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08:16 AM ET 10.31 | Though the offseason is only days old, a handful of GMs have more work cut out for them than others, with Brian Cashman atop the list. Hands down, Cashman has the most difficult path facing him of any general manager of baseball. Perhaps it just comes with the territory of being the GM of baseball's uber-team, but this offseason is especially difficult. With the Yankees' mandate of "anything less than a World Series is failure" hovering over him, the fixes Cashman faces are not easy. ... The Yankees have never had the luxury of going with a full-scale youth movement -- they are expected to contend every year, so Cashman must resolve the situation with Alex Rodriguez, whose declining skills, massive contract and no-trade clause make him nearly impossible to move.

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October 31, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Put him in the lower third of the batting order and keep him there.

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October 31, 2012  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Is ARod's arm still good?Maybe he could pitch?I think they just have to stick with the humiliation strategy, bring guys up from A ball just to pinch hit for him until he agrees to be traded.

I agree. Plus, that would be highly entertaining to watch.

October 31, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Cashman maybe you need to talk to Mattingly about getting A-Rod to relocate to LA since they are trying to be like you and buy a championship.

October 31, 2012  09:43 AM ET

have him take a year to go back to dominican to play (do more juice) and hell be back to his old numbers

October 31, 2012  10:37 AM ET

Hands down most difficult ??? I think the Padres organization might have a step up on the screwed dept. Here Cashman let me help u , dump Arod to a desperate team say maybe Dodgers eat most of salary , then thrown another 200 mill on another overpriced free agent ... See , that wasn't so hard .

October 31, 2012  11:06 AM ET

The ARod situation has already been resolved. He will be the Yankee 3rd baseman, and probably bat lower in the order. It is the rest of the team that is uncertain.

October 31, 2012  12:17 PM ET

^^^^This.

October 31, 2012  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Cashman maybe you need to talk to Mattingly about getting A-Rod to relocate to LA since they are trying to be like you and buy a championship.

Except Mattingly isn't the GM or the one who signs the checks.

October 31, 2012  12:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Hands down most difficult ??? I think the Padres organization might have a step up on the screwed dept. Here Cashman let me help u , dump Arod to a desperate team say maybe Dodgers eat most of salary , then thrown another 200 mill on another overpriced free agent ... See , that wasn't so hard .

ARod has a full no-trade clause. Good luck trying to get him to waive that to go to another team where he'll lose out on the HR milestone bonuses that the Yankees are responsible for if he's on the roster.

October 31, 2012  01:32 PM ET

This albatross situation it was expected to happen just the yanks didn't expected this earlier,
Who to blame? This its Yankees fault without a question,,,

October 31, 2012  01:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Except Mattingly isn't the GM or the one who signs the checks.

Mattingly the worse manager of all,,,

October 31, 2012  04:25 PM ET

Not built for the playoffs, but to think they have no chance of winning 90+ games during the regular season is not good thinking.

October 31, 2012  05:13 PM ET

I say the toughest job goes to Theo Epstien. Really! Think about it, how is he going to keep the Cubs that bad? It takes skill to keep them low, it's a hard act to walk

October 31, 2012  05:17 PM ET

truthfully, the hardest job will be in beantown. I don't think they have the right person for the job, the media is going to blow this thing to pieces. Cashman has it easy compared to the kid in Boston who I'm sure is being told what to do by Larry L.

October 31, 2012  08:25 PM ET

Cashman is the worst GM in baseball. They give him millions and millions more and he still cannot win.

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October 31, 2012  10:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Put him in the lower third of the batting order and keep him there.

put him in the hitting coach spot,, who knows he may turn things for better in the 2013 season,,,

October 31, 2012  10:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Cashman is the worst GM in baseball. They give him millions and millions more and he still cannot win.

put down the crack pipe,,,

 
October 31, 2012  10:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Bull crap. You're telling me that the GM of the Astros and the Padres and the Indians have it easier than Brian Cashman? Give me a break.

every GM has a bad timming, just one is a little late than the others!!!

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