Cashman is far from perfect.
I wasn’t exactly gung-ho about the Vazquez signing or the Johnson signing but no GM is going to bat 1.000. I know we, the fans, tend to ascribe the “good deals” to Cashman and the “bad deals” to ownership forcing Cashman’s hand. There’s Kei Igawa rotting in AAA earning $4m a year for the last four years; he’ll be a free agent next year, San Diego! Damaso Marte will be on the DL until the second half of 2011. The list of bad signings during Cashman’s tenure is a long one. At the same time, Cashman made some deft moves (aside from the cash showers bestowed upon Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, etc.) that include the increased focus and valuation on the farm system that has developed guys like Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner and (hopefully) Jesus Montero. And then there’s the fleecing of the White Sox to land Nick Swisher. Oh yeah, Marcus Thames was a nice find by Cashman, no?
Cashman’s contract is up after 2011. He faces an uphill battle as the RedSox have made loud, strong strides this off-season while the Yanks missed on their biggest, singular focus. Hey, it happens. If the Yanks flop this year and finish a disappointing third in the AL East, it might be enough of an impetus for ownership and Randy Levine to try to “Joe Torre” Cashman, by lowballing him. Cashman has a ton of pride and wants to be respected for his ability to GM, not just for his ability to spend the Steinbrenner’s cash.
Me? I hope he stays.
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