Why Brian Cashman could walk

Updated: June 25, 2011, 10:39 AM ET
By Buster Olney

At the end of the 2005 season, Brian Cashman had resolved to end his tenure as the Yankees' general manager. On what he thought was going to be one of his last days on the job, he gave Yankees owner George Steinbrenner -- with whom Cashman had many battles -- a recommendation about what Steinbrenner would need in terms of structure going forward.

Steinbrenner asked him to stay on, and now Cashman is in his 14th year as the Yankees' GM. His contract is set to expire at the end of this season, and many of Cashman's professional colleagues are starting to believe this will be his last with the team.