Well, Yankees fans, it seems like no matter how the 2022 season ends — with a bang or with a September’s worth of whimpers — the man in charge of creating the current flawed roster will be back with a new contract in hand.
Hey, maybe 2024! You never know. The Steinbrenners could sell to Mitsubishi. Global warming could speed up exponentially. Rob Manfred could get distracted by a ball on a string. Anything can happen!
According to a report from Barry Bloom of Sportico (subscription required, but revealed on Twitter), Cashman is expected to continue the “longest-running GM tenure” in MLB with a deal that takes him through 2023 and beyond.
The contract will not be finalized or announced until the offseason, according to Bloom, but that certainly didn’t stop the report from finding its way to the public eye on Friday afternoon, just a few days after the 2022 Yankees’ dysfunction peaked.
Now with the Yanks in the midst of a four-game winning streak, apparently Bloom felt more secure going public with his scoop, even though Cashman’s trade deadline is still under intense scrutiny.
Yankees’ Brian Cashman reportedly returning as GM in 2023
Earlier in the summer, the Yankees were riding a black-hole-filled offense to a 15.5-game lead in the AL East, making it difficult to deliver a full-throated critique of the roster. But now, as things semi-spiral down to the 7s and 8s, Cashman’s Josh Donaldson/Isiah Kiner-Falefa combination money-saver/money-adder looks more confusing than ever when the market also included Carlos Correa and Corey Seager.
Add in tacitly accepting a Harrison Bader/Jordan Montgomery trade that gave away pitching depth (a Cardinals ace?) for free, and you’ve got yourself two of the weirdest transactions of his “longest tenure” over the course of just a few months.
Oh, and there’s also:
- Overpaying for Frankie Montas/surrendering the entirety of the team’s Triple-A pitching depth after years of waiting
- Doing the wrong homework on Joey Gallo/watching him thrive elsewhere
- Passing on Max Scherzer twice
- Passing on Justin Verlander
- Passing on Gerrit Cole (the first time, the right time)
And many more!
All these strange decisions and half-measures have led to the Yankees failing to reach the World Series since 2009 with an annual top-five payroll.
Is it possible to win with fewer resources? Absolutely. It is possible to win with these resources? Definitely!
Cashman has consistently won regular-season games for the past decade and a half, but has often fumbled the bag with the chance to put his roster over the top. Now, reportedly, he’ll get another several opportunities to add to that unfortunate legacy.