Brian Cashman has agreed to return as the Yankees general manager on a three-year contract, Newsday has learned.Although there are some Yankees fans that are probably not happy about this, if you've read this blog enough you know I am. Having to find a new GM would have made improving this team through free agency and the trade market much more difficult this off-season, so I think this is a good move for the Yanks as they look towards 2009.
Cashman deliberated over the decision about whether it was time to move on after 11 seasons as GM, but gave the Yankees an affirmative answer this afternoon. In the end, a Yankees source said, it came down to what was best for his family. The new contract will be for slightly more than Cashman had been making, putting it at in the ballpark of $2-million per year.
Neither Cashman nor Yankees co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner, with whom Cashman negotiated the deal, could immediately be reached for comment. The two work closely together, and met at Yankee Stadium on Monday, and that relationship was a huge positive for Cashman in making up his mind.
The Yankees are expected to make an official announcement this afternoon.