Cashman talks turnaround with brass

Yanks GM talks turnaround with brass

ST. PETERSBURG -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with several members of the team's ownership group on Tuesday, but the GM's future was not a topic of discussion.

Cashman said that his trip to George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., was not a formal meeting, though he did speak with co-chairmen Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, as well as senior vice presidents Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal and Felix Lopez.

Club brass has not given up hope of keeping alive a streak of consecutive playoff appearances, one that dates to 1995. The Yankees entered play on Tuesday with a record of 73-64, seven games behind the Red Sox for the American League Wild Card lead.

"I think we've gone through the frustration and disappointment part -- the focus now is on this whole thing," Cashman said, gesturing to the field as the Yankees took batting practice at Tropicana Field.

Cashman said the ideal objective is to pick up one game per week in the standings, leading to a Sept. 26-28 showdown at Boston's Fenway Park, the final three games on New York's regular-season schedule.

"That's the simple way to look at it," Cashman said. "Is it too much to ask to make up a game a week? It's not out of the realm of possibility if you keep it simple. We can't do it in two days or three days, but we've got to string together some good baseball.

"You try to win as many games as you can and recognize that you've got to hunt to try pick up one game a week. If you do that, you get to Fenway Park and you give yourself a chance."

Cashman's contract expires this year, and ownership has said that it will be receptive to discussing the possibility of an extension after the season.

Cashman has been New York's GM since Feb. 3, 1998. He has accepted responsibility for the club's struggles this season, saying that he is accountable for putting the roster together and also for the task of fixing what problems have plagued the team.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.