No one is perfect, the same goes to Brian Cashman. I have been talked a lot how much I like the combination of Brian Cashman and Hank Steinbrenner. I will say one more thing, Hank Steinbrenner actually respects and listens to his baseball professionals' advices and suggestions. Good Boss so far. Let's see our new Boss(Hank Steinbrenner) will take his next step to become even better one by taking responsibilities on his shoulder if Yankees have bad year in 2008 because of not good performance of the big three. In my opinion, You have to bite the bullet for your employees if you are a great boss because basically you agree with that idea and no one force you to do. If he does that one day, I will be the first to applause him.
I am not saying Brian is perfect or great general manager without making any mistake for Yankees. There is no way to know exactly how all kids from Yankees, Red Sox and Mets will perform in the future, what kind of deals three teams actually put on the table and how well Santana will performance the rest of his career, so that's why we don't know which team come away the best result of this trade. Only thing I know for sure I for one couldn't be happier to root for homegrown Yankees no matter how Yankees kids will performance in the future. I will say this, I won't call for Cashman's head if big three struggle in 2008.
If my memory is right, Brian Cashman and Omar Minaya are all on the final year of their current contracts for their GM jobs, right? I bring up part of this argument on my binch-hitting article on Peter's blog. The bottom line is it takes guts to not to make a deal instead of making a trade when your jobs are on the line.