The 2023 MLB season is only a few weeks old, but several teams already have to be concerned.
Between injuries, slow starts, and players not performing to expectations, there are several teams around the majors that have not lived up to expectations. Normally, this would not be cause for concern; there is still a lot of time left and teams do start slowly after all. But when a team has disappointed for years, a slow start could result in that GM seat getting hotter.
Time to turn up the heat on three MLB GMs
Which MLB general managers could be on the hot seat if their teams do not improve? Let’s look at three candidates.
Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom has not exactly covered himself in glory since taking over. Between the organization’s refusal to pay their own aside from Rafael Devers, a horrific return for Mookie Betts, and their numerous mistakes in free agency, Bloom has lost the ‘boy genius’ label. The Red Sox have had one winning season since Bloom was hired following the 2019 season and their 16-14 record entering Tuesday is not good enough. Unless their collection of injured players and questionable free agents starts to perform, Bloom could be heading for an unemployment line.
At some point, the Padres need to show results after their spending spree. A.J. Preller took over during the 2014-15 offseason, and since that time, the Padres have had two winning seasons. Two. That is not good enough. And with the Padres hovering around .500 this season despite an All Star cast, it is time to show something. Otherwise, Preller could be looking for another job.
Brian Cashman is the longest tenured MLB GM, having held his position with the Yankees since 1998. The beginning of his tenure was marked with success as the Yankees won the World Series in his first three seasons. However, the Yankees, despite having one of the highest payrolls in the majors, have gone since 2009 without a title. Constant injuries and a flawed roster have led to a team hovering around .500. It is fair to wonder how much longer Cashman will be in his role unless the Yankees turn things around.
Several teams are off to disappointing starts for the 2023 MLB season. These three general managers may find their seats warming up soon.