Anyone else think Cashman may be on the hot seat going into this year? By hot, I mean hotter than the seat normally is in the Bronx?
The farm system is inadequate. The team continues to miss on many of their top draft picks, and ownership is left to open their checkbooks on aging, expensive free agents to counteract the failures of the scouting and player development departments.
Hal has been on record as saying he sees no reason why the payroll can't be below 189 million, as other teams have enjoyed success with half the financial resources.
Personally, with most teams signing new TV deals, and benefiting from an influx of cash, I think the future is going to involve teams locking up all of their better players to long term deals (look what the Braves did this week) well before free agency. Homer Bailey even got 100 million! As a result, fewer big name free agents will be hitting the market, and the ones that do will command HUGE dollars and probably cost a draft pick (until they change that rule).
In order to remain financially viable--something that keeps the likes of Hank and Hal happy--teams will need to rely on the draft(s) and their farm systems even more to produce top talent. Cashman and company have failed time and again of late in these areas of the ball club. For that reason, I could see Hal going in a different direction at the GM position in the near future. Thoughts?