NEW YORK – Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was referring to the real threat of a baseball lockout in early December on Thursday night when he said “business continues as usual.” He could also have talked about working with a year remaining on a contract that will absolutely not be extended.
It’s owner Hal Steinbrenner’s policy for his executives, so Cashman will hit $ 5 million next year in the final season of his five-year, $ 25 million contract, and then wait and see if his birthday is. silver 25th season as a GM leads to a 26th in 2023.
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“I have a contract for this year,” Cashman said before his sleepover to raise money for a Manhattan youth homeless shelter. “For years to come, it’s always been like this since I’ve been with the Yanks. So this is nothing new and there is nothing I can do to change it. So at the end of the day my job is to do a good job, and if I don’t do a good job, they will have decisions to make. So we’ll see what happens.
Yes, we’ll see what happens.
Under Cashman’s reign, which spanned more than a decade than any other GM in major tournaments, the Yankees won four World Series, six pennants, and made the playoffs 20 times in 24 years.
But it’s the Yankees, and they haven’t been in a World Series since winning the No.27 title in 2009.
While making the playoffs almost every year and never having a losing seasons is a very big deal, Cashman is still armed with one of the biggest payrolls.
The Yankee nation is tired of not being successful.
Ditto for Cashman, but he’s the builder of those high priced lists that keep losing in the playoffs.
So maybe his job will really be on the line next season.
Or maybe not.
Don’t bet on it.
Cashman must pass Steinbrenner’s post-2022 assessment to be offered a new contract, but that doesn’t mean there will be serious consideration for a change if the Yankees don’t return to the World Series.
Steinbrenner explained his thought process on this topic to reporters on Wednesday while in Chicago for the owners meetings:
“If I made a decision now, I would have less information, less data. It doesn’t matter who we’re talking about. One year less performance to analyze when trying to make a decision, it’s just illogical to me. But that’s how I am.
What Steinbrenner has also been and remains a huge fan of Cashman.
“I think Cashman is one of the best GMs in the game,” Steinbrenner said. “I’ve known him for 25 years. A lot of respect for him. His people who work for him have a lot of respect for him.
Cashman has received a lot of public criticism in recent years for becoming a CEO who relies heavily on analytics to build the roster. The stories going around are that the Yankees’ analytical staff have a very big say in Manager Aaron Boone’s lineups, rotation order, and in-game decisions, all under Cashman’s orders.
Whatever the truth, Steinbrenner is convinced that Cashman is making decisions using all of his resources, including old school ones.
“Despite some stories, we really enjoy professional scouting,” said Steinbrenner. “There are major league clubs that are more analytical than us, without naming names. Every decision they make on the pitch is purely analytical, some of these teams. (Cashman) understands that it is very important for me to be well balanced, to do screening and analysis. We just had all of our professional recruiting meetings. We have gone through all the free agents as we always do at this time of year. It really is part of what we do. He therefore has a bad reputation for being too analytical. This is not the case.”
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Randy Miller can be reached at [email protected].