Hank speaks out in support of Cash-money

2008 Draft Preview: Left-handed Pitchers
Hughes: I blog for the fans

While the media has reported that Brian Cashman may be judged by his bosses based on the outcome of the Johan Santana trade, publicly, Hank is singing a different tune. Kat O’Brien, the official beat writer of Hank Steinbrenner, caught up with Hank, and he spoke positively of Cashman. “We’ll talk about it during the season. It will just happen when it happens naturally,” he said. “I think you guys are trying to create controversy here where it doesn’t exist.” All that talk of Cashman’s demise was grossly exaggerated. Expect him back in the Bronx for a long time.

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2008 Draft Preview: Left-handed Pitchers
Hughes: I blog for the fans
  • Lanny

    The people at Was Watching just threw up and had their season ruined.

    LOL.

  • Rich

    Hank is finally coming to terms with the fact that he lacks unilateral power, and that Hal and Cash have formed an alliance.

  • B

    Expect him to stay if he wants to stay.

    We know the Yankees approached him earlier this offseason about a new deal and he wasn’t up for discussing it then. He doesn’t sound exactly like a sure thing in his comment today either.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Asked if he feels pressure to have a good year, Cashman told The Star-Ledger, “I think I would have traded for Johan (Santana) if that was the case. If I was only thinking about myself. I’m not thinking about myself. I’m thinking about this entire operation and what’s best for it as we move forward.”

      That’s the money quote. Cash could have done the same thing a few years ago (Hughes + others for Kotsay), but he didn’t. You can criticize his bullpen building, or give all the credit to Damon Oppenheimer for the Yanks’ recent success in the draft, but you can’t question Cashman’s loyalty. It’s refreshing to see an executive that committed.

    • J.R.

      To me it sounds like Cashman has more pressing issues right now than negotiating his own extension. Waiting until mid-season might be the best time to talk about it with Hank/Hal.

  • Bo

    Unlike say Omar Minaya who gutted the system in now two organizations trying to keep his job.

    How would the Nationals look today with Sizemore, Phillips, and Lee?