There has been reports Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman have a difference of opinion when it comes to how the Yankees should operate in the trade deadline.
Cashman wants to trade his assets such as Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran and Aroldis Chapman for younger, inexpensive players to build around for the future. Steinbrenner has no interest in selling his players to other clubs since he does not want to send a message the Yankees are conceding the season.
While Steinbrenner’s case is true, here’s another layer of element that should be worth discussing: Does Steinbrenner trust Cashman to get anything good in return?
It’s interesting why Steinbrenner seems to meddle into Cashman’s plan. He is paying his general manager to make tough decisions. It shouldn’t come down to the owner making the moves.
If Steinbrenner truly trusts his general manager, he would let his general manager do his job.
There has to be reservations on the son of George’s part of Cashman selling. Outside of acquiring Didi Gregorius, the Yankees haven’t exactly come out as winners in making trades. The Yankees general manager is no Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski when it comes to mastering the art of trade.
Quite frankly, who can blame Steinbrenner?
It’s his call and it’s his right to determine what the Yankees are going to do. Cashman has not earned the right considering he hasn’t been a great general manager in recent years.
If Steinbrenner feels this strongly to go against his general manager’s wishes, then he has to start being involved with the team much more often. He can start by holding his general manager and Yankees manager Joe Girardi accountable for what has been uninspiring baseball in the last few years.
George’s son has been riding on his father’s coattails. He hasn’t had to do much outside of throwing money around. He has let this team run on cruise control.
At some point, Steinbrenner has to be proactive. He has to make his impact on the team.
Spending money in 2009 and holding on to his players is not enough. Steinbrenner either has to retool or hire a general manager and manager that can get the Yankees back to prominence. There comes a time where he has to make his mark.
That time could be now. He seems like he wants to be involved now by holding on to his players.
That’s not the way to go, especially if he can’t trust Cashman to get anything good in return. It may be changes have to happen before it gets better.
The Yankees have been a mediocre franchise since 2010. They haven’t won a playoff game in four years. They are irrelevant in this town. The Mets have supplanted them as the baseball team to watch in New York.
There’s no question George Steinbrenner would not accept the status quo. Hal Steinbrenner should follow the same tact.
The Yankees have showed they are not trending upwards anytime soon. Not with the way this roster is constructed with so many old players and less athletic players.
The Yankees need to start developing from within rather than rely on mercenaries to help them win games.
Sorry, but Cashman is the wrong guy to lead the Yankees forward. Apparently, George’s son feels the same way by not letting him have the carte blanche to make moves.
If that is truly the case, changes have to be made this offseason. That means hiring a new general manager to shape up the Yankees in 2017 and beyond. It should actually happen.
The organization has become stale. There’s no end in sight. There comes a time change has to happen for the good of the franchise. It’s time for a new perspective on how this storied franchise should run moving forward.
That’s why Steinbrenner being involved could be a harbinger of things to come.
Even if Steinbrenner does not fire Cashman, the Yankees general manager has to wonder what’s the point of staying if he can’t make moves.
Maybe Cashman can do Steinbrenner a favor and resign and go elsewhere. He could use a fresh start after being with the organization since his intern days in the late 80s.
That would be best for everyone involved.
Maybe he can take Yankees manager Joe Girardi with him while he is at it.