Less Cash, Man

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Brian Cashman

Photograph By John Loomis for ESPN The Magazine

An underrated side of Cashman and many of his front office peers is how competitive they are. At the same time the media questioned whether the Yankees could contend this year - - "Heck, I picked them to finish last in the American League East," says Buster - - Cashman tackled the challenge like a pitcher trying to retire Miguel Cabrera. "We will solve this," he said to one of his staffers in the offseason.