The New York Post ran a story today that said the Steinbrenners have decided they wanted Brian Cashman to remain as general manager.
That has been the case since spring training. Hank Steinbrenner has said it several times since. Hal Steinbrenner has been less vocal about it, but it is believed he wants Cashman back as well.
The real question is whether Cashman wants to come back and only he knows the answer.
The job has changed since he signed his last contract in 2005. Then, Cashman answered only to George Steinbrenner with Steve Swindal a rational presence as the team’s chairman of the board.
In the years since, the flow chart has changed. Instead of one owner, Cashman now deals with Hank Steinbrenner, Hal Steinbrenner, Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and even Felix Lopez, the husband of Jessica Steinbrenner.
The team also has changed. The Yankees are no longer a playoff lock. Cashman’s hand-picked manager, Joe Girardi, had a rocky first season and may be overmatched by the job. The young pitchers he defended have struggled. The young second baseman he committed to has regressed. The star players who helped define a dynasty are aging. If there was ever a time to leave the Yankees, this is it.
The Yankees are all Cashman knows and when it’s all said and done, he will probably remain with them. But he has steadfastly refused to discuss a new contract with the team, as recently as yesterday.
Cashman will have options come the end of the season. Philadelphia, for sure. Washington, perhaps. Maybe even Seattle if one of his mentors, Pat Gillick, becomes the team president.
Cashman is 41. He has worked for the Yankees since 1989 when he graduated from college. He has a high-profile job, but he’s like anybody else. Sometimes people want to try something new. Most of us have changed jobs at some point in our lives, many times in some cases.
The Yankees will have a busy offseason. But just how eventful won’t be certain until Cashman decides what he wants to do and that hasn’t happened yet.