April came to a close yesterday, and the beginning of a new month means that it’s time for a fresh evaluation of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. After starting the year at 61-percent approval at the end of January, Cashman dipped to 51 percent in February and below the positive threshold to 48 percent in March.
Various fan frustrations with the Yankees’ offseason and spring training outlook likely played an influence in the voting, and if Cashman was looking for his team to help bail him out in April, then they didn’t lend him much of an assist. Despite entering the season as AL favorites, the Yankees’ highly-touted offense sputtered for the most part, and the club ended the month at 12-14. It was their first April with a losing record since the rebuilding year of 2016.
Cashman did make some minor moves to try to bolster the team’s sluggish start. Jay Bruce’s Yankees tenure turned out to be a short one, as he retired a few weeks into April after compiling a 40 wRC+ in 10 games. As part of the transition away from Bruce, Cashman acquired Rangers cast-off Rougned Odor for two low-level prospects; in 16 games to date, he’s notched a 106 wRC+. Toward the end of the month, he made a change to his cast of role players by dealing fifth outfielder Mike Tauchman to the Giants for lefty reliever Wandy Peralta.
At different points throughout April, Cashman also used the alternate site roster to play “Scranton Shuttle Ping-Pong” with Michael King and to a lesser extent, Domingo Germán and Deivi García. The bats may have struggled throughout the month, but for what it’s worth, the pitching staff ended April with a AL-best 3.09 ERA and 1.065 WHIP. (Thanks in no small part to Gerrit Cole’s otherworldly start.)
To the Yankees’ training staff’s credit, no one suffered any serious injuries in April, as there were no multi-day injured list stints.* Reliever Justin Wilson successfully returned to the bullpen early in April, and both Luke Voit and Zack Britton remained on track in their recoveries from surgery. Voit is aiming for mid-May, and Britton is hoping for June.
*Note: This was written before Darren O’Day hit the injured list on May 1st, but make of the timing what you will.
So as of the end of April, do you approve of Brian Cashman? As always, there’s a lot to factor into a “yes” or a “no,” and you might feel like your answer is more of a soft “yes” or “no” than a stamp of approval or a sharp rebuke. However, the binary question is the best way to get a direct read on fans’ thoughts.
Vote in the poll below and let us know! We’ll revisit the results in a month.
Do you approve of Yankees GM Brian Cashman?
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