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Yankees working on new contract for general manager Brian Cashman

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Return of the ninja.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees have begun working on a new contract for general manager Brian Cashman ahead of his current deal expiring on October 31, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Despite missing the playoffs for two seasons in a row, rumors that Cashman was in jeopardy of losing his job appear to have been unfounded. The 2014 season was Cashman's 17th as GM of the Yankees, and it was only the first time during his tenure that the team failed to make the postseason in consecutive years.

Olney cites Cashman's strong relationship with the Steinbrenners, as well as the overall success of the team over his tenure, as reasons why the lack of playoffs didn't doom Cashman to needing to find another job. Sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don't when it comes to managers and GMs, and the Yankees could do a lot worse than Cashman in the long run. It's hard to blame the GM for all the poor deals the team has made when there have been reports on more than one occasion as of late that the Steinbrenners and/or Randy Levine went over Cashman's head to make a deal the general manager wasn't a fan of. That got them two years of Ichiro on an contract no team would want to trade for even if the Yankees ate a bulk of the money and some insane opt out clauses in a three-year deal for Rafael Soriano that ensured he would stay in New York if he had a poor season and leave if he had a good one. It's obvious that Cashman doesn't have full autonomy in the decisions that are made.

Do you think the Yankees are making the right decision to bring back Cashman, or do you think he should have taken the fall for the team not living up to expectations in 2014?