I’m not really interested in what the latest Jon Heyman piece has to say about the state of the slow-developing Johan Santana sweepstakes. Here’s a summary: He’s the best pitcher in baseball and the Twins want to get something valuable in return. There are teams that are talking to the Twins about this. Anyway, the interesting part to me is the following passage:
As for the Yankees, GM Brian Cashman has always seemed uneasy about surrendering the coveted Hughes, and used Andy Pettitte‘s return to persuade new boss Hank Steinbrenner not to overbid for Santana. But Steinbrenner the junior has already overruled Cashman this offseason in giving catcher Jorge Posada a fourth year, closer Mariano Rivera a third year and Alex Rodriguez a record contract after swearing he was out of the A-Rod Sweepstakes.
if the Twins are waiting for Hank the Yank to change his mind again and
get back into the Santana Sweepstakes in a big way, you can’t blame
them. A lot of baseball folks think he probably will.
This is the first time I’ve heard that Cashman was overruled in the Mariano and Posada decisions. A few days ago, there was a report that the Steinbrenners wanted to extend Cashman’s contract which is set to end after 2008. Cashman reportedly wanted to put off the extension talks until later. I forgot his reason for postponing the discussion, but if you wanted to stay with a team, wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity to ink an extension immediately? The Steinbrenners have been in a generous mood of late. You probably could make a lot right now.
So here I am speculating, and I wonder if Cashman is wondering if he wants to stay on for the new stadium. Perhaps, the new boss is getting on his nerves. I don’t know. In a week, this could be a moot point. Cash could sign on for another three years. For all we know, Heyman could be making up the whole thing about Hanks overturning Cashman’s decision.
But there’s a part of me that thinks that Cashman isn’t happy with the new management team.