[Brian Cashman's] contract is set to expire at the end of this season, and many of Cashman’s professional colleagues are starting to believe this will be his last with the team.
“I think maybe he’s finally had it,” said one GM. “That’s a job that will take a lot out of you.”
Cashman said on Friday night that he’s not thinking about his future with the Yankees, and that in keeping with his own approach to contract situations with the likes of Joe Girardi and Mariano Rivera last year, he will not talk about his own future with his bosses until after the Yankees finish play this year. “I have no idea,” Cashman said. “I’m not looking to leave. I’m not looking to go anywhere. I firmly believe this will be the best job I’ll ever have.
“We’ll have conversations at the right time.”
As Olney points out in the article, this is not the first time that it has looked like he was set to leave the Bronx. Heck, it’s not even the second time that’s happened. So I’ll believe it when I see it.
Two important things though, the Yankees front office seems to have no issues with Cashman at all and have given no indication whatsoever that they would look to replace him. Yes, there are some fans not happy with the job he’s done, but the Steinbrenners aren’t among them.
The other thing to note is that Cashman’s demeanor has changed quite a bit over the past few years, even few months. He once handled situations delicately, trying desperately not to let an issue get out of hand. Now he is extremely blunt to the point where he came out and completely contradicted ownership and openly fought with Derek Jeter through the media.
It’s hard to say what that means, but it could be a sign of a guy who is tired of his job and doesn’t care anymore. Or it could simply be that he doesn’t have to walk on eggshells with George Steinbrenner out of the picture.
But like I said, he’s been in this position before. Ownership likes him and they’ll likely try to bring him back. Perhaps this is just his way of gaining leverage in contract negotiations.