As he did in 2005, Cashman will likely wait until his contract is up before negotiating with the Yankees. That assumes (and maybe this will be a big assumption if they won’t make the playoffs), that the Steinbrenner brothers will want him back.
One columnist in Philadelphia wondered if Cashman would be a fit there to replace the retiring Pat Gillick.
Others in baseball have said Cashman could make sense for the Nationals if they dump Jim Bowden. Cashman went to college in D.C. and has many friends there.
Know this much: The Yankees need Cashman more than he needs them. There’s nobody in the organization with enough experience to take over as general manager.
Scouting director Damon Oppenheimer is a sharp guy but his focus has been on amateur players. Assistant GM Jean Afterman has dealt largely with international affairs, legal matters and contract negotiations. Oppenheimer or Afterman could do the job, but there would be a steep learning curve.
Cashman doesn’t talk much about his situation. But the parameters of the job have changed since 2005. As George Steinbrenner slips into the background, Hank and Hal Steinbrenner have more authority. As the terrain changes, Cashman has to decide whether it suits him.
It’s too early to make the call now. But Cashman is still a young man and perhaps he wants another challenge.