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New York Yankees Owner Hal Steinbrenner Won’t Commit to Retaining Brian Cashman as General Manager

August 14th, 2014 at 1:03 PM
By Doug Rush

There could be some changes coming to the New York Yankees following the 2014 season, especially if the team fails to make the playoffs for the second straight season and for the third time since 2008.

While Joe Girardi is likely safe as manager because of signing a four-year deal at the end of last season, general manager Brian Cashman's job might not be as safe as it once was in the past. Cashman's contract with the Yankees is set to expire at the end of the season and it's no guarantee that Cashman returns as the Yankees GM.

On Wednesday, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post spoke to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and told him that he won't commit to bringing Cashman back as the team's GM for 2015 and beyond.

“We’re so busy right now, trying to figure out who’s going to be playing in any given game, much less that,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ll be talking about that soon enough. But you know me. We’ve got enough things to worry about during the season. That’s where our focus needs to be Let me get to October — hopefully the end of October, beginning of November — and we’ll go from there.”
Generally, the way the Yankees do business is to not talk about contracts until the end of the season, but with a payroll near the top in baseball and having greatly disappointing seasons in 2013 and 2014, Steinbrenner knows that failing to make the postseason with all of the talent the team possesses is simply something he will not stand for and someone has to take accountability and it might be with Cashman.
One possible person to take over as Yankees GM if Cashman is not retained is assistant GM Billy Eppler, who was a finalist for the San Diego Padres GM job before losing out to former Texas Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller. Eppler could be next in line if Cashman doesn't come back to the Bronx.
Cashman, who once started out as an intern for the Yankees in the 80's while attending college, has been the team's general manager since 1998 and has seen four World Series championships under his watch.

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