Brian Cashman’s new deal with the Yankees expected to be quick and easy

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So much drama in Boston. So much rancor. Thank goodness there’s still a bastion of simple, straightforward baseball business: the Bronx:

Hal Steinbrenner/Cashman are scheduled to meet next week, and all parties expect a new GM contract to be done without much rancor

Hear that Red Sox Nation? No rancor. No …

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Sorry about that. It’s been a long week. And because I’ve suspended Twitter Questions until after the playoffs, I’m suffering from a geek deficit disorder.  If you’d like to learn more about The Rancor, please direct your attention here. The people who wrote that have less of a life than any of us do if that’s possible.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.