It seems my role here is becoming a supporter of the Status quo. That is not my desire. But I am tired of the stale old Cashman bashing. So, I looked it up.
Here is the history, as I see it. Cashman rose to GM of the Yanks in Feb 1998. He started with the Yanks as an intern. He does not seem to have any other baseball jobs. So, now he is over 9 years as GM of the team.
The only team members who he is not responsible for are Jeter, Mo and Posada.
I think his very best moves were trades; Soriano for Arod, Wells for Rocket. He also had very good free agent signings. Matsui, Pettitte, Giambi, Damon, Rocket.
He kept Wang and Cano in the system with Hughes, Rasner, DeSalvo, etc.
I like his recent change toward filling the minors with players with talent and potential.
I do not second guess the Johnson or Sheffield trades. I was glad to see those guys go. They were talented players but not good team mates. That he couldn't get more for them is partly because they were not sought after and were highly paid.
He also had some low points. Free agent signings of Contreras, Brown, Igawa have not worked. Only Igawa of this group is under contract with a chance to turn into anything.
Still that this is a very good team is due to his efforts.
If we dumped him, I do not think his replacement would be likely to be better. I do not think his replacement would be likely to be as good.