Cashman: “My interest is to stay here”

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The Cubs fired long-time GM Jim Hendry over the weekend, another fresh start in a century of futility filled with them. Owner Tom Ricketts has already announced that he will go outside the organization for his next GM and wants someone that will emphasize player development. Naturally, the situation has already spread to New York, as Yankees GM Brian Cashman was asked about joining the lovable losers when his contract expires after the season.

“I have a job I’m doing,” said Cash to Jack Curry. “Hal will evaluate that at the end of the year. My interest is to stay here. [New York] has been home for quite some time.” Some have speculated (myself included) that Cashman’s recent trend of brutal honesty indicates a readiness to leave the only job he’s known in his adult life, but we have no way of knowing his true intentions. He’s been close to leaving before, but always wound up back on a three-year deal. Cashman’s already the highest paid GM in the game, but if nothing else, this Cubs opening will give him some leverage as he negotiates a new deal with the Steinbrenners after the season.

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  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    “Girardi’s leaving for the Cubs job”, Pt. Deux.

  • Rob H.

    If anything, I’d like to see Cashman attempt to use this to his advantage and force a muzzle on Levine.

    • MikeD

      He made a power play with George, and it turned out to be for the better of the team and, of course, Cashman.

      Hopefully he does the same again and ends Levine’s influence on baseball operations.

      Cashman is still a young man by any measure out of a professional athlete. He is in his peak earning time. My guess is he’s going to want something more than GM eventually, including running other parts of the Yankees that extend into the business side. In other words, he might end up reducing Levine’s influence elsewhere, too.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        Anyone who can shut Levine up is a good guy in my book, especially over Baseball Ops.

        Cashman getting more control was the best thing for the org. No more Mickey Mouse, Tampa people making decisions and talking to George over breakfast.

        There’s been an attempt to actually develop YOUR OWN PLAYERS.

  • JD

    I think that Cashman has really matured. He has made mistakes – see igawa I but he admits them. I love the brutal honesty.

    • Icebird753

      put him in the bullpen

      • Engelbert

        Hahahaha this made me laugh

  • toad

    Who knows, but I think the aggressive statements are not particularly a sign he wants to leave. Could be he wants to stay, but is making it known that he really wants to be in charge, and is willing to take the heat for mistakes.

    I mean, suppose the Soriano signing had worked out great. It could have, certainly. Then he would have looked very bad, but he was willing to take the chance. By asserting himself that way he gains leverage in the future when he turns out to be right.

  • Cuso

    I hope Cash stays.

    But I think we’re losing either Cash or D-Opp this winter.

    • MikeD

      Not necessarily. They could promote D-Opp to Assistant GM, serving under Cashman, learning the GM ropes from Cash, whose main goal in turn is to replace Randy Levine as President of the Yankees. Levine is in his mid-50s, which means he could decide to move on in the next couple years, or stick around for the next twenty years! My guess is the Yankees will have a succession play, as all businesses should and Cashman might be the likely man to replace Levine, if indeed that’s what he’s seeking. While the news will report about his signing a new contract, if it happens, what we won’t hear are the additional discussions about the next step in Cashman’s career at the Yankees. Many have a tendency to think he has the most important job, because it’s the one that impacts baseball operations, but he is probably looking for a wider role, and perhaps one that eventually takes him out of the grind of being GM.

      Levine isn’t too popular here because he will stick his toe in the baseball operation’s waters, but he has been the president of the Yankees for the past decade, first under GMS and now the sons. He wouldn’t be in that position if he wasn’t delivering a lot of value to the team. Fans, myself included, just have no way to rate him. Indications, however, suggest he’s done an excellent job.

      • Cuso

        Cashman isn’t likely to become ‘president’ of the Yankees.

        Levine’s got his job because he has good connections within NYC. He was able to grease wheels with city officials with regard to YS3 back in the early 2000s and they kept him on for those political connects.

        Caahman wouldn’t want anything to do with Levine’s ‘job.’ Cash likes ‘picking the groceries’ too much.

  • jon

    isnt theos contract up this year as well? Imagine if he went to the cubs

    the GM breaking the curse of the red sox and cubs, he would be legendary

    • Professor Plum

      Then Cashman could get hired by the Red Sox and become a genius.

  • Captain Beatty

    I think he needs to admit his mistake with AJ Burnett. Normally he wouldn’t have to admit his mistake but when you lash out at the fans and media and tell us to smoke the objective pipe I think you owe us an apology. He said to Michael Kay today, “AJ’s having his typical terrible August.” No Cashman, he’s having his typical terrible season. Handle this situation better or begone.

    • Mister D

      In fairness, his objective pipe comment was made before his last two terrible starts, and I think the comments were aimed at the most hysterical critics.

      • MikeD

        In fairness, part 2, he doesn’t have to admit anything.

        Some moves work out for a short time, some for a long time, some never at all. It’s the job of a GM to balance the moves into a mixture that’s a winning team.

        • Bobby two knives

          I think he did “admit” – sort of – to the Burnett situation, by telling the media that if there’s a problem with the amount of burnett’s contract, blame me, not AJ. Cashman’s doing a good job, IMHO. I hope he stays. What the team doesn’t need next year is a new direction. things look great for the future, albeit with the realities of Jeter, ARod aging.

    • steve (different one)

      Handle this situation better or begone.

      You say this as if Cashman reports to anyone other than the Steinbrenners. He doesn’t work for the fans, he doesn’t “owe you an apology”. Such a wierd concept.

      • Tyrone Sharpton

        Well the fans are the ones who ultimately provide Cashman and Levine and the rich white Yankees with money.

        • steve (different one)

          right, and people are going to stop going to games and buying merchandise b/c the GM didn’t “apologize” for AJ Burnett.

    • Professor Plum

      On behalf of the Yankees, I’m sorry. You are now up one apology. I hope this works out for you.

  • Januz

    Here is something to think about. Cashman has been GM for 4 World Series Championship Teams (He was assistant GM under Bob Watson in 1996). If he would be GM under one more Championship Team, he may have a ticket to the Builders Wing of Cooperstown (Warts like Igawa and all), something I bet is on his mind. And the Yankees certainly have a better chance than the Cubs.

  • kenthadley

    Cashmans assertive statements are more a result of his power in the organization than his frustration in dealing with any of the Steinbros. He can speak his mind, since Hal isn’t the intimidating force that George was, either from personality of an age standpoint. These guys practically grew up together and although it is clear that Hal has the final authority, they basically function eye to eye. He’s not going anywhere.

    • MikeD

      Agreed. His comments did not come out of anger. He even said they were cleared with the Steinbrenners before he made them. His comments suggest a man who is comfortable in his situation and not afraid to speak him mind.

      Doesn’t mean he won’t leave, but it’s unlikely.

  • nathan

    I donno, its time for both the Yanks and Cash to move on to different opportunities.

    • steve (different one)

      Yes, it’s definitely time. The big league teams stinks, the farm system is in shambles, the team is losing money, the brand is in tatters.

      Wait, none of those things are true? Huh. But he still mouths off to the press!

      • radnom

        Hmmm, a polite opinion I don’t agree with – can’t have that! I’d better make up a bunch of random hysterics, so OP looks like a lunatic.


        • bexarama

          To be fair, that’s an opinion the OP didn’t really back up much at all.

          • radnom

            How is that being fair? If someone doesn’t give reasoning, its ok to make something up and mock them for it? No one would have jumped down his throat had he said “I hope Cashman stays” and not backed it up.

            • steve (different one)

              I did not read it as a “polite” opinion the first time through, as it said “it’s time for Cashman to move on”. Re-reading it, I can see how the “I donno” was meant to qualify the statement as an opinion. My bad.

              I apologize, the sarcasm was a little over-the-top.

  • A-ROD fan

    Please send girardi to the cubs

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cash did a good job signing Montero who is 3-4 with 6 rbi, 2 bombs and a double.

  • Custer Olney

    Heard this: Cashman has hired Scott Boras as his agent to represent him in the upcoming contract negotiations. Sources from deep within the organization(‘s Mohegan Sun Restaurant) tell me he is looking for a Burnett-type deal.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      I heard Jayson Werth type of money….

  • yoo-boo

    Feel free to take tougher task in Chicago. The ownership and Levine made few moves behind Cashman. Time to divorce.

  • wilcymoore27

    I’m a Cashman fan. I hope he stays … and Levine goes.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Cash isn’t going anywhere unless he wants to leave town.

    1) Yanks will pay him better than anyone.

    2) Cash and Hal have no public issues. No George-like proclamations comes out from Hal, and Hank just talks jibberish.

    3) The team wins 95+ games yearly, the farm system is highly regarded, the old guys aren’t the core of the team as much as they used to be (outside of Rivera). There is a great mix of young and old guys, and they seem to have much better chemistry than the mid 2000’s.

    4) I don’t think his ego will lead him to leave, just to prove “people” wrong. Phil Jackson might get dissed for winning with megastars, but he’s got more rings than anyone else. I’d rather be Phil than Mike Lupica.