New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – For now, general manager Brian Cashman’s job with the New York Yankees is secure despite the team’s disappointing performance this season, a source said.
“I don’t see Cashman as being in any trouble at all,” the source said. “But as far as I know, Cashman’s situation has not been discussed yet. Those things normally are not addressed until after the season.”
Rumors are swirling that Cashman could take the fall if the Yankees do not make the playoffs this season.
If that happens, it would be the first time in 20 years that the Yankees have failed to make it to the postseason in back-to-back seasons.
Cashman is in his 17th season as Yankees GM, but his three-year, $9 million contract will expire at the end of the season.
Cashman has held the position of GM longer than any other man in team history, although Ed Barrow, who held various titles with the team while essentially performing the functions of a GM between 1921-1945.
Last month, principal owner Hal Steinbrenner was non-committal on Cashman’s future when questioned about it in Baltimore during a meeting to select a new Major League Baseball commissioner.
“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.”
Cashman had a busy 2013 off-season, spending nearly a half -billion dollars on four players: Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.
Tanaka performed up to expectations before suffering a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in July while Ellsbury has a had a productive season and currently leads the team in RBI. Beltran and McCann have underperformed.
Cashman also bolstered his team with a bunch of less-heralded mid-season acquisitions such as Brandon McCarthy, Chase Headley and Martin Prado, and his farm system produced Dellin Betances.
Despite losing four of the five pitchers in their starting rotation before the All-Star break, the Yankees remain in contention for an AL wild-card spot.