With contract up Brian Cashman wants to remain Yankees GM

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Brian Cashman’s contract ends later this month, but when asked last night about impending free agency he made it very clear that remaining the Yankees’ general manager is his preference, saying “that has not changed.”

Cashman will surely get plenty of criticism following a first-round exit, particularly after he missed out on Cliff Lee during the offseason, but he ultimately did a pretty solid job piecing together the back-end of the rotation and can’t be blamed for the Rafael Soriano signing that was ownership’s doing.

Yankees president Randy Levine recently indicated that the team wants Cashman back and Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the two sides are “expected to hammer out a new contract soon.” He’s been the Yankees’ GM since 1998 and during that 14-season span they’ve made the playoffs 13 times and won four World Series.

Report: Rangers’ deal with Seung-hwan Oh is off

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The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.

Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.

While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.