Yankees GM Brian Cashman Likely Back in 2012

The Yankees general manager Brian Cashman‘s contract is going to run out at the end of this season and regardless of your opinion of his tenure it appears that he will be back next season.

Cashman seems to have quite a few other options if he wanted to leave the Bronx and become a GM somewhere else, like with the Cubs, but he seems to like it here and the Yankees like having him, according to an ESPN New York report.

“Clearly, we want him back,” Yankees president Randy Levine told ESPNNewYork.com.

“We have a great relationship,” Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Monday. “I work for a great owner, but we really haven’t talked about the future. Now, is not the time to talk about that, to be quite honest. That’s all for another day. They know that I would like to come back and we have a good working relationship, but we’ll deal with that stuff on another day.”

Cashman has been the team’s GM since 1998 although he didn’t really get full control of the team’s decisions until 2006 after then owner George Steinbrenner lost a bit of his pep. Since that time he has rebuilt a barren farm system, successfully replaced an iconic manager, and won the 2009 World Series.

Cashman has certainly had some rather large blunders, especially when it comes to building a pitching staff, but the positives clearly outweigh the negatives and the team loves him. It’s his job to come back to if he wants it.

There have been times when he was overruled on a baseball decision that has led some to speculate, including myself at times, that he would consider leaving after the season. However, it seems like Cashman truly loves his job. He’s been with the organization since a very young age and it hard to see him walking at this point.

In the ESPN article he outlined the pros and cons of being the Yankees GM. Among the pros is the fan base, facilities, and a full financial commitment from the owners. The cons included the stress levels, expectations, and pressure.

Cash is in the final year of a three-year $6 million deal. It seems like he would probably get at least that much for a return, but a raise is certainly not out of the question.

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