Brian Cashman's contract came close to a decade after he was appointed General Manager of the New York Yankees, and the relationship between him and owner George Steinbrenner was so strained that he assumed he would be fired. He gave Steinbrenner his final recommendations and focused on the need to build the farm system.
For years Steinbrenner had the habit of trading many of the small leagues for help in the big leagues, but the Red Sox – under the new GM Theo Epstein – had begun to demonstrate the power of developing a steady stream of talent in the farm system. This is the future, and this is what the next GM must do, Cashman told Steinbrenner, and the phone call ended.
A short time later Steinbrenner called Cashman and asked him if he wanted to stay and implement the changes he recommended. Since then, Cashman has promoted good player development, including Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, Luis Severino and Aaron Judge. The Yankees have clung to many of their best prospects.