New York Yankees Editorial: Should Brian Cashman Be Back In 2016?


Seemingly every offseason, there is a debate on whether Brian Cashman should remain the General Manager of the New York Yankees, and the Steinbrenner family has continued to show faith in Cashman.  Should Cashman, who has two years remaining on a contract he signed last winter, be brought back in 2016?

Cashman, who receives plenty of the blame when the Yankees don’t win the World Series and not enough credit when they do, has one of the hardest jobs in sports, attempting to please a fanbase that is only satisfied with titles.

When Cashman trades prospects to upgrade the roster, whether at the trade deadline or in the winter, fans are unhappy to see prospects later do well for other franchises.  When he hangs on to prospects, as he did in 2015, fans are unhappy that he didn’t do enough to improve the ballclub.

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Entering the season with a roster filled with aging stars that some predicted to finish last in the division, the Yankees made the playoffs, and that alone is likely enough for Cashman to keep his job.  Add in that he kept his word that he wouldn’t trade prospects such as Luis Severino, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, and Jorge Mateo, especially not for rentals, not to mention that Severino and Bird were key contributors down the stretch, and Cashman’s job is all but a lock.

For the first time in years, and probably throughout Cashman’s entire tenure as GM, there is a general excitement about the Yankees youth, with a farm system that has already begun to produce at the big league level.

Combine the positive outlook for the future with the fact that the Yankees allowed their former-assistant GM, Billy Eppler to take the GM job with the Los Angeles Angels, and it is quite obvious that Cashman will be back in 2016.  If the Yankees had other plans, wouldn’t it make sense to refuse to let other teams to negotiate with Eppler, who would have been Cashman’s likely replacement?

It is all but a lock that Brian Cashman will be back in 2016, and it is probably for the best.  What do you think Yankees fans?  Should Cashman be relieved of his duties after another season without a title, or did the organization show enough improvement for Cashman to be brought back?

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