We learn from this weekend’s NY Post that Cashman was overruled on several decisions heading into and during this season:

1. Did not want to trade for Alfonso Soriano (was against giving up Corey Black)
2. Wanted to re-sign Russell Martin
3. Did not want to re-sign Ichiro
4. Wanted to sign Nate Schierholtz (134 wRC+ with Cubs this season)

We also know from other past reports that the Yankees GM did not want to re-sign ARod after he opted out in 2007 and wanted to be tougher with Lord Derek Jeter during his most recent contract negotiations.

We also questioned back in March if the incredibly stupid Vernon Wells acquisition was really Cashman’s doing — because it was just so incredibly stupid.

It is certainly fair to say that since the Boss has died, Cashman’s autonomy has diminished greatly, as it appears Hal/Randy have exerted a much greater influence on baseball decisions than in the last few years George was alive. Due to the circus the front office has become, it makes it very difficult to pinpoint who’s responsible for what. It’s a clown show now.

However, it is reassuring that Cashman reportedly wasn’t on board for the one-trick pony moves that have dominated the Yankees’ transaction list this year. .

It makes us wonder if Cashman would agree with our recommendation for the remainder of the season, and that’s to sell and inject the system with much-needed young talent.

And regarding young talent, this is where Cashman should be taking blame. We doubt the evil tentacles of Randy Levine reach down into the farm, and this is where Cashman could be yielding greater results:

1. Farm system at upper levels is bare (with one or two exceptions)
2. Literally every first round draft pick since 2007 has disappointed (2012 – Ty Hensley still recovering from hip surgery), with at least two of those picks baffling just about everyone when they were selected.
3. The “newest” full-time homegrown position player on the current roster is Brett Gardner, and he’s been there since 2008.
4. Development of top of the rotation pitching non-existent: i.e. Hughes/Joba never reached hype, Betances now a reliever, Brackman gone, Banuelos hurt

In addition to the lack of impact players being developed on the farm, we’ve haven’t seen in recent years the creative moves for prime MLB talent like when Cashman pulled off the Abreu, Swisher, and Granderson trades. The jury is still out on Pineda, but the only trades we’ve seen over the last couple seasons are of the garden variety quick fixes — no trades for players who could serve as a core for 3-4 seasons.

We’ve also see the Yankees miss out on international signings such as Yu Darvish, Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, and Aroldis Chapman.

With the new CBA, and the spending restrictions in place for the draft and international markets, these mistakes could be painful ones. Also, keep in mind that smaller-market teams are locking up their young talent to long-term deals, so the Yankees ability to lock up elite talent in the free agent market are diminishing.

In summary, it’s difficult to shift all the blame on Cashman for this season’s mediocre campaign and what likely could be the beginning of a secular decline in Yankee-land. There is little doubt that his influence has been reduced to pre-2005 levels as Hal/Levine have asserted themselves into baseball operations. However, at the same time, the Yankees have been deficient in producing young top-end talent, have missed out on the international market, and haven’t shown that trade creativity we saw from 2006-2009 — areas where Cashman likely has more direct control.

Unfortunately, the Yankees’ front office is so disjointed that we may never know who is to blame.