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The Yankees intend to offer Brian Cashman a new contract

Sep 4, 2014, 2:40 PM EST

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Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees intend to offer GM Brian Cashman a new contract. Why?

Yankees higher-ups are impressed with Cashman’s in-season pickups, including starterBrandon McCarthy, infielder/outfielder Martin Prado and third baseman Chase Headley, and sources say they fairly don’t blame him for the underperformance of some of their established veteran hitters . . .

All of that is true. The offseason pickups like Beltran and McCann seemed smart at the time. And it’s certainly not his fault that CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka were injured.

One wonders who the Yankees blame for the team not developing any position players of note in several years, but it apparently is not Cashman. Or, if it is, they’re willing to overlook it.

  1. El Bravo - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Looks kinda Putin-esque in that pic.

    • SocraticGadfly - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      He’s going to invade eastern Lahn G-eye-land and annex it from the Mets.

      • El Bravo - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Dah

  2. Rich Stowe - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    kinda figured this would be Cash’s last year but oh well…

    • SocraticGadfly - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Yeah, I think ….

      A guy named Jeter needs a new job.

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        Cash will report to Jeter next year… no worries…

  3. yankeesfanlen - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Well, why not? A certain shortstop deficiency can be replaced (someone have the Rockie’s front office number?) and he somehow replaces pitchers at the drop of a glove. And, maybe 3rd will have a new (old?) returning face, whom we should leave alone.

  4. Kevin S. - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    The Yankees already brought back Newman and Oppenheimer, the top two player-development guys, last winter. If you aren’t going to hold them responsible for the lack of home-grown players on the team, how do you blame Cashman, the Austin Jackson trade?

  5. bmadormo - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Can’t blame Cash for AROD- that one is totally on Hank. Can’t kill him for Jeter either. It was a lose-lose with El Capitan. But it is time for some minor league position players to step up. For that he is totally accountable

  6. jbriggs81 - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    As a yankee fan, I don’t think this is either a bad thing or a good thing. Sounds like its somewhere in the middle. My biggest problem with his is that Cashman is partially responsible for the lack of player development in the minors which requires the Yankees to spend money/gamble on free agents. However, player development has many other components and variables to determine overall success which are out of the GM’s hands such as the coaches, front office player development guys like Newman, and most importantly – the player. I will say that this year’s minor league system looks a billion times better than last year’s system, so that is a major plus.
    Cash also made some pretty good small moves to incrementally help the team such as trading Nuno for McCarthy, Solarte for Headley and picking up Prado for nearly nothing. Those aren’t the most glamorous names, but they did help the team.

    • yankeefan1950 - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      What people keep overlooking is that the deficiencies that Cashman is credited for correcting are deficiences he created! It is on him that Texiera is still dragging down the team at a huge salary, the same with Sabathia. And that contract he gave to Gardner? What was he thinking! The man is good but will never be a star, but he’s being paid like one now. Beltran, older with documented bad knees. What does Cashman do? Gives him a long term contract for way too much money. He’s being credited for picking up Headley and Drew to spark the offense, well Drew is hitting worse than the .176 he was hitting with the Bosox and Headley is batting .230. Wow, that bodes well for the future. He’s hamstrung the team for years to come and still hasn’t a clue when it comes to evaluating player’s (or prostitute’s) talents. He took over from Michaels and Watson and did nothing but spend money to fill in the gaps when the players those two acquired left. Its well documented that good ol’ Hank Steinbrenner is responsible for Arod but everything else is on Cashman. Oh, and have you ever heard any other baseball executive or manager use the word “I” as much as he does?

      • Jeremy T - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        Gardner’s getting between 11 and 13 million/year. That’s pretty dang far from being paid as a “star” and for a couple of those years at least, that’s a downright steal. Headley hasn’t hit all that well, but has been an enormous upgrade on defense. Beltran was probably an overpay, but still only 3 years. He’s definitely given out a few too many long-term high-money deals, but when the alternative is a rebuild, there weren’t too many other options deemed acceptable.

        He’s kept the Yankees regularly competitive with most of the league working very hard to make that impossible (through either rule changes or consistent improvement in research techniques), and has picked up successful cheap pieces off the scrap heap at a frankly astonishing rate. There are probably others out there who would’ve done a better job, but the hate Cashman gets from a vocal minority of Yankee fans amazes me.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        It is on him that Texiera is still dragging down the team at a huge salary,

        The Yanks don’t have anyone dragging down the team at a salary. Also Tex’s $ is off the books in two years.

        And that contract he gave to Gardner? What was he thinking! The man is good but will never be a star, but he’s being paid like one now.

        This isn’t the ’50s anymore, and above average player getting $12M a year is a steal.

        Beltran, older with documented bad knees.

        It’s his elbow that’s bothering him….

  7. sdelmonte - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    I have to wonder if maybe this should be a case like Theo and the Sox. Not so much “what have you done for me lately?” as just “time for a change of scenery.” Obviously, the Bronx brain trust and Brian don’t agree. And he is still a great GM for the most part.

    You can’t blame him for injuries, but you can hold him at least partly accountable for the length of aging players’ contracts. As noted earlier today, they are stuck with Beltran for two more years. Yes, the Yankees can swallow that. But that doesn’t mean they should give out that sort of deal in the first place.

    In any case, it’s clearly time for the Yankees to renew their focus on building from within. Not that Cashman relied solely on big name signings, but the new math of both contracts and player career arcs after the steroid era means that the next CC or the even next Ellsbury will not be there every November. We will see if he makes this a higher priority.

  8. temporarilyexiled - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Not a Yankees fan, but seems to me he does a great job with what he’s got. While that statement on its face sound ridiculous considering the payroll, he really has made lemonade out of lemons. I plead ignorance on the player-development angle. The real question (which I’m always wondering about Brian Sabean – particularly regarding homegrown outfielders – or the lack of them) is: Do you hold the GM at fault for a farm system failing to produce? In this day and age, where we’re hopefully learning that eyeball scouting AND statistical analysis can work together, do we (as in the outsiders) really know how that now works and who’s really in charge?

  9. trbmb - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Hardly a shock that Cashboy will return. Hank and company don’t care about winning as long as the $$$$$$ continue to come. Plus the owners haven’t a clue on team building so the Cashboy is a fit. Yank fans, don’t hold your breath waiting for your team to be good again.

  10. stlouis1baseball - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    “One wonders who the Yankees blame for the team not developing any position players of note in several years.”

    When you write contracts like you are paying with Monopoly money you don’t have a real need to develop talent. Until those contracts don’t pan out of course!

  11. tigers182 - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Apart of the contract requires him to tattoo the “2” on his forehead and picture of Jeters face on his chest.

  12. deepizzaguy - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    The people who will defend Brian Cashman will say Brian did not cause the injuries to his star players or make errors on the field. At least the Yankees are in pennant contention and not out of the running for a postseason berth at this time.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      I wouldn’t say clinging to life for the wild card is in contention for the pennant…

      The Yanks aren’t really in contention.

      They’re not as close as the games back indicate. Just like last season when they were “in” it til the end… they weren’t either and they won’t make it this year.

      They’re playing over their heads, winning while being outscored, too many starting pitchers hurt etc…

      They are just a tease… just like the gal down at the bar as she’ll get up and walk out of the bar on you while you’re taking a leak…

      • bigharold - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        “They’re not as close as the games back indicate.”

        Yes, they’re EXACTLY as close as they’re record indicates!

        “They are just a tease… just like the gal down at the bar as she’ll get up and walk out of the bar on you while you’re taking a leak…”

        Don’t let your messed up dating history deter you from realizing that like the Tigers and Mariners the Yankees ARE STILL in contention. Deal with it!!

  13. chip56 - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    The ideal scenario for most Yankee fans would be to tear down the entire front office and start over with a new President of Baseball Operations who would hire a new GM and implement a new development and scouting structure. One that replaces the likes of Billy Eppler, Mark Newman, Damon Oppenheimer, Nardi Contreras and the rest of the team that has contributed to the poor state of the Yankee farm system and many of their misses in the free agent market over the last few years.

    The problem with that is that the owner is not a baseball guy. He knows numbers but not the league and as a result, such a tear-down would be impossible for him to run. The closest he would come to that would be letting Cashman go and appointing current President of Baseball Operations Randy Levine to hire a new GM. In all likelihood that GM would be one of the people listed above (probably Billy Eppler) and Levine would himself assume a more day-to-day hand in player decisions. This would be a bad thing. Levine is a fantastic business guy but Craig would be better at making baseball decisions.

    So, of the possible outcomes…Cashman staying would be the best.

    • Kevin S. - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      In a front-office shakeup, you think keeping Randy Levine over Cashman is the answer? Cashman’s had his hits and misses, but Randy Levine stepping in and meddling has never produced a good result. The Yankees got their monstrosity of a new stadium, Levine has outlived his usefulness.

      • chip56 - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        No. I said in a front office shakeup keeping Levine was the most likely scenario, not the best outcome. That’s why I would avoid a front office shakeup

      • Kevin S. - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        I guess reading comprehension isn’t really my strong suit either. Carry on.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Jeter will be the new man in charge…

      He’ll resign and rubber stamp the moves of Levine and Cashman…

      But my gosh will the new secretaries be hot… talk about making an improvement that will be easy to see…

  14. ctony1216 - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    The Yankees do have some solid home-grown players like Brett Gardner, David Robertson and Dellin Betances, and they have made some smart trades here and there, but the success stories seem to be more and more rare.

    My biggest concern with the Yankees’ inability to draft and develop talent, or put together playoff teams despite an unlimited payroll, is that it’s not just due to bad luck and injuries. It’s that the front office might simply be lousy at judging talent and their system lousy at developing players. If a team can’t judge or develop talent, that’s a real long-term problem no amount of free agent money can fix.

  15. gatorprof - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Bad move….

    Questions:

    How much home grown talent has made the roster in the last 5 years? Impact? Gardy has been nice…then Cervelli? Which ones where traded away that provided impact?

    When was the last time that the Yanks had a home grown starting pitcher make a lasting impact? Joba gone, Ian Kennedy gone, Phil Hughes gone. Dellin and DRob are dealing from the Pen, but the starting pitching development has sucked!

    How can you have a payroll of 189M$ sans a back up first basemen knowing Tex can get hurt sleeping?

    Is there a team with more bad contracts than the Yankees? Here are the 2014 numbers…

    CC Sabathia $24,285,714
    Mark Teixeira 23,125,000
    Masahiro Tanaka 22,000,000
    Jacoby Ellsbury 21,142,857
    Alfonso Soriano 19,000,000
    Brian McCann 17,000,000
    Hiroki Kuroda 16,000,000
    Carlos Beltran 15,000,000

    Absent from this list is Arod, so in reality it is actually worse.

    http://barryap.kinja.com/al-east-baltimore-orioles-nick-markakis-15-350-000-ada-1551894399

    • Kevin S. - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      To answer some of your questions, Austin Jackson has been quite solid, as has Ivan Nova. No, they aren’t producing as many quality players as they should, but the people acting like they haven’t had a prospect hit since Jeter, Andy and Mo are out to lunch.

  16. jrob23 - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    I’ve never seen a guy with more do less…well…maybe Doc Rivers

  17. campcouch - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Are Yankee fans willing to put up with a rebuild? Probably not, they want to at least compete and Cashman does a good job of at least doing that. If he would gut the team starting next year, people would scream for his head, but Steinbrenner nor the legions that follow the team would tolerate such a fall. He can still work the phones and keep a competitive team on the field so he keeps his job.

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