One of the most surprising things said during the interview was his plans for Derek Jeter:
"I'd be surprised if he plays SS for all 4 years. I see him moving to OF."
Obviously this isn't a surprise for most fans. Jeter's defensive decline at SS has been well documented and a Gold Glove did nothing to help his cause. Still, to hear this come from a usually tight-lipped and savvy GM is quite a shock. I would have to believe that Jeter was aware of this when he signed the dotted line on his newest mega-contract, otherwise we could be in for another highly public battle between the face of the franchise and the FO in a couple of years (or sooner).
The same radio caller then asked Cashman a very straightforward question: Who was the better team, the Red Sox or his own Yankees?
"Red Sox. But we have better bullpen."
Again, nothing monumental. The question is how long the Steinbrenner's will deal with such candid responses. This comes only weeks after Cashman acknowledged that the Steinbrenner's had gone over his head in the wake of the Rafael Soriano signing.
Would George have stood for this? Better yet, would Cashman have dared to answer so candidly with The Boss around? If the Yankees hadn't had such a disastrous winter, this wouldn't have even been news. However, after missing out on both Cliff Lee and Carl Crawford and then dealing with Derek Jeter's contract situation this stands out.
Is Cashman on his way out?