When the New York Yankees are unable to perform well during a season, or when a recently signed player does not perform up to par, it is easy for fans to point the finger and blame general manager Brian Cashman for their downfall. That is the core reason why the GM has been criticized harshly throughout the years.
Yes, Cashman has made costly mistakes during his time with the Yankees. What GM hasn't? Because of those errors in judgement it is difficult for fans to appreciate all of the wise decisions Cashman has actually made. After all, Cashman has brought the Yankees to six American League Pennants and four World Series Championships. With all of this success, he has to be doing something right.
Sure, with a payroll of $196,854,630 the Yankees are able to attain any player of their choice, as they have some of the greatest players in the game today on their team. However, who helped bring these greats to New York? That's right, Cashman.
I will admit, I am not one of Cashman's biggest fans. However, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, I would not want to see him go, especially after the wise choices he has made this season.
Here are eight reasons why GM Brian Cashman has actually had a successful year.