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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Brian Cashman gets more conventional wisdom support: New York Times. Shocking.

Brian Cashman, in his 20th season as New York Yankee general manager, is leading a charmed life. In the most recent 16 years of his tenure, Cashman has only one championship, that in 2009, with 8 and 7 year dry spells.

During those 16 years, these teams have won multiple championships:
San Francisco Giants 3: 2014, 2012, 2010
Boston Red Sox 3: 2013, 2007, 2004
St. Louis Cardinals 2: 2011, 2006

How does Cashman still have his job? And yet:

Can This Man Revive the Yankees?
When a team changes course, it often does so with a new general manager. But the Yankees’ makeover has been directed by a man who has led them for two decades.


His (Cashman's)contract expires after this season, but no one in the organization expects him to leave or be fired. Of the top baseball operations officials among the 30 major league teams, none has been with his club as long as Cashman has.

Cashman, 49, started as an intern in the Yankees’ minor league and scouting department in 1986, a dozen years before George Steinbrenner named him general manager...

“We should trade Cano before he’s a free agent, because he will not re-sign with us,” Cashman said, repeating the recommendation he made at the time. “They’re looking at money we won’t be willing to commit. They’re looking for a 10-year deal.”

Cano, who turned 31 just after that (2013) season, eventually got a 10-year, $240 million bonanza from the Seattle Mariners. Though the Yankees gave a seven-year, $153 million deal that winter to Jacoby Ellsbury — who has declined sharply — Cashman said the team would benefit in the future from having resisted a 10-year commitment to Cano.

At the time I supported letting Robinson Cano walk. But I opposed the signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran for the 2014 season even before they happened.

WAR 2014-2016:
Ellsbury: 8.2
Cano: 17.3

Did the Times writer even consider that? And there's plenty more to hold Cashman accountable.

Brian Cashman sucks despite conventional wisdom support in fangraphs.com, etc. Monday, April 3, 2017

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