Brian Cashman’s new deal with Yankees “just about” done

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There was never much doubt about general manager Brian Cashman agreeing to a new contract with the Yankees and it sounds like the two sides could reach an agreement very soon.

Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that negotiations for a new deal are “just about” complete and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms that story while adding that the talks “should be finished by the end of the week.”

According to McCarron the contract will be for at least three years and presumably Cashman will get a raise on his current $2 million salary. While not technically a general manager, Theo Epstein’s contract with the Cubs is reportedly worth $20 million for five years. Cashman has been the Yankees’ GM since 1998 and they’ve made the playoffs in all but one of his seasons at the helm, winning four World Series.

His first big task of the new contract? Trying to talk CC Sabathia into another massive long-term deal.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.