Yesterday, we graded Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who helped the team weather the storm and led them to 84 wins. Today, in our final “Report Card” series, we grade Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who sold at the trade deadline, but at the same time may have made the Yankees a better team.
When a deal works out for the Yankees, fans tend to usually cheer for Brian Cashman. When a deal doesn’t work out, then Cashman becomes the subject of scrutiny. However, it’s hard to scrutinize Cashman when he actually stocked talent where it truly matters; in the minor league system.
Cashman went back and forth on whether the Yankees were going to be sellers at the trade deadline. After a terrible series against the last place Tampa Bay Rays, Cashman made his decision; he was going to sell. Gone was Carlos Beltran, Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. However, Cashman replenished the farm system by acquiring Gleyber Torres, Ben Heller, Justus Sheffield and Clint Frazier. Cashman anticipates Torres and Frazier will make an impact at the Major League level by 2018 while Heller could contribute next season.
He also decided to give plenty of the current kids a chance at the Major League level, which surely paid off: Gary Sanchez opened eyes around the league, while people witnessed the power Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge had. Despite the Yankees failing to make the postseason, Brian Cashman actually made people look forward to the future. Especially since the team could be full of young kids by 2019.
The Verdict: Brian Cashman may have made mistakes while in the front office, but it doesn’t take away the amazing job he and Girardi have done in 2016. The Yankees may have walked away empty handed but they have one of the best minor league systems in baseball. Even with the fire sale, the Yankees were suddenly one of the teams to beat. And he hopes for that trend to continue in 2017.
So what would be Brian Cashman’s final grade?
FINAL GRADE: A