Cashman had several problems with the deal, of both the monetary amount, using up the majority of the remaining allocated resources, presumably left aside to aquire a bona fide starting pitcher like FA Kevin Millwood. Cashman also hated the idea of giving away draft picks by signing him because they had to forfeit them because he is a type A free agent.
Rumors got out, that Levine was the one that negotiated the contract, and many people believed Cashmans role and autonomy in the Yankees Upper Managment was be diminishing. And instead of going out and saying he was behind the signing of his new setup man, he admitted to the media that he completely disagreed to the signing.
Then just yesterday, at a breakfast function for charity, Brian Cashman was having a baseball talk with some fans present and said that he presumed Derek Jeter could not play shorstop for all four years of his contract, and would have to move most likely to centerfield before his deal was up. Now, since he has altered his comments saying there were no plans in place and that it was not even mentioned in Dereks contract negotiatons.
Now with all the criticism, fair or unfair of Brian Cashman this winter, coming up short on both Lee and Crawford, he can certainly be blamed for his recent comments that serve as nothing but a way to distract Yankee fans of the fact Ian Nova and Sergio Mitre join a rotation that has A.J. Burnett(10-15) as its number 3 starter.
We need to wonder if Soriano work out, and Levine and Co. come to the realization that they can make baseball operation decisions as well as baseball operations people, will Cashman be CASHing his last paycheck next october?