Manager Aaron Boone, GM Brian Cashman not a package deal for Yankees?

It appears Aaron Boone staying on as manager of the New York Yankees into 2023 means little regarding the future of general manager Brian Cashman.

SNY’s Andy Martino reported Thursday that “Cashman’s status remains unresolved” even though Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said on Wednesday he intends for Boone to keep his job. 

While Boone signed a three-year contract that includes a club option for 2025 last October, Cashman’s deal expires after the World Series that won’t feature a Yankees team that was swept in the American League Championship Series by the Houston Astros. 

“(Cashman) and Steinbrenner might agree to continue their longstanding working relationship — as we reported Monday, most in the Yankees organization expect that to happen — but his situation is different from Boone’s,” Martino continued. “Last year, the Yanks signed Boone to a three-year contract. If the team wanted to move on, it would have had to fire him — a move the Yankees have not made on any skipper since the 1990s.”

Martino added the Cashman situation “has not been settled, and is not particularly close to being settled, according to league sources.” 

Steinbrenner offered no information about Cashman’s future on Wednesday other than saying the two “had some preliminary conversions” about the upcoming offseason. 

Fans and media personalities such as New York sports radio legend Mike Francesa have publicly campaigned for Steinbrenner to make “wholesale changes” because the Yankees haven’t made a World Series since 2009 and have been eliminated from postseason tournaments by the Astros in 2022, 2019, 2017 and 2015. 

If Cashman stays put, his first order of business will be handling the impending free agency of All-Star slugger Aaron Judge after Judge rejected the Yankees’ seven-year, $213.5 million contract extension offer before Opening Day.

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