Once again, New York Yankees fans are wondering if team president Randy Levine threw general manager Brian Cashman under the bus last month when speaking with the New York Post about a variety of topics related to last offseason and the 2022 campaign.
Back in September, Levine told Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman on an episode of “The Show” podcast that Cashman never approached him or the Yankees higher-ups about signing one of the top free agent shortstops, a market that included Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, Javier Baez and Marcus Semien.
Levine and other members of the Yankees brass are the ones who typically green light or shut down big expenditures, so it was critical Cashman ran his plan by them before diving in to revamp the roster in free agency.
In hindsight, perhaps it wasn’t the worst idea not to sign one of those guys, because they weren’t particularly great in 2022. Then again, why wouldn’t Cashman have at least tried to get the OK so he knew that was in his back pocket if push came to shove?
Well, seems like we know why! Hal Steinbrenner and Levine would’ve never approved such a big long-term contract, per … Sherman!
Did Yankees’ Randy Levine lie about Brian Cashman’s offseason moves?
So either Cashman was already told “no” and didn’t bother approaching Levine (again, why does he even need to ask Levine about anything?) or Cashman did ask and was told no. Even if he didn’t want to sign one of the stars in free agency, he was already prevented from doing so.
This isn’t a defense of Cashman, because he’s made plenty of other roster moves that have held this team back despite possessing a generous budget to work with. But it just goes to show the communication is a mess, top to bottom, and that everybody in charge is disingenuous.
Surprising? Nope. It’s just better when there’s confirmation of the inconsistencies/people trying to cover their tracks to make it look like they’re not the culprit.
From Levine’s embarrassing public appearances to the report of him berating Dellin Betances years ago for filing too high a salary in the arbitration process, it’s bewildering that the Yankees entrust him with such an influential role in the organization.
He’ll be involved in the Aaron Judge contract talks? Great. Just great. Probably why nothing got done the first time around.