Brian Cashman

The New York Yankees announced on Monday that longtime general manager Brian Cashman had been signed to a four-year contract. Clearly, re-signing Aaron Judge is the top priority of the offseason. But what happens if the Yankees can’t do that? Apparently, Cashman hasn’t gotten that far in his thinking.

Cashman addressed the possibility that Judge may sign with another team. And if you’re a Yankees fan, it’s doubtful that this response inspires much confidence in the front office.

“Listen, if Aaron Judge signs somewhere else, do we pivot and do something else?” Cashman said, per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. “Do we remake ourselves completely? I have no idea. It’s not what we want to do.”

If you’re a fan of the Yankees, not wanting to even think about Judge going elsewhere would be understandable. Heck, that holds true if you’re a player — or maybe even a coach — on the Yankees. But Judge doesn’t lack for interested suitors. Big market teams have made it clear that his lofty price tag will not be what keeps them from signing the superstar.

So, it’s baffling that the general manager of the team — the guy whose job is to put the roster together — would essentially acknowledge not having a Plan B that could easily be needed at literally any moment.

Not surprisingly, Cashman’s words drew criticism — a lot of criticism.

Lost in all of this is another issue. As great as Judge has been, the Yankees have not enjoyed a lot of playoff success with him. They have not won or even reached a World Series since 2009. Since Judge’s rookie year, the Yankees have reached the ALCS three times. Each time, they lost to the Houston Astros, falling in seven games in 2017, six games in 2019 and four games in 2022. So, even if they do re-sign Judge, more work needs to be done if the Yankees are going to get back to the World Series.

This could be a matter of Cashman just playing it close to the vest, not wanting to discuss specific plans publicly. But if that was the case, he should have said that. A general manager saying “I have no idea” heading into the Winter Meetings is troubling.

[Bryan Hoch on Twitter]

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