Breaking News: Cashman, Yankees Agree To 3 Year Extension
By Scott Alfano
The Yankees and Brian Cashman have agreed to a 3 year contract extension to serve as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the club.
Fans have questioned whether Cashman, GM since 1998, would return to the Yankees after his current contract ended. However, reports of negotiations began to surface a few weeks ago, making his return all but official. Today it is official and he will serve in the same role through the 2017 season. Cashman is the 3rd longest tenured GM in baseball.
In recent years fans have attacked Cashman for many large signings not panning out. He may have saved his job this season near the trade deadline when he was able to secure Brandon McCarthy for Vidal Nuno, Chase Headley for Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula, and Martin Prado for Peter O’Brien. While O’Brien is expected to become a serviceable power hitter at a major league level in the coming years, Prado is in a relatively team-friendly contract and can help the Yankees through the 2016 season at a variety of positions.
Cashman is an honest General Manager that has admitted his disagreements with the rest of the front office in the past. Yankees executives have pushed for deals he did not want to complete, but was forced to. At times, those deals worked out well. In 2013, the Yankees secured Alfonso Soriano against Cashman’s will and he had a monster second half of the season.
Cashman has been with the organization since he interned in 1986. He has seen the ugly, the dynasty, and the now. Moving forward, Cashman needs to get the club back in the playoffs every year for the fans to want him to stay.