Sep
16

Poll: Brian Cashman’s job security

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The Yankees have won six of their last ten games, but that is barely a footnote in the second half slide that has brought they back to the pack in the AL East. Their ten-game lead has vanished, and when leads that size are blown around here, people tend to lose their jobs. Yesterday we examined Joe Girardi‘s job security, so it’s only natural that today we look at his boss, Brian Cashman.

It hasn’t been a good year for Cashman in terms of his roster moves and decisions, not at all. Last season he hit on nearly everyone, but his only significant success story this year is Hiroki Kuroda, who has been better than anyone could have reasonably expected. The Michael Pineda trade is already looking like a disaster, Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez have cratered in the second half, Jose Quintana is thriving for the White Sox, Justin Maxwell and George Kontos are performing well for the Astros and Giants, and there were no significant moves made at the deadline to shore things up. Here is a recap of the team’s moves over the last twelve months for reference.

Cashman’s off-the-field issues are worth mentioning, as his very public divorce and stalker trial haven’t exactly brought positive attention to him and the Yankees. That said, Cashman is the third longest-tenured GM in baseball and it wasn’t until this past offseason that something resembling a line of succession was established in the front office. He is under contract through 2014 and reportedly is very tight with Hal Steinbrenner, which could save his job if the Yankees wind up missing the postseason. Whether it should is another matter entirely.

What happens to Cashman if the Yankees miss the postseason?
Total Votes: 2160 Started: September 16, 2012 Back to Vote Screen
Categories : Front Office, Polls
  • JB

    The reality is there isn’t a shitload of talent out there to trade or buy

    • JohnnyC

      There isn’t a shitload of talent past High A in the Yankees’ system. Cashman has had “total control” of the organization since 2005. 7 years is a decent amount of time to develop at least a couple of “core” players. To paraphrase Edward Teller, “Where are they?”

      • Bavarian Yankee

        Gardner, Hughes, Nova, Robertson, Joba, (Jackson, Montero) etc.? You can’t expect to get somebody like Mike Trout every other year, especially if you never get a top 10 pick.

        • JohnnyC

          Of the players you mentionned only Joba and Montero were signed after Cashman gained “total control” of the organization in November 2005. And, yes, Mike Trouts don’t grow on trees but, in 2007, Matt Moore was selected in the 8th round after 7 players were selected by the Yankees. Of those 7, only Austin Romine is still considered a prospect. Most famously, Andrew Brackman, the first rounder, was a complete bust.

          • Kosmo

            Yanks could have selected Skaggs over Heathcott but elected not to ?

          • Bavarian Yankee

            “Of the players you mentionned only Joba and Montero were signed after Cashman gained “total control” of the organization in November 2005.”

            oh sorry. Didn’t know that Cashman only “develops” (what he doesn’t do anyway because it isn’t his job) players that were signed during his regime.

            btw: Tampa had 7 picks before they picked Moore. 1 of them was David Price (1st overall) and the rest of them are no-names. What does that tell you? Right, the draft is pretty much a crapshoot after the 1st 10 picks.

        • Dave Yanks

          Kris Medlen, Tommy Henson, Craig Kimbrel, Brandon Beachy, Johnny Venters, Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward. Care to tell me how many of these guys were top 10? How many of them did Cashman miss on? Looks like better than the few you listed, doesn’t it?

          • Bavarian Yankee

            first of all Cashman doesn’t miss them, he’s not scouting anyone. You have to blame Oppenheimer and his guys if you wanna do so. Second, you can send that list to any team and say “look, you suck at drafting”.

            • jjyank

              RIght. The draft has an awful big “crap shoot” component to it. Someone below mentioned that the Yankees didn’t draft someone like Matt Moore. Moore was an 8th rounder. The means every single team passed on him for 7+ rounds, the Rays included.

              Development is another ball game, but Cashman isn’t the one teaching guys how to pitch.

      • TomH

        I didn’t get the allusion to Teller. What was it he said?

      • DC

        I guess it’s pretty easy to draft in hindsight or with a time machine.

  • Laz

    I really don’t think you can blame cash that much. Kontos’ Fip/xfip aren’t very/haven’t been very good since 2009 at AA. The Hype over maxwell is a bit much. Andruw had a very good hitting season last year, there really wasn’t any way that maxwell would have moved him, and anyways, maxwell isn’t a good hitter at all, the only reason people talk about it is because gardner got injured.

    Honestly I still think Pineda trade made sense, and still might be a good move. We have been hurting for young pitching for awhile, and Montero really is not a good catcher. If he was a good catcher that move would have never happened. If they can’t trust him behind the plate they really had no room for him.

    • Laz

      You got to look at moves as they looked in past, there is so many moves that could be done differently for every team.

    • Laz

      There are definetely better gm’s out there. But there is more gm’s that are worse. Unless they can snag one of those you might as well keep cash.

    • JohnnyC

      They’ve won 5 championships with a sub-par fielding shortstop and catcher. Both Jeter and Posada were Silver Slugger level at their positions however and the Yankees “managed” to wildly succeed despite their iron gloves. Is Montero worse than Posada or, say, Mike Napoli? I find it hard to believe that. And, yes, Cashman made the trade because he rightly observed that young elite pitching was not coming anytime soon from the system. Who has overseen the development of that missing young pitching? Bingo.

    • Joe

      Thing is Montero needed us and we needed him. I wrote this in one of my posts for the top DH under 25. It was Montero by default.

      “Designated Hitter – Jesus Montero

      Montero is really the DH by default. It’s like when a kid is running for class treasurer, and no one else really runs against him. Montero has struggled a bit since he was traded from the hitters park in Yankee Stadium to the wide open field in Safeco. Montero was much more productive in his 18 games with the Yankees last year than he’s ever been with the Mariners now. Through his first 18 MLB games, Montero posted a .6 WAR. Through 79 games with the Mariners, Montero posted a .1 WAR. The Yankees are doing fine without Montero, but it seems like Montero needs the Yankees. Or just a smaller ball park.”

      • Dave Yanks

        What a ridiculous comment. Go ahead and cover up Cashman’s mistake by saying that Montero isn’t doing well, as if that’s the point. Typically, Cashman lovers miss the real point. He had Montero dangling in front of multiple GMs, and what did he get in return? An out of shape, damaged goods, DUI getting slob.

        • Evan3457

          Again. There’s no evidence Pineda was “damaged” before being traded. None.

          • DERP

            Agreed. I also think it is unfair to blame Cashman for the fact that Pineda got a DUI.

            • jjyank

              Of course. Nobody has a crystal ball. The trade hasn’t looked good so far, but Dave Yanks up there is hating on it for the wrong reasons. Cashman didn’t hurt Pineda’s shoulder and Cashman wasn’t pumping him full of drinks before handing him his car keys.

        • Joe

          I’m not siding with Cash here…

          I actually agree that if we had kept Montero he would have done much better with us than any other team.

          I wish we got a better pitcher in return. See my Gio Gonzalez comment below. I’m on your side here Dave. I just also think Cash shouldn’t be fired, yet.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

    Looking at what Cashman has done over the last year or 2 is somewhat myopic. I think you have to look at the overall state of the franchise. That being said, I think Cashman has been pretty average at best for years but has gotten by because he inherited a tremendous core that brought the team great success and he also could buy his way out of almost any problem. 

    Now with the farm system , which he vowed to prioritize,  pretty much barren in AA and AAA and the payroll set to be $189 for ’14 and ’15,  the Yankees don’t have much recourse to improve an aging overpaid underperforming roster. He’s had more resources than any other GM in baseball yet the Yankees seem to be plunging into a transitional period until the next group of core players hopefully arrive.

    I think he’s pretty much the Teflon GM and won’t be fired but I’d welcome a young GM with a fresh approach.

    • TomH

      What has “young” got to do with it? “Good” is what matters. In fact, Cashman’s own relative youth during his tenure might itself be a problem. Experience and quality. Quality and Experience. If they drop Cashman, these have to be the criteria for a replacement. The Yankees are not a nursery school for on-the-job-trainees.

      • deadrody

        I think he’s looking for “non-retread” when he says young and I completely agree.

        I’m not adamant that Cashman should go, or that he has failed, but he really hasn’t distinguished himself and he has had plenty of time to do so. So, yeah, I would support a change at GM.

    • OldYanksFan

      If you look at the average placement of teams over the last 16 years, the Yanks by far have been entitled to the worst picks in baseball. Furthermore, we lost a LOT of picks signing high-end FAs.

      And yet we have a top 1/3rd, if not top 1/4 farm.
      To me, that is pretty damn good.

      Some of this criticism here is ridiculous.
      I mean, most people here must be absolute failures in life bacause look at all the Preseidents, Brain Surgeons, Astronauts and Nuclear Physicists you didn’t become.

  • kenthadley

    When you look at the entire body of work, Cashman has been average as a GM, certainly not standing out over many others, but not worse than the middle of the road GM. However, since the NYY mantra is championship or bust, he certainly hasn’t been doing wonders with the resources he’s been given. I’m sure there are ten other GM’s who could have done the same or better over the years, considering the resources. And bringing the minor league system to “respectability” is what every GM is paid to do. Again, not outstanding in any way. And some of his moves have been real bad…Quintana is the most recent, but others have been chronicled here. Bottom line, if he was to go, it wouldn’t be that difficult to replace him.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    I’ve always liked most of Cashman’s moves and I think he’s a great GM, so I hope he’ll do this job for some more years. I’d also support the Pineda trade again. The only thing that angers me is that I think they should’ve done 1-2 more moves at the trade deadline to bolster the pen and rotation.

    btw: I wouldn’t blame Cashman for letting Quintana, Kontos and Maxwell go, all of them are below average players.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

      I can understand someone taking the position that Cashman shouldn’t be fired but to call hm a “great” GM is pretty much ludicrous.

    • Kosmo

      Quintana is at 2.8 War in 19 starts that´s hardly to be called a below average player.

      • Bavarian Yankee

        I guess you haven’t seen any of his starts lately? During his last 10 starts he has an ERA of nearly 5 and his K/BB is a crappy 1.6. Of those 10 starts 3 were against MIN, 3 against KC and 1 against SEA.
        Every now and then he has that terrific start but who hasn’t? Phelps > Quintana, and it’s not even that close.

        • JohnnyC

          When you quote stats, please make sure they’re correct. Quintana’s not a Cy Young candidate but let’s not make shit up, o.k.? During his last 10 starts, his ERA is 4.48 (3.51 if you take out his 1 bad start against Minnesota). He gave up 3 or fewer runs 6 times in those 10 starts and he pitched into and past the 7th inning 7 times. Name 4 Yankees starters whose last 10 starts have been better.

          • Bavarian Yankee

            lol, where are my stats wrong?

            • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

              4.48 is not an ERA of “nearly 5″ it’s closer to 4.

              • Bavarian Yankee

                sry, had the numbers of the last 10 games before the latest game. Nearly 5 was even an understatement then, because his ERA for that span was at 5.31 (his K/BB at 1.4, had that one wrong too).

                My brain can’t update as fast as the internet, didn’t bother to actually look it up because I checked it a few days ago.

                plus, you don’t know where my cutoff for “nearly 5″ actually is. It’s at 3.6652 ;)

  • Joe

    People on some Yankees sites I read are ready to fire Cashman. I believe Pinstriped Bible has blamed him for this Yankees roster and said if anyone deserves to be canned it’s Cash, not Girardi.

    Cash is a top GM in the game. He provided us with excellent bench depth, but when your lineup has been struggling with injuries you have no choice but to play Ibanez, Jones, and Chavez almost everyday. That’s not how he planned it, but some believe it’s his fault for the myriad of injuries. It’s just not Cash’s fault.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

      Cashman should be fired not for one season during which the Yankees had an overwhelming number of injuries but for the overall poor shape of the organization which is on the verge of becoming a fringe playoff contender until 2015 or 2016 when the next group of core prospects (hopefully) reach NY.

      Take a look at Keith Law’s article on ESPN. The Yankees aren’t in good shape moving forward and thats all on Cashman and no one else.

      • Joe

        I’ll read Law’s article in a sec.

        I just disagree. Our outfield in the farm looks amazing.

        Heathcott, Williams, and Austin. One of them has to pan out given the hype of their play.

        Prospects are hit or miss, but over the years there’s been some really big hits.

        • JohnnyC

          Heathcott, Williams, and Austin are at least 2 years away. That’s Law’s point.

          • Bo Knows

            Two of those guys are probably going to be in AA to start 2013, that puts ETA at 2014 at the earliest if they keep doing what they have.

            Also its not like other teams don’t have scarcity at various levels. It will happen, and most teams (Rays might be the one exception) don’t have continuous pipelines of elite prospects to fill holes every year. The Yankees have been able to avoid that problem for close to two decades. It might get ugly or it might not in the short term, but the Yankees are set up for a long term massive reload and more success.

        • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

          Those reinforcements aren’t arriving until 2015 or 2016.

          Next year, the Yankees very well may lose Kuroda, Soriano, Pettitte and Swisher plus Jeter, Arod, CC and Teix will be a year older and there’s not much to replace them with internally or externally.

          I hope I’m wrong but I see the Yankees getting worse before it gets better.

          • JohnnyC

            Moves can be made to improve the team before those reinforcements arrive but our GM will have to be creative. And Cashman standing pat at the deadline is a bad harbinger of how he intends to proceed going forward considering the 189 number has been fully publicized. That’s a ready-made rationale for doing nothing. If I were Girardi, I’d be pretty nervous.

            • DC

              Who was he supposed to get at the trade deadline?

        • TomH


          One of them has to pan out given the hype of their play.

          Wasn’t this the assumption concerning all the Yankees’ Minor League pitching talent?

          • JAG

            And Hughes certainly did pan out. Joba has also contributed at the MLB level, and Kennedy brought in Granderson, who despite falling into some serious slumps has been very valuable. What’s your point?

  • David K.

    Cashman has done a TERRIBLE job ever since buying a WS victory in 2009. He has managed the call-ups terribly. Every time someone gets hurt, the player is not DL’d, instead, he languishes on the bench and we go with 24 or 23 man rosters for almost weeks. Someone has to come up from the minors in those situations. Oh yeah, the only problem is we have no outfielders or infielders who can help out in crunch time. Bec Cashman believes all you need to win are pitchers and catchers. How about trading some of our chips in the pitcher/catcher department and getting some much needed help in the infield/outfield? and his Jesus Montero trade was a bona fide disaster and I predicted that right from the start. Even if Montero is a terrible catcher (and I don’t believe that/I think he can be a decent catcher), we had plenty of room for him to get playing time. A-Rod, Teixeira, etc. are all walking injury time bombs. We needed a strong right hand hitter to be DH for 100 games or so. I don’t see why we needed to make that trade so quickly. Cashman keeps bringing in all these .230 hitters from all over baseball. We need to get younger and go with high average hitters who are versatile and make things happen. Not just wait for the home run.

    • Joe

      I question Montero being dealt in the sense of who he was dealt for. We traded him for a rookie pitcher who turned out to have arm troubles. We didn’t know and I feel the M’s knew something was up.

      Now that hindsight is in my favor, the perfect pitcher for the Yankees to trade for was Gio Gonzalez. He proved he can pitch well in the AL, albeit a strong pitchers park. Now I have him penciled in as the NL Cy Young winner.

      Montero would likely struggle a bit hitting in a pitchers park. Meaning that we’d likely get the better end of the deal.

      Call me captain hindsight, but it just seems like the best plan out of the rumors I heard last season/off-season.

      • jjyank

        Eh, regarding Gio…like you said, looks good in hindsight. But I would have been nervous trading for a guy who had a walk problem (at the time) and sticking him in a hitter’s park in the AL East.

        • JohnnyC

          Beats trading for a guy with conditioning issues who had to have his workload cut down to avoid injury in the last month of the season.

          • jjyank

            A 23 year old rookie who had to have his innings cut down is a knock against him? I guess you’re not a fan of Strasburg then?

            Did he even have “conditioning issues” until after the trade? From what I read, the Mariners told him to not do anything in the offseason. He had just pitched the most stressful season of his life, and they didn’t want to push it. I recall reading that the plan was for him to show up to the M’s spring training early to make up for it. And then the trade happened. So I disagree with you.

          • DC

            Things must be perfect in JohnnyC world since you obviously have the power to see everything in hindsight.

        • Joe

          I like him better than Pineda though. Pineda pitched in a pitchers park in Safeco.

          • jjyank

            Fair enough. Though Gio was in quite the pitcher’s park as well.

            I wouldn’t have been against Gio per se, but he had his own concerns as well.

  • Murderers’ Row Boat

    Ah, the yearly “Should we throw the Cashman out?” article. It’s latter half of the two bookend Yankee articles every that I have come to watch for, the other being the May 1st “Is Rivera Washed Up?”.

    Cashman has point good people in the places where they need to be, he listens to their opinions, and for the most part the moves work.

  • DERP

    If Cashman is let go, does Eppler get the job? It seems odd that they would hire one of his proteges, but similar things happened in Toronto and Boston.

    • JohnnyC

      Eppler? Isn’t it Eppler whose opinions Cashman listens to on major league transactions? No thanks.

      • DERP

        I have no idea exactly what Eppler does and neither do you. The point was that if they fire Cashman, would they hire one of his guys to replace him (assuming that Eppler is being groomed to succeed Cashman when he retires as many here have speculated). My question has nothing to do with how good we think Eppler is at his job.

        • JohnnyC

          I’m sure you have absolutely no idea what Eppler does but your point about Boston hiring the previous GM’s “protege” is wrong. Ben Cherington was hired by Dan Duquette in 1999. Theo was brought in by Lucchino from San Diego in 2002.

          • DERP

            What you said is correct. What I meant and didn’t really say clearly was that Boston turned to Epstein’s second in command for their GM position. Similar to how Toronto turned to one of Ricciardi’s top guys after firing Ricciardi. (AA was hired by the organization during Ricciardi’s tenure).

        • Joe

          Wouldn’t you want a completely different GM style? If you’re not happy with Cash, why get a clone?

  • EDDARD

    He shouldn’t be fired and he won’t be. If the Yankees tank it’ll be the hitting/pitching coaches that go first, then Girardi, then Cashman. I think Cashman is pretty safe considering he didn’t make some of the signings that have saddled us with enormous contracts for declining players. He’ll get another go around, Girardi I’m not so sure.

    • JohnnyC

      Are the “enormous contracts” the reason there is no major-league ready talent at the AAA and AA level? And, frankly, the enormous contracts were the reason the Yankees have their only championship in the last decade: ARod, Teixiera, CC, Burnett to name a few.

      • xnyles

        After all this complaining the Yankees are still in first place. Be grateful as fans that this organization is spending money. Go be a Indians or Pirates or Brewers or Padre fan. Only one championship in the last decade. Boo hoo. Im glad the Yankees put a watchable product on the field.

        • JohnnyC

          Yeah, we’re all just ingrates. Thanks for dropping some wisdom on us.

          • gc

            Honestly, some fans ARE. And in reading some of the comments here, I find it difficult to change my assessment of those fans. There’s legit discussions and debates to be had about moves made or not made, and the results of any GM’s process for any team. And then there’s people totally talking out of their ass about things they couldn’t possibly know about which have nothing to with anything other than their personal disdain for the man himself. Yeah, I’ll say it. They’re INGRATES.

          • Fester(s)

            Nicely said, JohnnyC. Made me laugh. Yankees fans on this forum are engaged, informed, opinionated. Lots of good points, with excellent arguments. I predict playoffs, out in first round (no RISP, lots of K’s, disappointing CC) no one is fired, team up for sale 2014. Now….beat the s**t out of me!!!

        • kenthadley

          The Yankee owners need to be grateful…if they weren’t in first place, they wouldn’t generate the kind of money they make on YES and at the stadium for those $9.50 beers. If we had teams like the Mets, the Yankee income would be half what it is today.

  • jjyank

    I’m actually surprised at the poll results. I like Cashman. I think he’s a good GM. Not great, but the Yankees could do much worse. Unless the Yankees can steal Friedman from the Rays or something, I think the Yanks need to stick with Cash.

    With a few minor exceptions, I believe there has been sound logic behind just about all the moves he’s made. I don’t believe in judging moves in hindsight.

    • JohnnyC

      You don’t believe in judging moves in hindsight? You must have a splendid employer.

      • jjyank

        Don’t be an ass, we’re talking about baseball. I judge moves based on the information at hand at the time. There’s this thing about baseball, crazy stuff happens. It’s almost like….it can be difficult to predict. Right Suzyn?

        My point is that too often players come out of nowhere, good players fall off a cliff or plateau. All a GM can do is make the best move for his team with what he knows at the time. He doesn’t have a crystal ball, so I won’t use one to judge him.

        • deadrody

          Doesn’t that kind of imply there is no information available to Cashman and his staff that we don’t have ? To some extent you HAVE to make judgements after the fact because the Yankees front office and Brian Cashman DO have information we do not.

          The fact is Cashman has assembled a very expensive, aging roster with little young talent available in the near term to supplement the aging contracts. That fact does not scream “Great GM” to me.

  • Thomas

    I am surprised that Cash doesn’t get any credit for some of the bench players he has been able to get. This year with all the injuries, tex, cc, Arod, Gardner, nova, mo, and andy, this team is still in first place. The bench was able to step in and keep the team at least in first. He did put the bench together, didn’t he?

    • deadrody

      Well, to be fair, the biggest replacement among that group is Soriano who virtually everyone was against signing for that contract at the time. Just because Mo happens to go down with and ACL tear doesn’t really make the deal a good one. That was pretty much 100% luck. And considering the changes to the CBA since then, that kind of signing will not be happening again anytime soon.

  • Igawa’s Sunglasses

    Writing about Cashman’s failures is easy. The same can be done of any GM, especially one who has been around 13 years. He’s made good moves too, like getting Swisher and Abreau for nothing. Guys going to other teams and succeeding in pen happens to everyone. We’ve had our share of those types every year. That said, two moves that were unforgiveable are the Montero trade and the trade for Javy Vasquez. Both just brutally bad.

    • xnyles

      Agree on the Javy trade. The Montero trade is still too early. Plus having Gary Sanchez made it a little easier to deal with.

    • OldYanksFan

      Where do you play Montero in 2014 – 2017, when ARod is the full-time DH?

  • jesse

    Voted for “he shouldn’t be fired and he won’t be”. Obviously it’s been a rough year for him in and out of the office, but everyone has bad years. He’s still a pretty good GM and I’m sure he’s got some great moves to improve the team up his sleeve.

  • TomH

    I voted for the won’t-be-shouldn’t-be option. The injuries were so brutal that they muddy the waters too much to justify firing him, this year.

    However, and to quote the late Boss, if I were in charge, Cashman would be “on a big hook,” for reasons others have noticed: he’s had enough time now to put his stamp on the minor league system and yet it seems to have stagnated at the top; he’s made some dubious trades; he failed to make a quality trading-deadline improvement this year, etc.

    Next year I expect Baltimore and TB to be as tough as this year, and if the injury curse is lifted from them, Toronto may well enter the mix. These will all be teams that cause the Yankees to be “contrast losers” when it comes to age. In short: Cashman must make inroads on the geriatric problem. (Although it is far-fetched to think so, were, for example, either Jones or Ibanez to return–God help us if it were both–that in itself might be evidence of Cashman decline sufficient to justify a pink slip on the spot.)

    If he and Hal are as “tight” as people keep saying, he had better talk his buddy out of this “austerity” business.

  • Pat D

    LEAVE CASH ALONE!!! LEAVE HIM ALONE!!!!!! YOU BASTARDS!!!

    • hornblower

      Another silly poll. None of us have any idea how to build an organization. They have been in the tournament almost every year. They rarely get good draft choices and money is used to pay players who have had past success. We expect to win every year and leave no time for players to get experience. Heck how many bloggers wanted to fire Phil Hughes? Enjoy the games. Cash gives a good product every year. Some young outfielder are on the way. Watch how many want to sign Swisher and block their way. Leave the organizing to the professionals. Good Post PD.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    I wonder how the Yankees’ next two years would look if Pineda, Banuelos, and Gardner weren’t injured this past year. That’s three of the Yankees’ younger players who are pretty crucial for the near-future of the franchise, and they’ve all missed the season.

    And when you think about it, the Yankees lost their No. 2 starter for the year (Pineda), one of the top LF in baseball according to FWAR for the year (Gardner), the top closer in baseball (Rivera) for the year…THEN, on top of that, lost their “replacement” No. 2 starter for most of the year (Pettitte), lost their starting 3rd baseman for a month (Rodriguez), lost their starting 1st baseman for a month (Teixeira)…

    That’s a lot of injuries to overcome. The only reason the Yankees have is because Cashman assembled a great deal of depth on this Yankees roster. Of course it looks like the Yankees don’t have any depth; they’ve used it all!

    • deadrody

      And with their injuries, who is to say that either Pineda or Banuelos ever amount to a thing for the Yankees ?

      TINSSAAPP and both of them still qualify in my book.

  • http://StinkRaul.net Level Headed Fan

    I don’t think Cashman is bad, don’t think he’s great-he’s like every other GM and makes decisions based on what he is advised about and what he sees within the farm system and based on needs of big club. Only thing I didn’t care for this year was knowing his team was older, why he invested in so many aging utility/role players. There wasn’t any need for Ibanez/Jones when your roster was already 1 dimensional and older, but to defend him–he never imagined them having to play as much as they have.

    Biggest problem I have right now–why is Girardi continuing to put that horseshit lineup against LHP? Is he too stupid to understand that teams put any breathing lefty on hill just to face his horseshit lineup of Martin, Jones, and Pearce? Throw in Swisher doing what he does–gagging in pivotal games and making stupid faces/gestures after doing so, and it’s about as awful as it gets. The last AB of Andruw Jones in a Yankee uniform can’t come soon enough. I literally HATE that worthless piece of crap.

  • Jake

    I think my biggest concern with Cashman is that it seems he has become incredibly risk-adverse. Whether it’s not taking chances on guys like Darvish, Chapman, Cespedes, etc., sitting idle at the trade deadline the past couple years, even though there were obvious needs to be filled, or extending the contracts of guys like Cano before they become free agents, it seems like he’s afraid of making a mistake.

    There’s been a lot of good players who’ve changed hands the past few seasons, but Cashman has seemed content to stand pat with an good, but declining roster.

    • David K.

      I agree with you Jake. I though both Chapman and Cespedes were good risks and spending some money there would have been better than bringing in a boatload of 100 million players. Almost everyone in his right mind thought going after Yu Darvish with a significant bid was a no-brainer.

      • DC

        But you are calling them good risk from a hindsight viewpoint. Anyone can be a great GM with that ability. No-brainer dropping $100M+ on Darvish? His numbers so far are comparable with Hughes. Would you spend $100M on Hughes?

        • David K.

          No, I and a lot of others thought AT THAT TIME that these were good ideas. So we are not using hindsight. What is the problem with everyone here. All of these things plus the Jesus Montero debacle we were on the record about at the time they happened. So there is zero hindsight involved. I’ll admit Yu Darvish has not been great, but I’d rather have him than Freddie Garcia or Kuroda.

          • DC

            You would rather have $100M Darvish than $10M Hiroki, even though Hiroki has been far superior to Darvish? Wow.

          • DUgan

            RIGHT ON!! IT IS TIME TO STOP MAKING EXCUSES BRIAN.HE HAS MADE COLLOSAL MISTAKES AND NEEDS TO BE FIRED!!!

    • Bo Knows

      I doubt he’s scared of making mistakes so much as it is of wasting tens of millions of dollars (or in the case of Darvish 100 million dollars)on guys who are essentially prospects and in the case of both Chapman and Cespedes (which word is they made a very competitive offer for) are two guys that played in Cuba and that the only info they had was based mostly on workouts.

      • deadrody

        That’s a chicken or the egg proposition, though. Isn’t Cashman wary of wasting tens of millions of dollars a result of having ALREADY wasted far more than that on the likes of Kei Igawa, Carl Pavano, and Jaret Wright ?

        Talk about compounding one bad decision with another.

        • DC

          And you knew Pavano would be constantly injured or that Igawa would fail to make the transition to MLB? You should become a fortune teller.

  • DUgan

    Cashman has wasted a ton of money last year and this. It is time for him to go.Since the “BOSS died he has been totally in charge with no accountability!!GOOD BY BRIAN!!

  • DUgan

    Cashman’s decisions this year and last leave a lot to be desired.The
    “BOSS” is gone and he doesn’t have any real accountability.It is time to say”GOOD BY BRIAN”

  • Mike MzX

    Cashman made a lot of good moves last off season, on paper the Pineda trade was awesome, and he shouldn’t be held responsible for Pineda going on the DL. Also, considering Montero isn’t setting the world on fire, in the long term this deal could still end up being a good one.

    Signing Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant, getting Ichiro was also brilliant. If he made any failure in 2012, it was not trading for another starter, and even then the market wasn’t very good.

    As someone whose vocally criticized Cashman over the years, he did a good job prepping for the 2012 season. This years troubles have been more injury related and a continual failure to capitalize on runners in scoring position. Both issues Cashman has no control of.

  • RetroRob

    I’m late on this. It wasn’t a great year, but the man has been GM for one of the most successful runs in the team’s history, which is saying a lot when the team is the NY Yankees. They are in first place. His overall moves therefore are obviously a collective plus.