New York Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner recently spoke out in defense of two of his most prized employees.
Anyone questioning whether Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman’s jobs are safe should take a step back. Those questions were evidently put to bed at this year’s trade deadline.
As stated at the owners’ meetings in Houston on Wednesday, owner Hal Steinbrenner expects the two individuals to be fixtures of the future in the Bronx.
“Joe could do nothing about the lack of run production.” – Hal Steinbrenner to Ryan Hatch of NJ.com
Both of their contracts are set to expire at the end of 2017, making contract extensions a potential talk this offseason. The two of them combine to make approximately seven-million annually.
Cashman has been commended for the recent deadline acquisitions of Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, and Dillon Tate, effectively fortifying what should be a bright future for the franchise. With call-ups of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez paying immediate dividends, it appears more and more promising.
Girardi, on the other hand, is no stranger to player development and getting the most out of clubs that are not too gifted talent-wise.
Back in 2006, he won the NL Manager of the Year award thanks to a 78-84 season in which he guided an extremely subpar Miami Marlins team.
Based on those efforts, among other qualities, both guys should be sticking around. This comes despite the fact that they have produced merely three playoff wins over the past four years — all in 2012.