Brian Cashman isn’t going anywhere.
The impending free agent general manager has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Yankees, who’ve missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1992/1993.
Cashman has been the GM since 1998, when he replaced Bob Watson and the Yankees made him an immediate winner with three consecutive World Series titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000 before losing the Diamondbacks in 2001.
During his run as GM the Yankees have advanced to the playoffs 14 times in 17 seasons, winning four World Series and six American League pennants.
His previous contract was also three years, signed in November of 2011. But this time around the challenge ahead of him is far different, as the “Core Four” is gone and the Yankees’ aging roster is in desperate need of a rebuild while the farm system is hardly overflowing with high-upside young talent.
At the end of this contract extension the now 47-year-old Cashman will have been the Yankees’ general manager for 20 seasons.
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?