Olney: Rivals GM’s Could See Cashman Leaving Soon

Via Buster Olney of ESPN (insider required):

[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.

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5 Responses to Olney: Rivals GM’s Could See Cashman Leaving Soon

  1. Dave Gross says:

    I do not see him leaving. He is working for a team that has a chance to win the world series every year. He is given a big budget to work with and now has little interference from the owners. I think he is one of the best GMs but it is not the end of the world if he leaves. I for one would love to be the GM for the Yankees. It would be a dream job. The best team in professional sports. I will send the Yankees my resume right now.

  2. A. Marsil says:

    Cashman is okay ( a middle of the packer) but with the Yankee payroll it is easy to look good. This year he has gotten lucky. Just remember with a payroll of 210 million plus the Yankees had two bona fide starters on staff at the beginning of the season. There was no contingent plan if they did not land Lee. If I were the boss I would question that judgement. Moreover, Jones in left was trying to catch lighting in a bottlle and having Posada as a DH is a nice jesture but not good business.

  3. Joe says:

    Why in the world would a GM want to leave the NY Yankee's ? I mean that would be like trading Boardwalk and Park Place for Baltic Avenue.

  4. David K. says:

    My take on it is that with Big Boss George gone, Cashman feels free to blow his trumpet now. He's not leaving, unless the new bosses get rid of him, which they don't look like they will do.

  5. hardnose says:

    you gotta wonder what the fallout was if any regarding the signing of Rafael Soriano…it sends a message when your GM is usurped…George could get away with it but his son was just being foolish and looking to salvage a poor showing on the free agent market…i guess rich kids get anything they want…