ARLINGTON TX - General Manager of the New York Yankees Brian Cashman looks on during a game against the Texas Rangers in Game Two of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Extensions for everybody! From the official New York Yankees Twitter account:
Yankees re-sign Brian Cashman to a three-year contract to serve as the organization's Senior Vice President and General Manager.
The deal was in place for a while, but the Yankees didn't want to announce anything during the World Series.
Cashman has been with the Yankees since 1986, when he was an intern who may or may not have had to get Ron Kittle's dry cleaning. He's been the GM since before the 1998 season, which coincided with a run of three straight World Series titles for the Yankees.
To put in perspective how long Cashman has been with the Yankees, consider this: When he took over, the Yankees' payroll was around $65 million. Would that work today with, say, an A-Rod/A.J. and 23 rookies strategy? There's a chance it would not. Times have changed.
Under Cashman's watch, the Yankees have never finished with fewer than 89 wins, and they've made the playoffs 13 out of 14 seasons. Sure, a lot of that has to do with the team's spending, but it still takes coordination, planning, and maneuvering to do that. If you doubled the payrolls of the Orioles and Mets during that time, for example, would they have had a similar run of success?
It's hard to separate Cashman from the advantages his organization gives him, but he's certainly been quite successful, and the Yankees are keeping him around for three more seasons, at least.