The New York Yankees may have made a spirited effort to claw into the postseason on the back of a long winning streak in August, but Brian Cashman, Aaron Boone, and the franchise as a whole looked dead in the water for the last few weeks of the year, and that helped them get eliminated by the rival Boston Red Sox.
Cashman filled out the rotation with a few fliers on injured veterans, all while choosing to give away a ton of minor league capital to secure Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo at the trade deadline. Safe to say, both of those acquisitions have had mixed results.
With Boone on the hot seat and several players that were contributors this year in line to get axed as part of a rebuild, former Miami Marlins president David Samson claims that Cashman shouldn’t be viewed as beyond reproach.
During an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, Samson went off on an anti-Yankees tear.
Not only did he rip into Gerrit Cole for a supposed drop in performance after the league’s foreign substance crackdown, but he tore into Cashman, claiming that a new voice is needed upstairs.
“They’re gonna have to get another manager and they’re gonna have to get another general manager,” Samson said. “Brian Cashman’s been amazing … but he keeps trying to build a team the same way.”
Samson also poked Cashman for what he claimed was roster-building more reminiscent of his Miami teams than the old-school Yankees. Samson thinks the Yankees should be spending on high-priced free agents, not signing players like Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon to one-year flier deals.
Should the Yankees totally clean house?
On one hand, Cashman has a proven history of success with this team, and 99.9% of the candidates that the Yankees could identify to replace him would have an inferior resume. Executives like Cashman don’t just fall out of the sky randomly.
However, when the mission statement is a championship, the Yankees haven’t even made an appearance in over a decade. Cashman wouldn’t be the only one who would have to get fired, as whomever they hire will bring in new associates. Is all of that change going to really help the Yankees in the long run?
The Yankees need to give the roster a serious facelift, and while Cashman has had some missteps and unlucky breaks over the last few seasons, it would be very unlikely if New York decides to listen to Samson and gets rid of Cashman.
However, if the Yankees regress again next year, the story could change instantly.