Beyond the Boxscore recently polled their writers for their choices as to the top GM’s of the last 10 years. The results were interesting, with the 5 writers each making 5 selections, and coming out with a top of the list that went as follows: Beane, Epstein, Friedman, Schuerholtz, and Shapiro. Brian Cashman did not receive a single vote, and I find that to be a bit silly.
The argument against Cashman is that anyone could win with the budget that he has. While that seems make sense, the fact that high payroll clubs miss the playoffs all the time seems to suggest that it is not so simple to achieve the level of consistent success that Cashman has attained. Why exactly would I take the resume of someone like Shapiro, who has had one team go past the first round of the playoffs, over Cashman? Friedman walked into a very good situation, with years of draft picks piled up in the Rays farm system when he took over.
I think the strongest argument for Cashman is the following. Over the relevant 10 year period, if you exclude Shuerholtz, Brian’s teams have had just as many championships and only one less division title than the other four clubs combined. You can argue as to where he belongs on the list, but for him to not receive one vote is ridiculous.
Do you agree?