At the season-ending press conference held with local media such as the Tampa Bay Times on the 9th local time, Cash said, “I am happy here. “I’m looking forward to next season,” he said, adding that he will not be transferring to another team.
Previously, major league columnist Peter Gammons said through his “Many people believe that Francona wants Cathy as his successor,” he said.
He raised the possibility of taking over as head coach of the Cleveland Guardians, succeeding Terry Francona, who is retiring after this season.
Cleveland is the team that Cash coached before coming to Tampa Bay. I worked as a bullpen coach for two years starting in 2013.
Amid these rumors, Cash himself stated that he has no plans to leave his current position.
He is currently guaranteed a coaching contract through 2024 and has a team option remaining for the 2025 season.
Since his contract period remains, other teams must obtain permission from his original team, the Rays, to recruit him. In some cases, compensation is paid for player trades, etc.
Cash, who took over as head coach of Tampa Bay in 2015, left behind a record of 739 wins and 617 losses over nine seasons.
Since 2019, he has led the team to the postseason for five consecutive seasons and advanced to the World Series in 2020. He was selected as Coach of the Year for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Although they were eliminated in the 2023 season wild card series, they recorded 99 wins even though starters such as Shane McClanahan, Jeffrey Springs, and Drew Rasmussen left the game due to injuries and Wander Franco was unable to play due to an unfortunate incident.
Rays President of Baseball Operations Eric Ninder praised Coach Cash, saying, “It was the best job Cash has ever done.”