The Yankees wasted no time in beginning their offseason work. Yesterday, New York reached an agreement with rotation ace, CC Sabathia. Today, the club finalized a new three year contract with Senior Vice President and General Manager, Brian Cashman.
At age 44, Cashman is entering his fourth straight three-year pact with the organization. Incredibly, he’s also the third longest tenured general manager (trailing only Brian Sabean and Billy Bean) in all of Major League Baseball. Although no official salary has been released, Cashman’s new contract is speculated to be in the $8-9M vicinity.
Since Cashman took over for Bob Watson in 1998, the team has won 11 divisional titles, six league championships, and four World Series (1998-2000, 2009) — a feat only accomplished by the Dodgers’ Buzzie Bavasi — and reached the postseason every single season accept 2008. For a guy who started off with the organization as a 19 year old intern in the scouting department, that’s pretty darn impressive.
With his own contractual talks out of the way, Cashman will surely refocus his energy on the Yankees 2012 campaign. He’ll likely consider any frontline starting pitchers that become available through trades. There’s also the possibility the Yankees look to strengthen the rotation by acquiring C.J. Wislon via free agency, or perhaps, by competitively bidding on Yu Darvish. Cashman will also look to revamp the team’s bench depth assuming Eric Chavez elects retirement and Andruw Jones prefers a full time gig elsewhere.
Personally, I’m delighted that Yankees Brass reached an agreement with Cashman quickly and amiably this go around. Although Cashman has made some dubious moves in the past, I think it’s fair to say that he’s done far more right for the team than wrong. Welcome back, Cash!
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