Yankees, Brian Cashman nearing contract extension

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The Yankees made a disappointing first-round exit from the playoffs this year, but they’re not panicking or seeking a scapegoat. It’s much the opposite.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, negotiations have gone smoothly between the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman as the two sides look to reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension.

Cashman’s current deal, inked in 2008, runs out at the end of this month. But he has no desire to leave New York and the Yanks seem satisfied with the job he’s done since taking over as senior vice president and general manager in February of 1998.

Olney says a new contract should be signed, sealed and delivered within the next week.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.