I figure the other guys listed here could be washington candidates as well. Will someone please tell me why they want Cashman as the GM? I dont think Bowden has done that bad. He has been decent and that is no reason for change. We could get someone who totally suckshttp://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/ny-spken184432113sep18,0,6950288.column
We're placing our bet on Yankees general manager Brian Cashman leaving his job upon the completion of this, his eighth season in the hot seat.
Opportunities could abound, with Washington, Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Seattle and Cincinnati (remember, Cashman grew up in nearby Kentucky) likely to have openings.
But who would replace Cashman? Here's an early list of candidates:
Jean Afterman. The current assistant GM, she has expressed public doubt about even wanting this job. She could get a courtesy interview. The Yankees are best served with Afterman focusing much of her efforts on Japan; look for the club to go aggressively after Seibu Lions pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka this winter.
Jim Bowden. He'll be kicked out of Washington the moment MLB sells the team, which should be two weeks from now (former Mariners owner Jeff Smulyan is gaining steam, and he might be placed with former Braves president Stan Kasten). Even though the Yankees fired Bowden in 1989, The Boss is said to admire the 44-year-old's quick trade trigger. And Bowden has kissed up to Steinbrenner in recent years.
Pat Gillick. A Hall of Fame- caliber GM, he left Seattle after the 2003 season. Can he be tempted to come back at age 68? It wouldn't surprise us if Steinbrenner offered the temptation.
Gerry Hunsicker. He did a great job building up the Astros. But he quit last year, tiring of over-involved owner Drayton McLane, so he might not care for Steinbrenner and his multi-site operation, not to mention unbearable team president Randy Levine.
Damon Oppenheimer. Unfairly charged with stabbing Gene Michael in the back - it simply isn't accurate - Oppenheimer has climbed up the Yankees' ladder and has played a key role in scouting, trades and development. He could handle the job, although he might be more valuable in a role that better utilized his scouting.