With Brian Cashman expected to address what has happened in the Yankees’ universe since the Game 7 loss to the Astros in the ALCS and what will go down in the future sometime this week, the GM can expect a barrage of questions. Cashman has been silent since the Yankees fell one game short of reaching the World Series, which led to him not bringing Joe Girardi back, beginning a search for a new manager, shifting Kevin Reese from the head of pro scouting department to running the player development program, having Masahiro Tanaka decide to stay instead of opting out and last year’s coaching staff not knowing if they have jobs when Girardi’s successor is named. Here are some of the questions Cashman will be asked. 1. Would Girardi have been back if the Yankees reached the World Series? How about if the Yankees won the World Series for the first time since 2009? Or had Cashman decided no matter how the 2017 season ended, it was best to part ways with Girardi after 10 seasons? 2. What was the primary reason Girardi wasn’t brought back? Relationship with players? Relationship with front office? Not fully embracing analytical information? 3. Is there a timetable for finding a replacement? At the end of the season, the Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Nationals, Mets and Phillies had managerial openings. The only vacancy left is in The Bronx. 4. CC Sabathia said during the season his preference is to return. After going 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 27 starts and pitching well in two of three postseason starts, do the Yankees want the veteran lefty back in the rotation? Like Sabathia, Todd Frazier expressed a desire to come back, but at what price? If he does return, what does that mean for Chase Headley, who is under contract for one more year at $13 million? Full-time DH? Trade candidate?
Everything Brian Cashman must explain, beginning with Girardi
New York Post | Nov 6