As Thursday night gave way to Friday morning, Brian Cashman walked into the Yankees clubhouse through the door in the back of the room. He looked around at groups of reporters gathered around Alex Rodriguez and a few other players, then found himself a seat on the couch in the middle of the room.
He was waiting his turn.
As reporters finally gathered around the Yankees general manager, the conversation inevitably turned to the winter. Problem was, no one could say for certain that Cashman would be the man making the decisions this winter.
“That’s not for me to say,” Cashman said. “I have a contract that runs until the end of the month, so it’s going to be a long month.”
Does he want to be back?
“Yeah, that hasn’t changed,” Cashman said.
Publicly, the Yankees front office has been supportive of Cashman. Of course, losing in the division series — in a year when Cashman did not upgrade the team at the trade deadline — does leave some level of uncertainty.
“I’m disappointed for our fans and I’m disappointed for ourselves,” Cashman said. “I’ll sit down with ownership. Obviously they’re going to be very disappointed and rightfully so. We’ll deal with that on another day. I wasn’t prepared to talk about it tomorrow or tonight, for any aspects of our club, including myself. So that’ll be for another day. Unfortunately we’re going to have to deal with all that stuff sooner than we wished.”
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