Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Brian Cashman and the Yankees are finalizing a five-year, $25 million contract extension.
Cashman currently make $3 million a year and is entering the final year of a three-year deal. He has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He’s been with the Yankees organization since joining as a college intern in 1986 and has never worked for another organization.
Cashman took over the top spot in the Yankees front office in the midst of a dynasty he helped his predecessors, Gene Michael and Bob Watson, build. He has five World Series rings himself and, since becoming GM, the Yankees have won four World Series titles. They came within one game of the World Series this past season, despite the fact that the club has undergone a fairly substantial rebuild in recent seasons during which the legends of the past dynasty retired and the farm system has been replenished, to where it now stands as perhaps the top system in the game.
Hal Steinbrenner is clearly comfortable winning with Cashman and, with this extension, he’s showing how pleased has has been with Cashman’s rebuild. When it’s all said and done, Cashman is likely to be the first general manager to spend his entire career with one team in decades.
ESPN’s Keith Law has released his annual top-100 prospects list. According to Law, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna is the number one prospect in baseball.
After blazing through High-A and Double-A ball last season, Acuna was the youngest player in Triple-A in 2017. He was 19 years-old all season long and put up a fantastic line of .335/.384/.534 in 486 plate appearances at Double and Triple-A. He then went on to star in the Arizona Fall League, leading that circuit in homers. Law, who is not one to throw hyperbolic comps around, says, “if Acuna stays in center and maxes out his power, he’s going to be among the best players in baseball, with a Mike Trout-ish profile.”
Acuna, who is 20 now, is likely play the bulk of the season in Atlanta, even if he’s kept down at Triple-A for the first couple of weeks of the season to manipulate his service time, er, I mean to allow him to develop his skills more fully. Or something. Given the presence of reigning Gold Glove center fielder Ender Inciarte, Acuna is not likely to man center for the Braves this year, but Law says he’d be a plus right field defender, which could make the Braves outfield Death to Flying Things in 2018. At least when Nick Markakis is not playing.
Number two on the list: Blue Jays third base prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. As law notes, the name may be familiar but he’s not very much like his old man. Mostly because young Vlad can take a walk. Which is better, even if it’s nowhere near as fun as swinging at balls that bounce in the dirt first.
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