This offseason has been incredibly boring. The New York Yankees haven’t done a whole lot but the blame can’t be put on Brian Cashman.
Right now, it feels like all the general managers in Major League Baseball are hiding out in a large conference room, ordering Chinese food and laughing at the Twitter rantings of fans of their teams.
Oh what fun it is to be in the know when all fans are twiddling their thumbs and checking their phones endlessly awaiting breaking news.
However, while some franchises can sit and wait, fans of the New York Yankees simply cannot. They’re used to big, flashy moves that increase their odds to win the World Series. They’re used to seeing endless amounts of money thrown around for all types of players. They’re used to making moves that are highly discussed across the league and elicit jealousy from every other fan base.
This offseason, they have not done that. Yet.
So far, the Yankees made a great trade to snag James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners in the hopes of having him help bolster their rotation. Next was signing on CC Sabathia for what he has declared to be his final season. Then, the Yankees re-signed J.A. Happ and inked Zach Britton to more time in the Bronx.
While all those moves are okay, the big move has not come yet. That would come in the form of Manny Machado, who sources have insisted is going to be signing on to don the pinstripes any day now.
And yet, fans are furious with the way this offseason is going. It’s uncharacteristic of the Yankees front office and especially Brian Cashman to sit back on their heels so much but, guess what? Everyone else is doing the same thing.
This offseason is pitiful. It’s a constant waiting game, as big-name free agents are clamoring for huge contracts and teams are unwilling to offer deals greater than seven years.
And since when do we not have faith in Brian Cashman? This guy has been an architect of several World Series teams under the toughest leadership in the history of the sport. He has been behind some of the most lucrative deals in sports.
He brought David Justice to the Bronx, where he earned the MVP award in the 2000 ALCS. He also made that massive trade to bring Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees. Oh, and in 2009 he loaded up the squad to help them win their coveted 27th World Series title.
Cashman has been behind all of these massive moves. We’ve had faith in him before and it has always paid off. Why lose faith in him now?
So Manny Machado hasn’t signed. So what if Bryce Harper was never on the Yankees radar in the first place? That has nothing to do with Cashman and everything to do with the massive free agency market.
Cashman may seem like a wizard and, in reality, he definitely is. But this offseason is something incredibly unique with big-name targets on the market. So let’s lay off of Cashman and start focusing on what he has done to improve the team.
Are any of the signings this offseason huge moves? Not in the least. However, do they make the team better? Absolutely.
Sabathia brings a clubhouse presence and workhorse attitude. Happ is a solid back-end option in the rotation. Britton fills in the slot that David Robertson vacated when he went to Philly. Paxton makes the rotation even stronger following Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka.
That was all the magic of Brian Cashman. And there’s still some magic left. Everyone just has to be patient.
So have a little bit of faith in Brian Cashman. He brought the Yankees five World Series titles. He’s got this.