Despite several of his moves for the 2014 season missing the mark, and the likelihood that the New York Yankees will miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting the team is preparing a contract extension offer to Brian Cashman.
despite likely missing postseason, yanks hope to bring back longtime gm brian cashman. http://t.co/87rEnllp2V
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 4, 2014
According the Heyman’s report, the Yankees’ top officials and ownership don’t view this season’s failures as Cashman’s fault…much to the chagrin of Yankees’ fans across the nation. Some point to the savvy move to acquire utilityman Martin Prado as the job saver for the 17-year GM of the Bombers. Prado is signed through the next two seasons, will most likely take over the black hole left by the departed Robinson Cano.
Ownership appears to have the confidence in Cashman to right the ship, as his teams have averaged over 90 wins per season, to go along with 4 World Series championships, and six American League pennants on his watch. Cashman always been viewed as one of the elite executives around baseball, and wouldn’t be unemployed long if the Yankees chose to cut ties.
Cashman told Heyman by phone last week:
“We’ve never done a deal until it’s close to being up. There’s nothing more to say, All our focus is to try to win as many games as is necessary to qualify for the postseason. As Hal said, that’s his focus. And that’s our focus.” (h/t, Jon Heyman, CBS Sports)
The Yankees have historically had a policy not to discuss expiring contracts, or engage in contract talks until the end of the season. The team recently broke that policy when Cashman extended outfielder Brett Gardner prior to his hitting free agency this coming winter. Cashman has been one of the longest tenured GMs in Yankees’ team history, which is shocking given how many years he spent working for late owner George Steinbrenner, who had a bad habit of firing everyone around him if the Yankees had an extended losing streak, let alone missing the playoffs. Fans and media have called for Cashman’s head at times during the season, citing his inability to acquire pieces that are productive enough to return the Yankees to October glory. Details of a new pact have yet to be reported.