If you're not a Brian Cashman fan, you may want to stop reading now.
The New York Yankees general manager has become an embattled one this season and throughout the time he's been with the team, but it looks like the Yanks will bring him back once again after his contract expires at the end of 2014.
Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that all indications are the team will bring Cashman back after this year is over:
Those always asking about Cashman's status, all indications are Yankees will want him back after his contract expires at end of year.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) June 24, 2014
With the Yanks having an up and down season that has been marred by injury, Cashman has become the whipping boy of fans of the team. They are unhappy with some of the moves Cashman made during the offseason and in the past.
There have been two major knocks on Cashman:
1. He signs players that are old and over-the-hill
2. He trades the Yanks' farm system away
The first complaint is certainly true, although you can't really blame Cashman. He signs veteran players because the Yanks are a team ready to win now and sometimes that means they have to overpay to get it done.
But when those players break down because of injury, that's when Cashman hears it. Still, that hasn't deterred Cash from signing these kinds of players and it likely never will. Besides, young, impact talent doesn't just grow on trees and finding it is much easier said than done.
The second complaint is also somewhat valid.
Yes, the Yanks don't spend time waiting for their prospects to develop into big-league talent, but that's when the team is looking to win right away. Not to mention, many of the prospects the Yanks have waited for in recent years have mostly crashed and burned.
What fans don't seem to remember is all the good moves Cashman has made during his tenure in the Bronx. The bad ones always shine brighter than the good and draw far more scrutiny than the good ones get praise.
How quickly we all forget that it was Cashman who took the risk on Masahiro Tanaka and it's paying off big time for the Bronx Bombers. Rarely do you hear any kind of love being thrown Cashman's way for that move; however you can still hear the belly-aching for the Carl Pavano move.
— J-Bone (@jsc905) June 23, 2014
Overall, Cashman has seen the Yanks win four World Series titles on his watch and that isn't too shabby. If Cashman was doing as bad a job as Yankees fans thought, the team would have ousted him a long time ago.
The fact is with some moves you win and others you lose. Every GM in Major League Baseball goes through it and if you brought in another guy to take Cashman's place, he'd have the same positives and negatives.
The late George Steinbrenner had faith in Cashman and so does Hal, so expect the Yanks' GM to stick around for another contract unless he is ready to walk away on his own accord.
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