Cashman is back, we all know that, and Yankee fans can further rejoice in the news that all of the team’s baseball decisions will flow through him. “I’m the general manager, and everybody within the baseball operations department reports to me. That’s not how it’s operated recently,” says Cash. But let’s be frank: that’s not how it’s operated ever. Cashman clearly has the support of Torre, and most likely of Steinbrenner’s son-in-law and heir apparent, Steve Swindal. Has George finally seen the light? That remains to be seen. But now there should be no excuses for Cashman. We think he’ll do a good job.
As the folks at BP argue, an organization needs to have a plan, and it needs to stick to it. That plan doesn’t necessarily need to be a Bill James product (look at the Braves), but it does need to be cohesive. Cashman’s philosophy will apparently be modeled on that of Stick Michael. Build from within, acquire smartly from without. If he can pull that off—if he is capable and if he is allowed—the Yankee future will be bright indeed.