’ve endured a lot of pain over the years, but I’m just sayin.

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