Joel Sherman of the Post goes deeper with a point I made the other day: The non-trade for Johan Santana could determine Brian Cashman’s future.
Ian Kennedy and three guys off the street were a better package than what the Mets gave up. The Yankees could have had Santana. But Cashman stood his ground.
It’s a commendable stance and the message is clear: The Yankees aren’t developing these pitchers to trade them. But if Santana is the new Tom Seaver and the Yankees finish a game out of the wild card, Hammerin’ Hank might want a new GM.
There’s always pressure when you’re the GM of the Yankees. Cashman is coming up on 10 years on the job. He didn’t get this far without ducking a few punches.
Joel also writes that the pressure’s on Phil Hughes. That’s true. But Hughes knew what he was doing when he took $1.4 million to sign with the Yankees in 2004. If he didn’t want pressure, he would have gone to college.