About Brian Cashman
Brian Cashman is the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the New York Yankees.
He is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. His father raised standard-bred horses for harness racing, and Brian and his four siblings were kept busy performing odd jobs. He attended Lexington Catholic High School before moving to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School in 1985 and The Catholic University of America in 1989.
He started with the Yankees' organization as an intern, rising in the organization until becoming GM in 1998 at the age of 30. His predecessor was Bob Watson.
During his tenure the Yankees have won five American League pennants and three World Series championships. Major deals he has been responsible for include the trade of David Wells for Roger Clemens; the trade of Alfonso Soriano for Alex Rodriguez; and the free agent signings of Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui, Jose Contreras and Johnny Damon. He also negotiated the long-term contracts of Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter and has been credited with restocking the Yankees' minor league system with pitching prospects such as Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Humberto Sanchez and Dellin Betances.
Despite the team's success, in 2005 Cashman considered leaving the Yankees due to conflicts with owner George Steinbrenner and organizational disputes between team officials in New York City and Tampa. The Washington Nationals were also rumored to be interested in hiring Cashman, which would have brought him back to where he attended school. Instead, Cashman agreed to a new contract following the conclusion of the 2005 season which gave him more authority in personnel decisions.
As of the end of the 2007 season Cashman now has 1 year left on his contract, but has stated he is more focused on getting the Yankees another World Series title ring rather than his job status.
Brian was named to Crain's New York Business 40 under 40 list for 1999.